Will Colts Wide Receiver Depth Deliver In 2019?

Will Colts Wide Receiver Depth Deliver In 2019?

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Will Colts Wide Receiver Depth Deliver In 2019?

Frank Reich loves his wide receiver depth heading into the 2019 season. How might the depth play out for the Colts?

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INDIANAPOLISIt might be the position group which has made the biggest jump in depth since last year.

 

The Colts did not hesitate to devote some serious off-season resources into the wide receiver position in 2019.

 

In return, that’s a group with some tough decisions coming when it’s time for roster cut down in late August.

 

“Last year at this time it wasn’t as deep,” Frank Reich admits of how things have changed at wide receiver. “I think those battles were starting to in some ways declare themselves a little bit (in the spring) even though you know deep down you’ve got to wait until Training Camp.

 

“But this year, definitely there is more depth there, more guys that we have a lot of confidence in. So literally, it’s we’ll let it all play out and guys are going to get a lot of reps. It’s a question of who can stay healthy, who can be consistent and who can contribute on special teams for that fourth and fifth spot.”

 

Hearing Reich label specifications for rounding out the wideout group, and dropping the number 4 and 5, are things we should keep in mind when camp starts.

 

If just 5 wide receivers are kept, that really shrinks the open spots for a currently deep pool.

 

The Colts obviously aren’t cutting T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell.

 

The Indy staff is also pretty adamant that Deon Cain will not open up camp on the physically unable to perform list, and they remain extremely high on his potential.

 

So there’s 4 guys, perhaps leaving just 1 open spot at the wide receiver position?

 

You still have the likes of Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal, Reece Fountain and Marcus Johnson in the mix. All 4 were on the 53-man roster at different points last season.

 

While the depth in names and numbers is there, you still have questions and just an unproven look at how this group will exactly play out.

 

Funchess and Campbell are the newcomers, having never practiced with Luck.

 

Cain and Fountain are 2018 draft picks who played a total of 3 regular season snaps as rookies.

 

Rogers is in a very important contract year for his future.

 

Pascal and Johnson entered 2018 with 5 total catches in their respective NFL careers.

 

In total, the Colts currently have 13 receivers on their 90-man roster. No position group will see more bodies cut from it over the next two months.

 

Outside of Hilton, it’s a group that will be feeling different kinds of pressure when things get underway at Grand Park in a few weeks.

 

“They know they have to step up and make plays,” Hilton says of his fellow receivers. “There’s going to be competition at every spot.”

 

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