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Griff Whalen | Wide Receiver

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: Stanford
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Griff Whalen caught five passes for 32 yards and one touchdown in the Colts' second preseason game on Saturday.
With Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton sitting out, Whalen ran as the slot man with the starters. It's a position that sees a ton of targets in OC Pep Hamilton's offense. Whalen saw eight balls come his way. Whalen reeled in 22 passes over the final five games last season, and has good chemistry with Andrew Luck as they are former college teammates. He's a scrappy backup for the Colts. Aug 16 - 9:50 PM

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Griff Whalen caught five passes for 67 yards in Indianapolis' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Whalen heads into the offseason having caught 22 passes over his final five games. He made the most of his second chance after being re-signed on December 14. Ideally, the Colts would find a more-talented receiver to man the slot in 2014, but Whalen has certainly earned a chance at the job. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound second-year pro has proven to be a surer pair of hands over the middle than fellow Stanford alum Coby Fleener. Whalen is worth a look in Dynasty leagues.
Jan 12 - 12:42 AM

Griff Whalen caught two passes for 26 yards in Indy's Wild Card win over the Chiefs.

Whalen drew six targets, primarily out of the slot. He should be entrenched as the Colts' No. 3 receiver for the remainder of the playoffs. Whalen has a bead on a 2014 roster spot.
Jan 4 - 8:55 PM

Griff Whalen caught four passes for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Week 17 win over Jacksonville.

Playing over Darrius Heyward-Bey recently as a slot receiver in the Colts' sub-package offense, Whalen hauled in a third-quarter touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to give Indy a 27-3 lead. The Stanford alum and Pep Hamilton favorite will fill a similar role in the playoffs for Indianapolis.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:03:00 PM

Griff Whalen caught seven passes for 80 yards in Week 16 against the Chiefs.

Whalen reeled in seven of his team-high eight targets and did a ton of work after the catch. The other target was an end-zone shot. Since being promoted from the practice squad two week ago, Whalen has been running as the No. 3 receiver ahead of LaVon Brazill. The 23-year-old has some skills as a slot receiver. He's worth monitoring in dynasty formats this offseason. Whalen should continue to have a prominent role on offense for the remainder of 2013.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:42:00 PM

Colts WR Griff Whalen has a strained calf, but is expected to be "fine" for Week 16.

Signed off the practice squad on Saturday, Whalen caught four passes for 45 yards against the Texans, running ahead of Darrius Heyward-Bey as a pass catcher. DHB was largely called on to block. Whalen has likely secured a roster spot for the rest of the season, but remains miles from fantasy relevance.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Griff Whalen caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' Week 15 win over the Texans.

Promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, Whalen ran as the Colts' No. 3 receiver in the absence of LaVon Brazill. The performance likely earned Whalen a roster spot through the end of the season, but he'll remain well off the fantasy radar for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Colts promoted WR Griff Whalen from the practice squad.

Whalen is needed as insurance just in case LaVon Brazill (foot) can't play Sunday against the Texans. CB Jalil Brown was waived to make room.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 10:27:00 AM

Colts waived WR Griff Whalen.

TE Justice Cunningham was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. It's a surprising move in that Whalen had been playing heavy snaps since Reggie Wayne (ACL) went down, but unsurprising in that he hadn't been playing good football. Whalen is a catch-and-fall specialist out of the slot who doesn't generate consistent separation. His release should mean more snaps for LaVon Brazill, and possibly Da'Rick Rogers. Both players are more talented than Whalen.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 04:13:00 PM

Griff Whalen caught one pass for six yards in the Colts' Week 11 win over the Titans.

Whalen's lone grab moved the chains on an important 3rd-and-5 early in the third quarter. He drew only three targets. Whalen should continue to get looks in the slot, but is no better than the fourth option in the passing game, and has zero upside in fantasy leagues.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:38:00 AM

Griff Whalen caught three passes for 36 yards in Indianapolis' Week 10 loss to the Rams.

Whalen also took a huge shot to the chest/shoulder area, but wasn't announced as having an injury. He should be fine for No. 3 duties in Thursday night's game against the Titans, but won't be a fantasy option even as the Colts continue to wait for someone to step up on offense.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 06:04:00 PM

Griff Whalen caught three passes for 32 yards in Sunday night's Week 9 win over the Texans.

With Reggie Wayne out for the season, Whalen saw playing time in the slot and played in the majority of three-wide sets. He finished with nine targets, but showed zero playmaking ability and is strictly a possession receiver. Whalen is no higher than the No. 4 option in the passing game and remains off the fantasy radar.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 12:42:00 AM

Colts signed WR Griff Whalen off their practice squad.

With Reggie Wayne done for the year, the Colts call up Whalen instead of Da'Rick Rogers. He's a second-year undrafted possession receiver (5'11/190) out of Stanford that spent all of last year on injured reserve due to a foot injury. Whalen slides in as the No. 4 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and LaVon Brazill.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 08:32:00 AM

Second-year UDFA Griff Whalen is having "without question the best camp" of any Colts wide receiver.

Whalen went undrafted out of Stanford in 2012. He caught 12 passes for 125 yards with one touchdown in two preseason appearances before injuring his left foot and landing on injured reserve. A smallish (5'11/190) possession receiver, Whalen is at least a practice squad candidate this time around.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 09:04:00 AM

Colts placed WR Griff Whalen on injured reserve, ending his season.

Whalen reeled in eight catches for 66 yards in Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal against the Redskins, but suffered a left foot injury in the process. Whalen would have received strong consideration for the practice squad had he stayed healthy.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 05:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andrew Luck
2Matt Hasselbeck
3Chandler Harnish
RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3Dan Herron
4Zurlon Tipton
5David Fluellen
GLB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
FB1Stanley Havili
2Mario Harvey
3Cameron White
WR11Reggie Wayne
2Donte Moncrief
3Griff Whalen
4Josh Lenz
5Ryan Lankford
WR21T.Y. Hilton
2Hakeem Nicks
3Da'Rick Rogers
4Eric Thomas
5Tony Washington
WR31Hakeem Nicks
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Weslye Saunders
5Erik Swoope
K1Adam Vinatieri