Ashton Dulin officially back with Colts, could he have a breakout season?
The Indianapolis Colts are officially bringing back wide receiver Ashton Dulin. Is he ready to take the next step offensively?
The offseason hasn’t been pleasant so far for the Indianapolis Colts at the wide receiver position. They lost Zach Pascal, TY Hilton hasn’t re-signed, and Indy wasn’t a part of any of the major receiver moves that took place.
Things will likely change in the NFL Draft, but before then, Indianapolis welcomes back Ashton Dulin, who will be returning for his fourth season.
Dulin was a restricted free agent, so there was a small chance that he could leave but on Tuesday, he signed his tender to remain with the Colts.
The majority of Dulin’s impact in Indianapolis has been on special teams. In 2021, Dulin was Second-team All-Pro as a specialist. However, he did start to become more of a receiving threat late into the season. Could that development continue into a more impactful offensive role next season?
Could Ashton Dulin be an impactful receiver for Colts?
Dulin finished last season with 22 targets and 13 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns. All were the most in a single season of his three-year career.
While the numbers may not be impressive, Dulin only played 30% of offensive snaps but was able to put together some plays and games that flashed potential.
Dulin has speed and he didn’t drop many of the few passes that came his way. He showed the ability to get open deep and with intermediate routes.
Considering the Colts’ circumstances at receiver, Dulin may be given more opportunity to prove himself this year. There’s no telling what could come from that.
Especially since the Colts have a new quarterback. It’s possible that Matt Ryan could click with Dulin and create chemistry through the offseason that could surprise fans once the season begins.
Dulin has improved and played more as a receiver every year he’s been in the NFL and it would really help Indianapolis if he could take a big leap next year.