Phillip Dorsett Is Not a Guarantee to Make the Final Roster
Labeling Phillip Dorsett as a disappointing first round pick is an understatement. At this point he has yet to do anything to impress the Colts, and he has not provided the spark for the offense that the organization was expecting.
The 2015 first round pick has produced underwhelming numbers totaling just 51 receptions for 753 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Just two years after being selected 29th overall, the Colts’ offense seems to have little need for his limited production.
Dorsett is fast, but his 4.33 speed alone is not enough to get open in today’s NFL. He seems to be headed towards Ryan Grigson‘s list of underperforming draft picks. Dorsett hasn’t yet shown the ability to thrive in this league, and fans shouldn’t be surprised if Chris Ballard recognizes that and cuts him from the team at the end of training camp.
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The Colts have a deeper team than they’ve had in recent years, and that includes the wide receiver position.
T.Y. Hilton has proven doubters wrong during his career and has developed into a true number one receiver. Number-two receiver Donte Moncrief has become a great red zone target catching seven touchdowns in nine games last season. Fans should expect Moncrief to become more of a threat outside of the red zone as well this year as the 23-year-old wide receiver has certainly not yet reached his peek.
Along with the top two receivers, the Colts added Kamar Aiken, who totaled nearly 1,000 yards with the Ravens in 2015. The Colts also have Chester Rogers, who came on very strong at the end of the season. These two guys will be competing for the number three receiver spot with Phillip Dorsett being the fifth option if he makes the team.
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Bug Howard and Quan Bray are two players who could round out the receiving corps and knock Phillip Dorsett off the team. Bray was hurt last season, but in 2015 he was a spectacular return man and could fill that role again this year.
If the Colts find another return man and decide to cut Bray, Bug Howard is a candidate to make the team and contribute to the receiving corps. He went undrafted out of North Carolina, but he offers good size and consistent hands as he’s listed at 6’4″ and only dropped 4 passes over his 4 years at UNC. If the Colts need another possession receiver and red zone threat, Howard has a realistic chance to make the team.
Phillip Dorsett could be considered as low as the fifth receiver on the depth chart heading into camp, but that could change with a strong showing at camp. The Colts can only take 53 players into the upcoming season, and with a deep team we could see some unexpected cuts. Phillip Dorsett has not done enough to be considered a lock to be one of the members of this strong receiving corps.