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Adam Rank has a refreshing belief about the Colts’ receivers

by Jaleel Grandberry

 

NFL writer Adam Rank has a unique opinion about the young and inexperienced wide receiver group for the Indianapolis Colts.

All offseason, the wide receiver room for the Indianapolis Colts has been subject to much criticism. Since last season ended, Indy was met with the constant demand to add a receiver in free agency or by trade. However, the Colts just waited until the Draft and selected Alec Pierce.

Now, everyone talks about how young and inexperienced the wideout room is and how they may ultimately make or break Indy’s season. They were also recently ranked the No. 25 receiving unit in the NFL by PFF.

While the majority of the NFL world isn’t impressed, there is one person willing to admit that they are kind of excited for the unit. That person is Adam Rank from NFL.com. Although Rank recently predicted a disappointing finish next season for the Colts, he went out on a limb to say “The Colts’ receivers are kind of good.”

Adam Rank believes Colts’ receivers are actually good

This may have been the first time anyone outside of the organization has said this about Indy’s wideouts in the last two years. While much of the criticism and questioning is warranted, Rank believes in the promise of the unit.

In a piece looking at the “State of the 2022 Indianapolis Colts,” Rank argues that people are overlooking what this group of young receivers can be. He highlights the size of the unit, all very tall, as well as Michael Pittman Jr. who’s coming off a breakout year, and rookie Alec Pierce, who Rank believes can be an immediate contributor.

Although not a receiver, Rank also names Jelani Woods as a player that could make a difference in the receiving game this upcoming season.

Rank has the optimistic view that Frank Reich and Chris Ballard have for this unit of receivers. While they haven’t proven themselves, the team is comfortable betting on their potential. However, it’s a risky bet because the group could make or break what is an otherwise talented team.

If the receivers come through for the Colts, this could be a championship team, but if they don’t take that next step of development, Indianapolis could be missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.

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We all know whats up by now with this receiver room. We are going to roll into camp and see how it goes. If we feel we are set, we'll hold pat and go with what we got.

If we feel like it is a bit lacking amd we need a vet in there, we'll probably sign one of TY, OBJ or Julio Jones. 

I personally believe in the potential of the room and am hoping beyond all hope that Campbell can just stay healthy. I really want to see what he can do when given a good run and allowed time to play himself in. And Matt Ryan is only going to help elevate them and put them in good positions. 

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1 hour ago, Chucklez said:

We all know whats up by now with this receiver room. We are going to roll into camp and see how it goes. If we feel we are set, we'll hold pat and go with what we got.

If we feel like it is a bit lacking amd we need a vet in there, we'll probably sign one of TY, OBJ or Julio Jones. 

I personally believe in the potential of the room and am hoping beyond all hope that Campbell can just stay healthy. I really want to see what he can do when given a good run and allowed time to play himself in. And Matt Ryan is only going to help elevate them and put them in good positions. 

 

Agree.  And I think that decision will be made in the preseason.  I have my doubts about OBJ since he may not be ready.  And personally, I'd take TY over Julio.  We already have our share of trees, we need a waterbug.

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24 minutes ago, Smonroe said:

 

Agree.  And I think that decision will be made in the preseason.  I have my doubts about OBJ since he may not be ready.  And personally, I'd take TY over Julio.  We already have our share of trees, we need a waterbug.


OBJ is not supposed to be ready until November at the earliest.     

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4 minutes ago, NewColtsFan said:


OBJ is not supposed to be ready until November at the earliest.     

I wouldn't even consider him to be honest.  He is a person who could make a potentially good season go south fast.  

 

30 minutes ago, Smonroe said:

 

Agree.  And I think that decision will be made in the preseason.  I have my doubts about OBJ since he may not be ready.  And personally, I'd take TY over Julio.  We already have our share of trees, we need a waterbug.

I think I would take Julio because of the chemistry with Ryan already being there. 

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I’d be lying if I said I knew exactly what to expect from our WR corps.  However, the upside risk is just as notable as the downside as we head into TC.  I mean, people may be discarding Campbell, Dulin, and Pierce, and basically saying MPJ is the only good WR.  I think we could end up looking back on the season in Feb. and thinking that’s one of the league’s best foursomes.  I think Dulin has a real chance at breaking out - I thought he was our 2nd most effective WR last year.  And Pierce could be exciting…

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