2. Wide receiver Mike Strachan
Mike Strachan has had a lot of mystique around him since he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL draft out of Charleston, a Division II school. Strachan is a big-body receiver at 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds which makes another tall tree in the forest the Colts are trying to build on offense. However, he hasn’t seen the playing time for fans to see what type of player he is. In his rookie season (2021), he played in six games but this season he is up to 10.
Last season he had two receptions on three targets for 26 yards in six games played. This season Strachan has played in 10 games recording three receptions on eight targets for 59 yards. What is interesting to note is that each reception of Strachan’s career has generated a first down. The Colts used Ashton Dulin more in their recent loss to the Cowboys and it resulted in him scoring a touchdown, the first of the season and third of his career. Dulin has even played in one less game than Strachan.
In a similar situation as Flowers, what is the harm in putting Strachan out there more? Right now Matt Ryan is struggling to hit his targets so maybe a big-bodied receiver will help. Plus, from an evaluation standpoint, it would be nice to see what Strachan looks like in more consistent, live-game action to determine if he is a piece of the future.
He has somewhat of an injury history and the Colts have dealt with that from other receivers like Parris Campbell. Campbell has put together the best season of his career this season largely because he has stayed healthy and played the most games in a season of his career. Nevertheless, letting Strachan play more will take some wear and tear off Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce, and Campbell who look to be key pieces for the future.