Raiders-Colts Matchup No. 3: Porter vs. Wayne

Porter comfortable playing inside and outside

Raiders-Colts Matchup No. 3: Porter vs. Wayne
September 6, 2013, 8:30 am
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The onus is on Tracy Porter to slow Reggie Wayne down, preferably without much help. (AP)

Reggie Wayne was clearly quarterback Andrew Luck’s favorite receiver last season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Editors note: This is the first part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Colts matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m., at Lucas Oil Stadium

Raiders CB Tracy Porter vs. Colts WR Reggie Wayne

Tale of the tape
Tracy Porter (23): 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, sixth season, Indiana
Wayne (87): 6-feet, 200 pounds, 13th season, Miami

Tracy Porter won’t cover Colts receiver Reggie Wayne exclusively. Porter will move into the slot in the nickel package, and Wayne won’t line up in the same spot every time.

The two will lock horns on several occasions in a good matchup to watch. Porter has the strength and speed to keep up with Wayne, a spry veteran who finds ways to get open and make big plays.

The 34-year old had a career-high 106 catches for 1,355 yards, which tied his personal best. He only scored five touchdowns, but was clearly quarterback Andrew Luck’s favorite receiver. There’s nothing to suggest that’s changed.

The onus is on Porter to slow him down, preferably without much help. Free safety Charles Woodson will be on patrol deep, but the better Porter can do on his own, the better the Raiders will be in coverage. When first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden is on him in the nickel, the Raiders can’t have a drop off

Porter had a struggled early in the preseason, but has been better since recovering from a groin injury four weeks back. The Raiders need him to stand tall against all comers during a tough matchup in Week 1.