The Colts have had injury issues at the wide receiver position, so someone has had to step up to make plays. That someone played a big role in Sunday’s win.
At the end of training camp, Zach Pascal was on the cut line. There were several wide receivers who looked really good in camp. On the cut line was Pascal, Chester Rogers, Krishawn Hogan, and Daurice Fountain. Then Fountain got hurt. Then they cut Hogan.
That left Pascal with a job as the fifth or sixth receiver on this team. He was behind T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess, Parris Campbell, and Deon Cain. But then Funchess got hurt in the opener, and Campbell got hurt against the Raiders. That gave Pascal the opportunity to step up.
Step up he did. On Sunday, he had the best game of his career by far. He finished the game with 6 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was deeply involved in the gameplan and he delivered. The Colts have needed his presence badly.
The Raiders game is really where Pascal first started to step up. He had 4 catches for 72 yards in the losing effort at home. But that game showed that Pascal had the capability to do some damage. Now he is firmly in the gameplan for the offense.
Devin Funchess could return from his broken clavicle soon. Campbell could start practicing this week too. The Colts could be getting their weapons back. But they will keep using the weapon they have in Pascal. He just adds another dimension the defense has to scheme against.
As long as Brissett can stay upright, Pascal should continue to play well. He is one of the most liked guys on the team, so his success is well-deserved.