As a Colt fan I hope Rivers balls out.
But I have to be honest, I am skeptical about Rivers. I wanted younger, not older.
Personally I wanted Bridgewater and like his contract much more than what Rivers signed for.
I think your point on Fountain here is pretty important to understanding Ballard's off-season strategy at WR.
Initially, I hoped we'd sign a free agent and use a second round pick (preferably 34)...and now it looks like we'll only address WR thru the draft.
Hilton is still young enough to expect a return to form this year. Campbell, despite the low reps, is expected to emerge and you have to leave space for that opportunity or he won't grow. Pascal caught 41 balls for 600+ yards....from Brissett. It's almost a certainty we'll draft a receiver in the 2nd round. Four roster spots are pretty much locked in.
Back to Fountain...having 2 years in the program, there is every reason to believe Ballard may prefer Fountain as the 5th receiver over an additional drafted rookie or journeyman vet UFA. I can still see drafting a second WR this year, but am no longer shocked that we didn't re-sign Funchess or chase other UFA receivers.
Ballard isn't neglecting the position, he's staying the course on development so that the young talent is ready when Hilton departs, and the emergence of Pascal last year was as good or better than anything you could expect from signing a middle tier outside free agent to build a bridge to the rookies.