The improved wide receiver group for the Indianapolis Colts has already done something last year’s receivers failed to do in an entire season.
Last season, the Indianapolis Colts had one of the worst wide receiver groups in the entire NFL. Between injuries and overwhelming performances, Michael Pittman Jr. was the team’s only consistent receiver throughout the season. That was a major issue as the Colts entered the offseason, Indy needed to get better in the wideout. However, Chris Ballard was a bit stubborn and didn’t make many moves at the wide receiver.
Instead, he decided to rely on the guys on the list, only adding Alec Pierce with Indianapolis’ first pick in the group’s draft. A few games into the season, Ballard’s gamble began to pay off as wide receivers bolstered and made plays. Not only Pittman but Pierce, Parris Campbell, Ashton Dulin and even the tight ends played.
Now, with 11 games played, the Colts have accomplished something they couldn’t even do in a full season last year. After the 2021 season, there was a lot of talk about Indianapolis being the only team in the league to only have a 400-yard wideout. Now, with six games left in the season, Indy already has three receivers with more than 400 receiving yards.
Colts already have multiple receivers over 400 yards
Pittman led Indy with 1,082 receiving yards last season. He was followed by six players with 300+ yards, but the tallest was Zach Pascal with just 384 yards. Now, after 11 games this season, Pittman is still the leader with 678 yards, but right behind him are Parris Campbell with 440 yards and Alec Pierce with 424 yards. With six games remaining, those numbers will only continue to rise.
It’s been pretty clear this season that guns are no longer the biggest problem for this offense, they’ve played their part. Unfortunately, while pass catchers improved, the offensive line declined, and that’s why Indy’s offense is worse despite having a better set of wideouts this season. The Colts could shoot many yards through the air, but the running game was a challenge and quarterback protection was a disaster.
Still, the improvement from the reception room should be celebrated even if it doesn’t result in more points. This group of weapons is way better than last year and they have proven to have depth and consistency. The most promising part is that they are all young people and they should help Indy for years to come.