1. Find a way to improve the wide receiver group
The receiving core, outside of Michael Pittman Jr., has been very bad to start the season. There is an inability to beat their man and haul in passes that Matt Ryan has been placing in good spots. All offseason, general manager Chris Ballard talked on many occasions about how he liked the core that they had and felt like they were in a good spot. He is wrong. There needs to be something done with this group.
Week 1 was a lot better than this past week in the receiving game. Pittman and rookie Alec Pierce were out and gave some guys some first career starts. Against the Jaguars, the Colts only mustered 164 passing yards. Yes, some of this goes on the offensive line, but there were multiple times where Ryan put the ball right on the hands of receivers and they could not come up with it.
The Jaguars played a lot of press-man coverage and the Colts could not do much about it. The reason they were doing this was to stack the box to take away Jonathan Taylor as a threat out of the backfield. This leaves more people to tee off on Ryan and the running backs, while the receivers just usually need to beat one guy. Indy’s receivers could not do that on Sunday.
I do not believe that we should panic with this aspect either. If Pittman comes back and there is still trouble, go out and get a veteran receiver to help out this offense before it is too late. The receivers are well-coached by future Hall of Famer Reggie Wayne. I am not overly concerned by this group’s lack of play this far, but things need to change.