What to Expect from Colts Wide Receivers this Season
Preseason is in full swing, but the regular season will be here soon enough. What should we expect from the Colts wide receivers?
T.Y. Hilton has led the Indianapolis Colts in receiving each of the past five seasons and expect more of the same in 2018. Last year marked the first season since his rookie year that he failed to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a season, but that was due in large part to the absence of Andrew Luck. Hilton has always been one of Luck’s favorite targets and the two of them will look to restore their chemistry in 2018.
After Hilton, the Colts have plenty of question marks surrounding their receiving corp. The rest of the Colts receivers have less than 200 career receptions between all of them.
Ryan Grant has the most career receptions after Hilton and is coming off his best season as a pro with Washington last year. He caught 45 passes for 573 yards and four touchdowns and the Colts are going to try and rely on him to take another step forward this upcoming season.
Chester Rogers enters his third season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts and much like Grant, the Colts are going to have to also try and rely on him to improve on what has been a mediocre two seasons. In Rogers two seasons with the Colts, he has caught 42 passes for 557 yards and just one touchdown.
Unfortunately, the Colts lost rookie receiver Deon Cain for the season to a torn ACL. Reports out of training camp were Cain had been a surprise standout, but the Colts will now have to wait until next season to see their sixth-round pick out of Clemson.
Now, this is where the depth chart becomes “interesting” and full of even more questions. There are a number of receivers fighting for a spot on the final roster and it is still unclear on who might earn a spot.
Kasen Williams, Steve Ishmael, and Zach Pascal all currently lead the rest of the receivers with a mere three receptions each so far in the first two preseason games.
Other names to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the preseason are K.J. Brent, James Wright, Seantavius Jones, Matt Hazel, Reece Fountain, Krishawn Hogan, and newly signed Cobi Hamilton.
Frankly, no one has stood out thus far in the preseason so it should be interesting to see what receivers make the final 53-man roster, but there is no doubt that Andrew Luck will need more weapons on offense in order to be successful this upcoming season.