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|Birthdate||August 6, 1993|
|Pick||Round: 3, Overall: 90|
Moncrief was released by the Texans with non-football injury designation Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Moncrief was signed by the team in March and was expected to compete for a roster spot throughout training camp. However, the acquisition of Anthony Miller may have been enough to convince the team to cut Moncrief loose, even given reports that Randall Cobb will also likely by offer the roster due to a trade with Green Bay.
Jul. 27, 2021 6:26 PM EST
Donte Moncrief is currently a receiver for Indiana Colts, a player who had a very successful career in high school. In his senior year, he had 21 catches, 441 yards, and nine touchdowns. Interestingly, he also played quarterback at times, throwing for 365 yards and two touchdowns. His rushing stats were solid as well, as he ran 12 times for 144 yards and also returned two touchdown punts.
On the defensive side, he registered 48 tackles and four interceptions that year alone. A dual-sport athlete in his native Raleigh, Mississippi, he was a two-time state champion in long jump. When being recruited, he was considered the 17th best receiver in the nation.
Moncrief played for the University of Mississippi for three years. His freshman year saw him catch 31 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 14.6 yards per reception. In his sophomore year, he caught 66 passes for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 14.8 yards.
In his final year, he caught 59 passes, picked up 938 yards, and scored six touchdowns. Confident of his skills and his draftability, he skipped his senior year to go pro. View college highlights.
Moncrief entered the NFL Draft as a very respected and desired receiver. His combine skills were quite strong: his 40 time was 4.34, his 20 time 2.51, his 10 time 1.54, his vertical was 11'0”, while he benched 39 and one-half times. This, combined with his career in college, made him an intriguing player for many.
That said, he actually went fairly late in the draft: receivers were at a premium that year and it wasn't until the third round when the Colts picked him. On May 30, he signed a four-year rookie contract for $2,808,520 with a $543,520 signing bonus, $543,520 guaranteed, and an annual salary of $702,130.
Moncrief played his first game as wide receiver for the Colts in 2014. He played all 16 games, starting just two. In 49 target attempts, he caught 32 passes for a reception percentage of about 65.3 percent. He picked up a solid 444 yards for an average of 13.9 yards per catch. His longest was a 79-yard catch, his longest to date. Three touchdowns added to his usefulness, as did his four rushing attempts for 17 yards.
In 2015, he again played in all 16 games and started in 10. He was targeted more frequently as a result, getting thrown to 105 times by Luck. Of those passes, he caught 64 for a percentage of 61 percent. He averaged 11.5 yards per catch, many of which were "after-the-catch" yards gained due to his speed. He scored six touchdowns.
In his most recent season, he played nine games and started in seven. He made good use of his limited time, earning a completion percentage of 53.6 while picking up 307 yards on 30 catches. In one area he improved by scoring seven touchdowns. Consistency and reliability remain his strongest suits as he looks to build on his career in the future. View NFL highlights.
Moncrief was raised in Raleigh by his parents, Spencer and Nineta. His friendship with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is well-known and the two have chemistry as people on and off the field. His Twitter account is currently protected, meaning fans have to send a follow request to see his posts. Spirituality is important to him, as his account has the quote “If The Lord is for us, who can be against us? Give thanks to the man above because without him nothing is possible. “