Starting Lineup Projections: Wide Receiver
The wide receiver position has been in flux this offseason, and predicting a starting lineup will be difficult.
The top two spots will definitely go to T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
Hilton and Moncrief’s skill sets compliment each other very well. Hilton is a speedy deep threat, whereas Moncrief has the size and vertical ability to be a dominant red zone target.
If they can both stay healthy, they have the potential to be a dynamic one-two punch on the outside.
We’ve highlighted the third wide receiver spot as one of the biggest position battles heading into training camp.
Phillip Dorsett is entering his third season as a former first-round pick, and Kamar Aiken was promised a chance to compete for the third WR spot when he signed a one-year deal this offseason.
However, it’s been Chester Rogers who has reportedly stolen the spotlight during training camp thus far.
While reports have suggested that Aiken has been unimpressive in practice, the second-year undrafted free agent Rogers has become the favorite.
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Rogers had 19 catches for 273 yards last season, and he poses a threat as a punt returner averaging 9.2 yards per return in 2016.
Dorsett is still under contract through 2018, and it would likely be too costly to cut him this year.
Aiken could be on the roster bubble if he is the fifth WR on the depth chart, but the Colts would only save about $1.1 million if they cut him.
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As it stands, the wide receiver depth chart looks like this:
1. T.Y. Hilton
2. Donte Moncrief
3. Chester Rogers
4. Phillip Dorsett or Kamar Aiken
Quan Bray, Bug Howard, and Tevaun Smith will likely be fighting for the remaining wide receiver spots behind these top five guys.
The competition for the third wide receiver spot is a bit uninspiring, but Hilton and Moncrief are definitely capable of carrying the load.