This surprise trade for the Colts could reunite an explosive receiver with Frank Reich
The Indianapolis Colts could use another receiver and they may soon get help from a player that is familiar with head coach Frank Reich.
All offseason, fans and members of the media urged the Indianapolis Colts to add players to the wide receiver group. However, Indy only drafted Alec Pierce and felt confident with the group it had. After the team’s first preseason game, that confidence hasn’t become contagious.
Indianapolis’ receivers struggled to get open in one-on-one coverage and it was an underwhelming first outing. But, head coach, Frank Reich, insisted that Indy wasn’t necessarily trying to scheme receivers open, and while the young group does need to improve against press coverage, Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Bills wasn’t their final form.
Even if that is the case, the Colts could still benefit from adding another veteran receiver. While there are a few free agents that make sense, Indy could also make a training-camp trade to acquire a veteran wideout. Fittingly, it seems like a veteran receiver that has some history with Reich will become available for trade.
NFL writer, Gregg Rosenthal, recently highlighted that Nelson Agholor seems to be falling out of the plans of the New England Patriots. Considering Agholor’s history with Frank Reich, and Indy’s need at wideout, Rosenthal questioned if that is a move that could be made.
Should the Colts be interested in Nelson Agholor?
Agholor played his first five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and in 2016 and 2017, Frank Reich was his offensive coordinator. They both were a part of the Philadelphia team that won Super Bowl 52.
Now, Agholor is entering his eighth season in the NFL and has since played with the Las Vegas Raiders, in addition to Philly, and is currently a member of the New England Patriots. While never being an elite receiver, Agholor is two years removed from a career year in Vegas when he caught 48 passes for 896 yards and eight touchdowns.
That kind of explosiveness and deep-threat ability makes him an intriguing option for the Colts. With one year remaining on Agholor’s contract, Indy could acquire him for a low cost from New England. This will reunite him with Frank Reich and also give Matt Ryan and Indy’s offense more pass-catching weapons.
It’s evident Indy needs more help at wide receiver, and even if the team is confident with the top guys, it never hurts to add some depth.