Where do the Colts receiving corps rank in the NFL?
The receivers for the Indianapolis Colts are entering into a prove-it season as many questions the skill and depth of the group.
All offseason, the conversation for the Indianapolis Colts has been about the wide receiver room or lack thereof. Aside from Michael Pittman Jr., who had a breakout season last year, Indy’s wideout room is filled with young players with question marks.
Many have wondered if the Colts have the talent to help Matt Ryan create a consistent pass game. Last season, Indianapolis’ receivers underwhelmed and the unit has since lost TY Hilton and Zach Pascal. However, Indy did draft, Alec Pierce, in the second round.
Even with the addition of Pierce, there’s still concern about what this unit will be able to add on a consistent basis. That’s why Ben Linsey of PFF ranked the Colts’ receiving corps 25th in the NFL.
Colts receivers ranked 25th in NFL
Linsey acknowledged Pittman’s breakout season and believes he will be able to continue his development with Matt Ryan, but also pointed out that Indy will be depending on two unknowns.
One of those unknowns is Alec Pierce who is just a rookie. The Colts have to hope that his big-play ability can immediately translate to the NFL.
The other unknown is Parris Campbell. While Campbell has flashed talent, he has unfortunately struggled to stay healthy. Indianapolis will need a full season out of Campbell for a productive passing game.
The other option the Colts have is adding to the group. There are several remaining free-agent receivers that Indy could sign before camp. None make more sense than TY Hilton or Julio Jones.
Both Hilton and Jones are established veterans that can still make plays even if they’re not in their prime. Not only will they be an improvement in talent, but they will provide depth at the wide receiver position.
If one of Indy’s receivers goes down with an injury the team will be in serious trouble. It’s best that Indianapolis add another receiver to upgrade the talent and depth of the room.