Colts fans are pushing back against critics of Indy’s pass-catching group

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods (80) is congratulated by Indianapolis Colts wide receiver
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods (80) is congratulated by Indianapolis Colts wide receiver / Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY

After the pass-catching group for the Indianapolis Colts received a ridiculous insult, Indy’s fans are pushing back against the criticism.

For years, fans were the biggest critics of the Indianapolis Colts pass-catching group. Every year, the fan base would practically beg Chris Ballard to draft a receiver and sign/trade for all of the talented veterans that became available. Unfortunately, Indy never made a big free agency signing, instead building up the group through the draft.

Now, the Colts have one of their most promising group of pass-catchers in recent memory. At receiver, Indy has the established Michael Pittman Jr., a promising Alec Pierce, an intriguing Josh Downs, and a few other receivers that can contribute. At tight end, Indianapolis is deep with large and athletic tight ends poised to breakout.

Of course, the group will have to prove it on the field, but most people in Indianapolis are excited about what they’ll be able to do. However, that’s not a feeling that’s shared by everyone. NFL analyst, Ian Hartitz, recently tweeted that the top rookie quarterbacks landed with “arguably the four worst groups of pass-catcher in the NFL,” referring to the Colts, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.

Hartitz argued that if these teams aren’t the worst four, they’re at least in the bottom six of the league. Indy’s fans were quick to push back on this claim by Hartitz.

Colts fans believe Indy’s weapons will prove critics wrong

Of the seven quote tweets, five were fans disputing that Indy belonged in this group. Highlighting players like Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce, and Josh Downs, it was clear that Indy’s weapons are expected to be much better than they have been in recent years. Fans are right to have these expectations.

Michael Pittman Jr. has established himself as a solid receiver for the Colts, and while he may not be a tier one receiver in the league, he’s a suitable No. 1 for Indy. In addition to Pittman, Alec Pierce will build off his rookie season where he had very explosive moments, and Josh Downs will have the opportunity to prove he’s one of the best receivers from this recent draft class.

The talent is certainly there at receiver and tight end for Indy, it’s just a matter of putting it all together. The Colts must be able to block up front, and Anthony Richardson must be solid from the pocket. The sooner both of those things happen, the sooner Indy’s pass catchers can prove they don’t belong in the conversation for worst groups in the NFL.