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How Much Have The Colts Improved At Wide Receiver This Offseason?

In losing Ryan Grant and Dontrelle Inman this offseason, and adding Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell, how much better are the Colts at the wide receiver position?

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INDIANAPOLIS – It was a position that many had been clamoring to be upgraded this offseason, not only in the short term, but also the long term.

But there was always that question of how serious would Chris Ballard invest into a position that the Colts did not view as that important of a need as other positions this offseason.

Well, Ballard’s actions towards bolstering the receiver group were pretty significant.

 

In free agency, Ballard gave Devin Funchess a 1-year deal worth $10 million, the second highest annual figure for any free agent wideout this spring.

Then in the draft, Ballard went against his previous draft history, by selecting Parris Campbell in the second round.

Serious money in free agency plus a premium draft pick was used for a position that was exposed at various times in 2018.

It’s a new-look wideout group, besides the mainstay of T.Y. Hilton, with the likes of Ryan Grant (Oakland) and Dontrelle Inman (New England) moving on for various reasons.

Let’s take a look at what the Colts have lost and gained at their receiver position going into 2019:

Gains

Losses

  • Ryan Grant: The Colts swung and missed on Grant last year, with an ankle injury not helping the cause. Grant, 28, was the team’s No. 2 wideout throughout the offseason and for the first month and a half of the season. But after Week Five, he didn’t have one game with more than 2 catches OR 25 yards. Grant’s contract expired in March and he signed with the Raiders a month ago.
  • Dontrelle Inman: What a find Inman was for the Colts last October. He silenced the plaguing drops and grew to be such a trustworthy target late in the season for Andrew Luck. But it became clear this offseason that the Colts wanted to push the ceiling higher for their wideout group. That has caused a crowded receiver room with Inman now moving on to the Patriots. If drops do appear again for a guy like Funchess though, the security blanket of Inman will be long gone, over with the Colts’ biggest rival.
     

Diversifying the receiver group, via younger players with more upside, has occurred for the Colts in 2019.

Will it lead to an offense reaching its vast potential?

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