Colts rookie Moncrief eager for first NFL game

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Despite two weeks of training camp preparation, rookie wide receiver Donte Moncrief still expects to be nervous in his first NFL preseason game.

The Colts play the first of four preseason games Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. against the Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"This game will be huge," said Moncrief. "First NFL game, it's going to be very heart-pounding for the first quarter or first few plays because it's always been a dream to get out there with these guys."

Moncrief's family is going to the game to see his NFL debut. The youngest Colts player on the roster (he turns 21 Wednesday) talks to his parents back in Raleigh, Mississippi, after every practice.

"My dad, he'll be waiting for that call," said Moncrief. "You can tell when he answers the phone. He'll be like, 'What's going on baby?' I'll say, 'Daddy, everything is going good. I'm just staying focused and learning everything from the older guys and doing whatever it takes to get on the field.'"

Moncrief's father, Spencer, has a bone disease that forced him to quit working. That's one of the main reason Donte left Ole Miss a year early to enter the NFL draft.

"It was always my dad's dream," said Moncrief. "So just seeing his son actually make it, doing the things he wanted to do, has put a smile on his face. I'm going to keep doing whatever it takes to keep him happy."

A four-year, $2.476 million contract that included a $539,800 signing bonus allows Moncrief to support his family and his one year-old daughter, Malayna Brielle.

The third round draft (90th overall) has impressed the Colts in training camp.

"You cannot coach 6'2" (height), 220 (weight), 4.3 (40 yard dash time) and can catch the ball," said head coach Chuck Pagano. "You guys have seen it. I've seen it. The guy has a great skill set."

Moncrief is also listed as the team's starting kick returner on the first depth chart released this season.

"If he gives us the best opportunity to win, as a kick returner as well as a receiver, we're going to put him out there," said Pagano.