Colts Wide Receiver Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

Colts Wide Receiver Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

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Colts Wide Receiver Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

Our burning questions series is back on 1070TheFan.com. What are the major questions about the wide receivers of the Indianapolis Colts going into the 2019 Training Camp?

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INDIANAPOLISWe are now two weeks away from Training Camp report day for the Indianapolis Colts.

 

A second year of camp at Grand Park will have the Colts on the practice field starting July 25, with 16 open sessions to the public up in Westfield, Indiana.

 

So it’s time to pick back up our ‘burning questions’ series on 1070TheFan.com

 

Here are our burning questions at the wide receiver position heading into the 2019 Training Camp:

1. Does T.Y. Hilton have enough support?

 

Outside of health, this is the biggest on the offensive side of the ball for the Colts entering the 2019 season.

 

T.Y. Hilton has been nothing short of outstanding in his 7 NFL seasons. Hilton is, by far, the greatest move Ryan Grigson made during his tenure in Indianapolis.

 

But Hilton has been forced to carry too much of the wide receiver load as of late.

 

Well, the Colts decided to invest some significant resources this offseason in improving the wideout group.

 

In Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell, the Colts have a couple of very intriguing weapons, with unique skillsets. And the staff remains extremely high on Deon Cain.

 

On paper, this is probably the deepest and most diverse group of receivers that Hilton has had around him. But you have questions on Funchess (maturity/new offense), Campbell (rookie) and Cain (ACL rehab).

 

This stat is alarming on Hilton’s needed presence last year: In 2018, Hilton averaged 10.58 yards per target. All other Colts players averaged 6.47 yards per target.

 

That needs to change.

2. Will the Devin Funchess experiment last past 2019?

 

Time at Grand Park is going to be vital for Funchess and Andrew Luck to build a strong, and necessary, rapport for success in 2019.

 

Funchess is coming off a season in Carolina where he struggled with drops, and in getting on the same age with Cam Newton.

 

With Andrew Luck and Frank Reich in place, Funchess couldn’t ask for much better in terms of a committed QB and play caller to accentuate the strengths of their new receiver.

 

The Colts like the route running from Funchess and were pleased with his aptitude in handling a new playbook this spring.

 

If Funchess, 25, can deliver and be a consistent big body target, it’s quite possible this marriage could last beyond the 2019 season.

 

But a one-year contract brings obvious uncertainty.

 

3. How should the Colts handle rounding out their wide receiver group?

 

Let’s say the Colts keep 5 wide receivers in 2019, which is a number that Frank Reich has thrown out before.

 

It seems like 4 guys are pretty close to locks: T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess, Parris Campbell, Deon Cain (as long as he doesn’t fall on the PUP list to start camp, which doesn’t sound likely).

 

If that’s the case, that would leave the Colts with just 1 spot at wide receiver for Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Reece Fountain, etc.

 

What we have to keep in mind with this final receiver spot is the importance of special teams.

 

Involving a 5th wide receiver in a weekly offensive game plan hardly ever happens.

 

So that player must fill a role on special teams, to really impact game days.

 

That is why the likes of Rogers and Pascal probably have a slight lead going into camp.

 

ICYMI:
-Quarterback Burning Questions
-Running Back Burning Questions

 

 

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