Colts add Isaiah McKenzie in free agency to help at receiver

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The Indianapolis Colts improved the depth of their wide receiver room on Tuesday by signing free agent wideout and former Buffalo Bill Isaiah McKenzie.

After losing Parris Campbell to the New York Giants in the first week of free agency, the depth of the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver room was a huge concern. On Tuesday, the Colts addressed that by signing former Buffalo Bills wideout Isaiah McKenzie.

McKenzie has been in the NFL since 2017, starting his career with the Denver Broncos. After being waived by Denver in 2018, he was claimed by the Bills, and he found success in Buffalo as a receiver and as a returner. In five years with the Bills, Isaiah McKenzie caught 137 passes for 1,316 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Colts sign wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie

McKenzie comes to Indianapolis after the best season of his career as a receiver. In 2022, he played 15 games with Buffalo, catching 42 passes for 423 yards and four touchdowns. He’ll now join a Colts’ wide receiver room that has Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce, and Ashton Dulin. With Pittman as the established No. 1 wideout, Pierce, in year two, will likely step up into the WR2 spot now that Campbell is gone.

Dulin, McKenzie, and other young wideouts like Mike Strachan will work to be the other receiving threats as Indianapolis tries to fix its offense. With a healthy Jonathan Taylor and the promising young tight ends, first-year head coach Shane Steichen has some weapons to build an offense around.

While the Colts must also drastically improve the offensive line, the last piece of the puzzle for Indy will be selecting a quarterback in the draft. That’s why signing McKenzie is important, because Indy needs weapons to make life easier on a rookie quarterback. Isaiah McKenzie helps provide some depth to the wide receiver room.

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