The Clemson product showed plenty of promise during training camp last season, but tore his ACL in the preseason. Colts fans shouldn’t forget about him this season.
Deon Cain was turning heads last training camp, including mine. He was making ridiculous catches and showing great body control. Sure it was only training camp, but he was showing that he was going to contribute immediately as a sixth round pick.
Then the first preseason game came. He tore his ACL, and his rookie season ended before it really got started. It was a big blow to a receiving corp that was desperate for some depth and playmakers. He was going to be counted on to make plays as a rookie.
Now he is back and ready to show the world all of the potential that he had in camp is still there. His competition for playing time is now steeper with the additions of Devin Funchess in free agency and Parris Campbell through the draft. But he is confident he can play.
If Cain can do what he did last training camp, there is no reason he can’t get on the field with regularity. He has fantastic hands and uses his body well to shield defenders away from the ball. There is a place for everyone on the field who can do that.
Cain will likely start as the fourth or fifth guy on the depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton, Funchess, Campbell, and perhaps Chester Rogers. But he can still be a guy that gives the Colts some big plays when his number is called. He just has to stay healthy.
Everyone will be watching to see if his knee can hold up through the whole season. If it does, the Colts just added another playmaker to an already scary offense.