Are Mike Strachan and Dezmon Patmon ready to step up at receiver for Colts?
The Indianapolis Colts are betting on their young receivers and guys like Mike Strachan and Dezmon Patmon seem ready to step up.
All offseason, the Indianapolis Colts have preached their belief in the young wide receivers on the roster. Now, with training camp almost over, Indy seems to have its top group of wideouts. Obviously, Michael Pittman Jr. is the No. 1. Behind Pittman are Parris Campbell, Alec Pierce, and Ashton Dulin. All are young guys capable of having breakout seasons if they can stay healthy.
With that group established, the question became who will be the wide receivers behind them? Will the Colts have any depth for an unfortunate situation where one of the top guys goes down or will the passing game be doomed? After Saturday’s preseason game, it seems like Indy will be in good shape with its depth receivers.
With the starters sitting out the preseason game against the Detroit Lions, the younger wideouts had an extended opportunity to showcase their development, and they delivered. Both Mike Strachan and Dezmon Patmon had impressive performances that they should be able to build on entering the regular season.
Strachan and Patmon impressive for Colts in preseason
Patmon led all receivers with five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Strachan, on the other hand, had three catches for 45 yards and one touchdown. Although it was a preseason game against the second and third units of the Detroit Lions, both wideouts looked promising.
Strachan has been a fan favorite since he first came to Indianapolis last season after being drafted in the seventh round. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, it’s evident why people get excited about his potential. In addition to his size, Strachan made a ton of plays in last year’s training camp and preseason but he wasn’t able to emerge as a serious threat during the regular season.
After starting this year on the PUP list due to a knee procedure, Strachan’s standing with the team had come into question. However, since returning last week, he had quickly made clear that he’s a weapon the Colts will want to keep around.
Patmon saw action late last season and made a big touchdown catch in Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals but that was the peak of his production. Now, with an additional year of experience for both wideouts, they are hoping to be more consistent contributors this season. Hopefully, they will be able to because Indianapolis really needs them to be more present.