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ESPN: Colts Wide Receivers One of Top 5 Offensive Position Groups


According to ESPN Insider’s Field Yates, the Indianapolis Colts have one of the NFL’s Top 5 offensive position groups at their wide receiver position.

While the Dallas Cowboys no doubt have a monstrous offensive line and the Green Bay Packers their own heralded group of wideouts among Yates’ other listed top offensive position groups, the Colts are right there with them in what appears to be a loaded depth chart at wide receiver:

"Colts wide receiversProjected top four: T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Phillip Dorsett, Donte MoncriefOther notable reserves: Duron Carter, Vincent Brown"

"Quick hit: The selection of Dorsett 29th overall came as a bit of a surprise, considering the team’s well-stocked cabinet of pass-catchers, which includes capable tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener. Johnson, the team’s prized free-agent signing, is 34 and averaged just 11 yards per catch last season (2.4 less than his career mark). But playing with Andrew Luck — the game’s best young signal-caller — should result in a more normal year of production for Johnson. Carter, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter, was a widely targeted free agent coming out of the CFL. And I haven’t even mentioned Hilton, the incumbent star in the group, who’s among the best deep threats in the league and is in line for a massive new contract — be it in Indy or elsewhere — after this season. No team threw for more yards last season than the Colts, and with one of the league’s best WR corps, it’d be no surprise if the same held true in 2015."

With T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson as the #1 and #2 wide receivers respectively, yet still having emerging 2nd-year wideout Donte Moncrief (who Yates surprisingly failed to mention in-depth) and blazing fast rookie Phillip Dorsett behind them, the Colts are incredibly deep and talented at wide receiver.Whether it’s 3 or 4 wide receiver sets, the Colts figure to dissect a lot of opposing secondaries, especially with Andrew Luck throwing the football. The clear advantage lies in the fact that the Colts tremendous depth at wideout should give them a significant advantage over most opposing teams often limited depth at cornerback.Donte Moncrief or Phillip Dorsett being covered by an opposing defense’s nickelback? The Colts will gladly take that matchup almost every time in a league where there are very few good cover cornerbacks anymore. A sentiment already shared by Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton:

With the 4 aforementioned bonafide “horses” at wide receiver and even some developmental upside lower on the depth chart in Duron Carter, Yates is spot on with his assessment. The Colts are seemingly stacked at wide receiver and should have among one of the league’s best offensive position groups.

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