2. Zach Pascal
The Colts could easily get value for wideout Zach Pascal.
There’s no doubt the Colts value Zach Pascal, who burst onto the scene in 2019 with 41 receptions, 607 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts). That’s pretty damn good, especially with Jacoby Brissett under center.
However, just like above, the Colts spent a high draft pick on USC star Michael Pittman Jr., who figures to be a starter Week 1. Throw in the fact last year’s second-round pick, Ohio State star Parris Campbell Jr., is hoping to take over the role of slot receiver after an injury-filled 2019 that derailed his campaign, and you’ve got limited playing time for Pascal.
TY Hilton is the team’s No. 1. Pittman will be opposite him on the outside. Campbell should be in the slot. Pittman’s presence off the bat takes playing time away from Pascal, and after a breakout season he may not be pleased with that. If he wants to contribute elsewhere without being blocked, assuming the Colts’ vision progresses as planned, then there’s no reason not to give him that opportunity.
Indy also brought aboard Washington State star wideout Dezmon Patmon, who was arguably undervalued heading into the 2020 draft. Ballard took advantage though, snagging the speedster at No. 212 overall. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound WR caught 119 passes for 1,578 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Cougars.
The Colts have more than enough depth if they were to part with Pascal, who at this point seems to be the odd man out on paper.