4 position battles for Colts entering training camp

Colts WR Parris Campbell (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce (14) catches a pass during minicamp at the Colts practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports /

A battle to be the No. 2 receiver

This battle contains another rookie but it isn’t for a starting spot, but for a priority position. Colts’ top pick, Alec Pierce, will compete with Parris Campbell to be the No. 2 wide receiver in Indy’s offense. Michael Pittman Jr. established himself as the clear No. 1 last season.

While both Pierce and Campbell will likely be on the field as the two receivers accompanying Pittman, camp will be important to determine who’s the No. 2. That designation makes a difference in play calling and targeting from Matt Ryan.

Depending on who has the stronger camp of the two, Reich will likely get the better receiver involved in more action and line them up as a priority read. Additionally, camp is an important time to build chemistry with the quarterback. If one guy continues to do things the right way and finds himself open often, Ryan will build a rapport with him that will carry over into the season.

Pierce is a bigger body that can work on the outside and Campbell is a speedy receiver that can lineup on the inside. It will help the Colts if both Campbell and Pierce had fantastic camps but at least one of them needs to go out and establish themselves as a legit No. 2, something Indy didn’t have last season.