Players with diverse Colts skills can take offense on another level

The Indianapolis Colts start the season with a new quarterback and question marks on offense. The most important question is: who will take over behind Michael Pittman Jr? And what will Indy’s attack look like in 2022?

Colts general manager Chris Ballard has been tasked with recruiting talented players for the Colts offense. Ballard drafted dynamic players. Most notably Nyheim Hines, Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. These players made big plays for Indianapolis. Hines was one of the best running backs for passing, Taylor led the league in rushing last season, and Pittman Jr posted 1,082 receiving yards in 2021.

Michael Pittman Jr is the most experienced and productive receiver on the Colt roster. However, the Colts have depth at the receiver position that can take the offense to another level. Parris Campbell and Ashton Dulin are young wide receivers who can play in multiple positions on the field. When healthy, Campbell has proven to be a Swiss army knife for colts. Dulin made the most of his opportunities in 2021. Dulin made big plays against the Houston Texans and caught a 62-yard touchdown against the Buccaneers. Both Dulin and Campbell can be used on throw sweeps and in the backfield as a running back or a decoy.

Other receivers include rookie Alec Pierce, Mike Strachan, Dezmond Pattmon and Keke Coutee. Pierce, Strachan and Pattmon are tall receivers who can stretch the field. With more playing time, these receivers can catch Matt Ryan’s through passes. Plus, they’ll have yardage opportunities after the catch because Ryan is an accurate quarterback. The yards after catch will help the Colt offense gain yards and control the ball on offense.

Frank Reich’s offenses are built around tight ends. Indianapolis had some good tight ends including Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope and Trey Burton. Currently, Indianapolis has Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods and Andrew Ogletree.

Indianapolis tight ends are big, long and versatile. They can block defensive linemen and open up holes in the running game. Matt Ryan can aim for his tight ends when Indy enters the red zone. Mo Alie-Cox made big plays and can continue to help the Colt’s offense.

The colts want to improve in attack and have more explosive games. Indy’s big receivers and tight ends can create lags and take the Colt’s offense to another level.

Valerie J. Wallis