Three missing pieces the Colts need to be contenders in 2024

The Indianapolis Colts are a few pieces away from having a championship roster. This offseason, Chris Ballard needs to focus on three positions.
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1. A wide receiver

The Colts offense has a few missing pieces and this includes wide receiver. For all the talk about how big of a leap Alec Pierce took, he's not a No. 1 receiver nor is he someone we can rely on for the entirety of the season. With the uncertainty of Michael Pittman Jr.’s contract going forward, the Colts may need to bring in outside help.

As with the other positions in this article, the wide receiver was a hole that no one outside of Pittman filled, and to his credit, he was one of the best and most reliable receivers in the league. As the season went on, he just got better. Pittman caught over 100 passes for over 1,000 yards and although he only caught four touchdowns, his ability to stay healthy is uncanny.

This offseason the most notable free agent receiver is Mike Evans who has had 10 straight 1,000-yard seasons extending his NFL record. The only person besides him to do this is Randy Moss himself at only six seasons. Evans would be a clear target in free agency for a team that needs explosive players with a young quarterback.

Another obvious choice would be Tee Higgins, who will presumably be a product of the salary cap. Other notables are Odell Beckham Jr., Gabe Davis from the Bills and reluctantly I must mention Calvin Ridley, who took a major step back this season.

All of this being said, Chris Ballard must change things up to get over the hump this offseason.