This offseason, the Colts used their two second round picks to bring in Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor in order to ignite the Colts offense. Individually though, what can we expect from Pittman and Taylor in 2020?
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Starting with Michael Pittman Jr., the former USC standout wide receiver went 34th overall in this year’s draft. Coming off of a 1200 yard and 11 touchdown season at USC, expect for Pittman to be just as dominant at the next level.
Not only is Pittman a great jump ball wide receiver, but his 6 foot 4 inch, 223 lb frame makes him a big target that will help Philip Rivers in the end zone. Built like a skinny tight end, Pittman will be paired across from TY Hilton giving the Colts aerial attack a strong one two punch.
Pittman reminds me a little bit of Mike Williams, a teammate of Rivers in Los Angeles, who excelled as a red zone target in the Chargers offense. Williams had over 1,000 receiving yards last season, and it wouldn’t be shocking if Pittman had a similar if not better season that Williams had in 2019.
The Colts used their second second round pick to grab Wisconsin running back,
Jonathan Taylor. Taylor is a terrific runner who rushed for over 6,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his three seasons at Wisconsin. Although he struggled with fumbles in college, his explosive and dynamic running style will be a great addition to a Colts offense that prides itself on running the football.
Yet, with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines in Indianapolis’ backfield, what can we expect from Taylor? At first, Taylor will sit behind Mack, but don’t expect him to play second fiddle for the entire season. At some point, Taylor will be thrust into the starting role, either due to Mack being injured or due to the fact that the coaching staff may want to change some things up. Either way, Taylor will explode onto the scene in Indianapolis behind a talented offensive line fortified by guys like Anthony Castonzo, Quenton Nelson, and Braden Smith.
Although rushing for 2,000 yards a season is unlikely, Taylor has a much higher ceiling than Mack. Plus, with the Colts being one of the NFL’s most run heavy offenses, expect for Taylor to get the opportunity to establish himself as the Colts lead back. Don’t worry about Hines cutting into Taylor’s workload though. In Indianapolis, Hines is used primarily as a pass catching back. Hines shies away from being a traditional running back, and is much more comfortable as a pass catcher.
With Pittman Jr. and Taylor in Indianapolis, expect for Philip Rivers to have plenty of talent around him in order to take the Colts offense to the next level. With the offense locked and loaded, the Colts defense is also new and improved with Pro Bowl defensive lineman Deforest Buckner. With all that talent in Indianapolis, don’t be surprised if the Colts end up not only making the playoffs but winning the AFC South.