The Colts suddenly have options at the wide receiver position. One of those players will need to have a good training camp if he wants to get some playing time.
Zach Pascal was one of the few players who had some consistent production for the Colts last season. Pascal had his best season in 2019, catching 5 touchdowns and having over 600 yards receiving in his second year. He was the player who Jacoby Brissett relied on most in the passing game.
All of a sudden, Pascal might be fighting for more playing time than he thought he might. Pascal now might be fourth on the depth chart going into training camp. T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr., and even Parris Campbell might all be ahead of him.
Pascal needs to have himself a fantastic training camp and preseason if he wants to get a significant amount of playing time. One of Pascal’s strengths is his hands. He doesn’t drop too many balls thrown his way, which is something that plagued the Colts as a whole last season.
Campbell might be Pascal’s biggest competition in terms of playing time. Campbell missed most of his rookie season with an assortment of injuries, but his talent is undeniable. If he can stay healthy, Pascal might be stuck low on the totem pole.
Pascal needs to focus on his route running and getting stronger. Being a more precise route-runner will help him get better separation to make up for his lack of top-end speed. Getting stronger will help him win more contested catches as well.
We won’t know what Pascal will bring until August, but the Colts are expecting good things for him.