3 underrated Colts players who could make a massive impact next season

Keep your eye on these guys in 2024.

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Josh Downs, Wide receiver

Josh Downs had a very solid campaign as a rookie last season for the Colts. He played in all 17 games for the team and 68 receptions for 771 yards and two touchdowns, and he's poised to improve upon those numbers during his sophomore season.

Downs will likely start the season as Indianapolis' No. 2 receiver across from Michael Pittman Jr., and that should afford him ample opportunity to put up numbers. The experience that he gained last season should help, too. Plus, after being limited to just four games last season, quarterback Anthony Richardson is expected to be healthy for the upcoming campaign, and that could mean good news for the receiving corps, both in terms of statistics and the ability to develop some chemistry.

Alec Pierce, Wide receiver

Pierce is in a similar situation to Downs, except he's entering his third season with the team instead of his second. Over the first two yers of his career, Pierce has established himself as a legitimate target, as he has hauled in 73 receptions for 1,107 yards and four touchdowns.

Like Downs, Pierce also could be in line for a productive season with the return of Richardson. The trio of Pittman Jr., Downs and Pierce looks pretty promising on paper, but it's going to be up to them to go out there and execute. If Richardson is able to become the quarterback that the Colts hope they can be, don't be surprised to see big seasons from both Downs and Pierce.

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