Ashton Dulin has returned to practice for the Indianapolis Colts and could be a much-needed boost for Indy’s struggling offense.
After a stint on the injured reserved, the Indianapolis Colts have designated Ashton Dulin to return to practice. The wide receiver has been sidelined since Week 5 after suffering a foot injury that forced him to miss at least five games. When Dulin went down with his injury, he was one of Indy’s consistent receivers in an already struggling offense with Matt Ryan at quarterback and Frank Reich as head coach.
Now, Ashton Dulin returns to a team where Sam Ehlinger is the starting quarterback, Jeff Saturday is the head coach, and the offense may be even worse than it was at the start of the season. However, Dulin will try his best to help as he works his way back into the rotation and tries to resume the best season of his career as a receiver.
In Dulin’s first five games, he caught 12-of-18 targets for 168 yards. For comparison, Last season was Dulin’s best year as a wideout and he was targeted 22 times in 17 games, catching just 13 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Dulin was well on his way to shattering those career highs. So while he won’t necessarily fix the Colts’ offensive problems, he will be a nice weapon added into the mix.
Can Ashton Dulin be a boost for the Colts’ offense?
Unfortunately for Indianapolis, another weapon is not their biggest need right now offensively— wild considering how much that hasn’t been the case the last few seasons. However, Michael Pittman Jr. has continued his accession, Alec Pierce has quickly established himself as a consistent NFL receiver, and Parris Campbell has finally been able to stay healthy and consistently contribute. Not to mention, Indy’s young tight ends have all had their moments of contribution.
However, it’s the offensive line that has been holding this offensive unit, and the team as a whole, back. Dulin, at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, certainly isn’t going to be able to help with that. Maybe interim coach, Jeff Saturday, who was a six-time Pro Bowl lineman will be able to. Either way, it’ll be nice to see Ashton Dulin back on the field making plays.