Zach Pascal Might Be Favorite Player Of Colts Staff

Zach Pascal Might Be Favorite Player Of Colts Staff

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Zach Pascal Might Be Favorite Player Of Colts Staff

Why do the Colts love wide receiver Zach Pascal so much? A look into the staff offering high praise for Pascal.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Roster moves that take place on June 15th hardly offer a blip on the NFL radar.

That was the case back in 2018, when the Colts were awarded wide receiver Zach Pascal off waivers, from the Tennessee Titans.

At the time, Pascal had yet to play in an NFL game, after going undrafted out of Old Dominion in 2017.

The move seemed like just a camp body sort of transaction, which typically occur during that time of the offseason.

Some 15 months later, you might not find a bigger favorite of the Colts’ staff than the 6-2, 214-pound wideout/special teamer.

Three stories, from three of the most important decision makers inside the Indianapolis front office, explain why.

Frank Reich loved the route so darn much.

Late in the 2018 season, with the Colts striking out on another No. 2 free agent wideout behind T.Y. Hilton, Pascal was going from just a kick returner, to playing important wideout reps.

His flawless route technique on this touchdown, in a ‘must have’ win over the Texans last December, had Reich gushing about Pascal.

“The route will forever go in our clinic reel tape of how to run what we call a ‘shin, pump,’” Reich shared. “It was absolutely pure as far as the detail and the technique and fundamentals. And it couldn’t have been any better.”

Fast forward to July 2019, and Chris Ballard was about to meet the media for his annual pre-Training Camp presser.

Ballard had just finished off a busy offseason at receiver, handing out a hefty pay day to Devin Funchess and spending a 2nd round pick on Parris Campbell.

With plenty of hype surrounding the return of Deon Cain, too, Ballard couldn’t help but wiggle Pascal into a player that should not be forgotten.

“I think it goes understated how Zach Pascal played last year,” Ballard said, without being asked specifically about Pascal. “I think he played well for us. That was a June (waiver) claim. He comes in and competes his butt off and makes it. He played unselfish. He played on special teams. He plays any spot you ask him to play.”

While Cain and Reece Fountain stole the early headlines of camp, Pascal continued to go about his business.

It became even clearer, even before Fountain suffered a season-ending injury, that Pascal was going to be really hard to cut.

He just meant too much to the Colts.

Fast forward to mid-September, as Pascal wasn’t being targeted in 54 offensive snaps the first two weeks, yet was still serving a key role offensively, Nick Sirianni wanted to say something about the unsung wideout.

“Zach Pascal has a block on a linebacker on that play that is incredible,” Sirianni said about a key run in the win over the Titans. “I told Zach today, hopefully he knows that’s the biggest compliment I can give him, I said, ‘I hope Jacob Sirianni, my son, plays football like you do.’ And I made it very clear to the offensive line that my son is not going to be built like them. So, I mentioned it to Zach first and Zach was incredible on that play.”

Ballard. Reich. Sirianni.

Three pretty good people to have in your corner.

And Pascal, who has caught 13 passes for 239 yards and 3 touchdowns over the last 4 games, has that.

Zach Pascal----a staff favorite, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

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