Moncrief's playing time has steadily increased, cresting with a season-high 50 snaps at Cleveland last week. That number should continue to rise out of necessity.
Hakeem Nicks has been a free-agent bust, failing to separate from defensive backs. Playing through a torn triceps injury, Reggie Wayne is coming off the worst game of his career, featuring three drops, two more passes knocked out of his hands and two Andrew Luck interceptions on throws in his direction.
Hamilton's offense is unique in that it deploys an extraordinary number of personnel groupings and is one of the few that does not designate wide receivers as X, Y or Z. Moncrief's playing time had been limited as he learned all of the wide receiver positions and route concepts, but he's gradually earning Luck's trust.
"It's obvious that he can make plays," Hamilton said this week, via The Indianapolis Star.
Beyond that playmaking ability, Moncrief's goal is to follow Wayne's lead as a complete receiver, running precise routes, catching balls in tight spaces and blocking in the run game.
At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds with freakish measurables, Moncrief is one of the most physically gifted of a historically great rookie wide receiver class.