Last season the Colts did have a noticeable hole at wide receiver. Last year outside of T.Y. Hilton the Colts really didn’t have another option. How does that group stack up now to the rest of the league?
In reality, Dontrelle Inman was the second best in the group. If Inman is your number two receiver that should say something about the group. That’s no disrespect to Inman as he was extremely reliable for Luck this past season. Top to bottom they weren’t very good and had a lot of drops. Ryan Grant was the free agent signing who turned out to be a big bust, but this season the Colts looks to have really improved at the position.
This season, the Colts attacked the need by drafting Parris Campbell and then signing Devin Funchess. Although many “experts” will say Funchess is lined up to be a bust for the Colts because of his less than average years with Carolina.
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But the same was said about Detroit Lions “bust” turned Pro Bowl tight end Eric Ebron. I’m not saying that Funchess will have the same result as Ebron did last season, but I am saying that he still could have a pretty good year.
This group will be a focal point to watch this offseason through camp and OTA’s. It’s going to be extremely competitive. T.Y. Hilton, Funchess, Campbell are safe to make the roster, but outside of that Pascal, Johnson, Rogers, Cain, Fountain, etc. are all competing for a roster spot.
We all know what T.Y. is and what he’s capable of, and adding a big body in Funchess and rookie speed burner Parris Campbell could make this group one of the best in the league. It will be exciting to watch the Colts offense this season because, as T.Y. Hilton said, this offense is going to be scary.
I wouldn’t say this receiver group is top 5 by any means because of all the unproven talent. Guys like Cain, Campbell, and Marcus Johnson have a lot to prove still. The receivers further down the depth chart still have to fight for their roster spot.
As far as ranking the Colts wide receiver room right now as it stands against the rest of the league, I don’t feel comfortable putting them in the top 10 yet, but I feel the sweet spot for the group would be top 15.
Adding Funchess and Campbell this off-season was huge for the Colts. Also having a top 5 quarterback in Andrew Luck throwing to them definitely does help the receivers. I strongly believe the Colts offense is one of the more creative offenses in the league which gives the receivers a boost. Look for the Colts to have a top 15 receiver room this season.