The Colts’ receiving corps has undergone a makeover during the offseason, and head coach Frank Reich likes what he’s seen from the group in OTA’s.
Outside of T.Y. Hilton, the Colts’ wide receiver depth chart is either unproven, inexperienced, or both.
However, there is a decent amount of upside among this group and they have the potential to surprise a lot of people in 2018.
The Colts have begun their annual OTA’s this week, and it’s difficult to glean much meaningful information during this period of practices.
However, it’s clear that Frank Reich is high on this receiving corps according to his quote in an article by the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder:
"“I’m really happy with the whole group,” said Reich. “All the guys have been flashing. I really feel strongly about this young wide receiver crew. No. 1, the way they’re coming off the football and the way they’re competing. … There are things that really excite me. I know we have a long way to go, but there’s a lot of progress. There’s some guys who are explosive. Big, strong guys. I think we’re catching the ball well. I’m really encouraged.”"
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The number two spot on the depth chart will likely come down to a competition between Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers. Both of them have shown promise early on in their careers, but this would be an increase in role for either player.
Daurice Fountain and Deon Cain are rookies that could have an immediate impact, but the Colts’ coaching staff doesn’t quite know what they’ll become just yet.
Undrafted free agent Steve Ishmael is a possible sleeper who could make the roster as the fifth or sixth receiver.
Losing Donte Moncrief opens up an opportunity for these receivers to step up and make plays in 2018. The hopeful return of Andrew Luck should also inject some more life into Indianapolis’ passing game.
Wide receiver will be one of the most interesting positions to keep an eye on this offseason, and we’ll be tracking it closely leading up to the regular season.