A significant theme all through the offseason has been the notion of offensive weapons for the Indianapolis Colts being a unit that lacks a real celebrity. ESPN’s Invoice Barnwell is the most recent analyst to affix the group.
In his rating of each team’s top-six offensive weapons, the Colts got here in at No. 28 within the NFL.
“28. Indianapolis Colts
2020 rank: 26 | 2019 rank: 12
New Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will depart behind these Eagles in 2021, however whereas he’s blessed with a powerful offensive line in Indianapolis, that is one other staff relying on its younger gamers to develop. Essentially the most outstanding veteran on the skill-position spots right here is T.Y. Hilton, who didn’t bounce again in 2020 after accidents impacted his 2019 season. 2019 second-round decide Parris Campbell has mainly misplaced his first two seasons to accidents, with a knee difficulty costing him the ultimate 14 video games of 2020. The hope is that Michael Pittman Jr. breaks via as a No. 1 receiver, however even when he does, will there be a lot across the 2020 second-rounder? Tight finish Jack Doyle has been round seemingly for the reason that Peyton Manning period, however is Mo Alie-Cox going to have a Logan Thomas-style breakout in 2021?
Seven picks after the Colts drafted Pittman, they used the forty first choice on one other key contributor in operating again Jonathan Taylor. The Wisconsin product broke out over the ultimate six video games of 2020, ending second amongst all backs with 741 speeding yards over that timeframe. Whereas 253 of these yards got here in a Week 17 romp over a Jags staff that may as nicely have been on the seashore already, the one-two punch of Taylor and Nyheim Hines works. The story at receiver, a minimum of for now, is extra about hope than the rest.”
The Colts have a budding star in Taylor, who’s primed for an enormous season in 2021 after torching the league during the last six video games of the common season throughout his rookie marketing campaign.
They’re additionally much more bullish on their vast receiver corps than the remainder of the league, which performs into the truth that they didn’t make any additions to the room this offseason outdoors of bringing again T.Y. Hilton on a one-year deal.
There’s loads of hope for the pass-catchers within the offense, however they’re getting into the season with lots to show to each themselves and the league.