Bahamian wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts Mike Strachan made the most of his time on the field on Sunday, hauling in two catches for 26 yards in his debut in the National Football League (NFL).
Both of Strachan’s receptions were huge, both going for first-downs, but the Colts came up short on their home field, losing to the Seattle Seahawks, 28-16, at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Strachan became the first Bahamian-born receiver to catch a pass in the NFL since Devard Darling for the Kansas Chiefs during the 2008-2009 season, and also the first Bahamian-born player to play in the NFL since Darling. Also, Strachan is just the third Bahamian-born player to ever suit up for an NFL team, joining Darling and Ed Smith.
Strachan got in on the action early as he came across the middle on a third-down and four play from the Colts’ 31-yard line just over a minute into the game and reeled in a catch for 10 yards to give the Colts their first first-down of the game and of the season. Seahawks’ right cornerback Tre Flowers and defensive end Benson Mayowa combined for the stop on the play.
The catch was Strachan’s first of his young NFL career, and came just over a minute into the game. It extended a drive which led to a field goal.
However, the Seahawks would go on to score touchdowns on back-to-back possessions before the Colts responded. The Colts never led again.
The 24-year-old Bahamian receiver was only targeted twice in the game and pulled in receptions both times.
With time winding down in the third quarter, and the Colts down 21-10, their starting quarterback Carson Wentz called Strachan’s number again, and again Strachan came through with a big play.
With the Colts backed up on their own 12-yard line, and facing a third-down and 12, Wentz found the talented Bahamian in the middle of the field, and Strachan reeled it in for a 16-yard reception. Seahawks’ left cornerback D.J. Reed made the tackle on the play, but not before Strachan picked up another first-down. However, the drive stalled as the Colts turned the ball over on downs.
The Seahawks scored a touchdown on their next offensive drive and the Colts never recovered, falling 28-16 in their season opener.
Wentz was 25-for-38 for 251 yards and two touchdowns in the loss while Russell Wilson finished 18-for-23 for 254 yards and four touchdown passes for the Seahawks. Neither quarterback threw an interception.
Strachan finished fifth on the team in receptions and receiving yards on the day. He was the first receiver off the bench for the Colts, coming into the game in their spread offense and made an immediate impact as he picked up their first first-down of the season.
Strachan and the Colts will remain home, hosting the Los Angeles Rams at
Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, next week Sunday. That game will get underway at 1 p.m.
Strachan, a seventh-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft by the Colts, had a strong preseason, making an impression and being named to the 53-man roster. The 6’5” 225-pound receiver caught 10 passes in the preseason for 130 yards, averaging 13 yards per catch.
In his final preseason game, Strachan had five catches for 61 yards in a 27-17 win for the Colts over the Detroit Lions.
Strachan and the Colts finished with a perfect 3-0 win/loss record in the preseason.