The Indianapolis Colts believe that replacing Philip Rivers with Carson Wentz can keep the offense humming along, but that confidence shouldn’t prevent Chris Ballard from looking to get his gamble at quarterback some extra help.
Indianapolis might be much less deep at the wide receiver position in 2021, as TY Hilton and Zach Pascal are both scheduled to be free agents.
As good as Michael Pittman Jr. and Paris Campbell can be, the Colts need to use their cap space to get Wentz someone that he can trust in crucial situations.
Luckily for Indianapolis, the 2021 free agent class promises to be one of the deepest in recent memory.
Not only will dominant possession receivers be available in free agency, but quality route-runners, big-play deep threats, and reliable slot targets can be had if Ballard wants to win the offseason by splashing the cash.
With Hilton and Pascal potentially bolting Indianapolis in this offseason, any one of these three wideouts could both replace those two and give Wentz a true No. 1 receiver who he can look for in crunch time.
These 3 wide receivers could be huge assets for the Colts
No. 3: Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
Reynolds had the best season of his career last year despite some inconsistent quarterback play from Jared Goff. Unfortunately, Reynolds is likely not coming back to LA, as the presence of Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and 2020 second-round pick Van Jefferson could make it tough for him to get some consistent snaps.
Reynolds is showing off a lot of the traits that made him such a desired prospect at Texas A&M. While Indianapolis has some quality receivers and experienced red zone targets, they lack someone who can take the top off of the defense, and Reynolds could really hit his stride in that role as a Colt.
Reynolds could break out with the Colts
The Colts are hoping that Pittman and Campbell end up being quality starters, but Pittman’s (No. 11 in your program!!) speed is still very much a question and the former Ohio State star in Campbell is much better with the ball in his hands as a runner.
The New England Patriots built a dynasty on paying players for what they will do, rather than what they have done. Reynolds’ numbers might’ve suffered due to the logjam in LA, but he could become a genuinely feared player on the Colts if given a featured role as the downfield big-play receiver.