While that’s not necessarily a surprise to anyone following the Colts, the competition isn’t just between emerging 2nd year wideout Donte Moncrief and promising rookie Phillip Dorsett, perhaps as originally thought. Rather, both recently signed former CFL standout Duron Carter and ex-San Diego Chargers veteran Vincent Brown will also be involved in the competition per Wells:
"“T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson will likely be the Colts’ top two receivers next season,” writes ESPN’s Mike Wells. “Everything else is up for grabs. Dorsett will be competing against Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter and Vincent Brown to be the Colts’ No. 3 receiver.”"
Sep 6, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (4) runs with the ball prior to a game against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Consequently, what was once a “two horse” race may turn out to be four. It’s good to see that the Colts are going to let the competition for the 3rd wideout spot plays itself out based on merit and performance during this offseason. Still, one would have to think that either Dorsett or Moncrief remain the frontrunner to win the position, even with the “open competition”.
That’s not a knock on either Carter or Brown, but both Dorsett and Moncrief appear to have the most physical ability and talent out of this group. Moncrief showed the Colts what he could do last season in somewhat limited action as a rookie, and the Colts didn’t just invest a first round pick on Dorsett to have him sit on the sidelines for an extended period of time.
Still, it’s always helpful to have a healthy competition, and it’s possible that either Carter or Brown could truly surprise and turn some heads. If nothing else, each player should push either Moncrief or Dorsett for the 3rd wideout spot and bring out their best. Next year’s Colts receiving corps is simply loaded, and the offense should be very dangerous in 3, even 4-wideout sets, whatever the ultimate outcome.
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