Kamar Aiken Not Impressing in Training Camp

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Wide receiver Kamar Aiken
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Wide receiver Kamar Aiken /

The third wide receiver position is wide open this season, but Kamar Aiken is reportedly not seizing the opportunity.

The Colts signed wide receiver Kamar Aiken to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million this offseason after he had spent the last three seasons in Baltimore.

Aiken was expected to compete with Phillip Dorsett and Chester Rogers for the third wide receiver position on the depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.

According to Indianapolis Star beat writer Stephen Holder, Aiken has not looked good in training camp thus far.

We’ve highlighted this competition for the wide receiver spot as one of the most important position battles heading into training camp.

While Aiken has reportedly gotten off to a rough start, Chester Rogers has done the opposite.

Zak Keefer, of the Indianapolis Star, has reported that Rogers has received the lion’s share of reps as the number three wide receiver during practice.

Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen gave Rogers a “real shot” at winning the job when most expected it to be a two-man race between Aiken and Dorsett.

Rogers had a feast or famine year in 2016 where he finished eight games with 2 or fewer targets, but he had two games with over 60 receiving yards.

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It’s worth noting that new general manager Chris Ballard didn’t draft Phillip Dorsett, so he doesn’t feel the need to play him just because he’s a former first-round pick.

Aiken is 28 years old and is not under contract past 2017. Whereas Rogers and Dorsett are both under the age of 25, and are under contract through at least 2018.

This is one of the most crucial training camps of Aiken’s career, and he reportedly needs to step it up if he wants to see the field this year.