Dan Orlovsky Puts Indianapolis Colts on Notice, Points out Glaring Weakness

First, they got rid of a liability in Carson Wentz. They have since traded for a Pro Bowl pass rusher in Yannick Ngakoue and a former NFL MVP in quarterback Matt Ryan. And just last week, 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joined the squad.

The Indianapolis Colts have had a busy offseason.

However, Indy still has a major weaknesses it needs to address, and one of its former quarterbacks recently took the time to point it out.

The Colts need a wide receiver, and Dan Orlovsky is making sure they know it.

Dan Orlovsky put the Colts on notice

Indianapolis Colts wide receivers Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky.
Indianapolis Colts wide receivers Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell, and former Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky. | Mike Calendrillo/Sportscasting

The Colts were initially having a slow offseason. I’ll admit I even wrongfully called out general manager Chris Ballard for not spending money.

However, the team has improved at the most important positions (quarterback and pass rusher), and it recently filled a hole it created in the trade for Yannick Ngakoue by signing Stephon Gilmore.

That doesn’t mean Indy is without its weaknesses. Michael Pittman Jr. had 1,082 receiving yards last year, but no one else had over 384. The team’s second-leading receiver in 2021, Zach Pascal, has also left for the Philadelphia Eagles, and T.Y. Hilton is still a free agent. That means the top players in receiving yards from last year’s team still on the roster are Pittman, running backs Jonathan Taylor (360 yards) and Nyheim Hines (310), and tight end Mo Alie-Cox (316). There isn’t a receiver other than Pittman who had over 175 yards in 2021.

So, Dan Orlovsky, who played in eight games for the Colts in 2011, made sure to call his former team out.

“The Colts top 2 WRs have 146 career catches,” he tweeted. “The least amount of any NFL starting duo. Cooper Kupp had 145 last season himself. Their No. 2 WR Dulin has 18 career catches. They need WR’s in the worst possible way and more than any team in [the NFL].”

Orlovsky went on to correct himself. The Eagles’ top two wide receivers have fewer combined catches, but his point was still clear: The Colts need weapons for new quarterback Matt Ryan.

The Colts need wide receivers

Orlovsky’s point didn’t come without its flaws. He said Ashton Dulin is the team’s second option, but that’s simply not true. Parris Campbell is WR2, and while he has had an injury-plagued career, he has shown glimpses of explosiveness.

Still, 34 career catches isn’t anything to write home about. The Colts need to find more pass catchers.

If they want to make a massive move, Indy could trade for an unhappy star like Deebo Samuel. However, there will be plenty of options in the draft if they don’t want to take that risk.

Indy doesn’t have a first-round pick, so several prospects will be off the board by the time they’re up at No. 42. But this receiver class is deep. George Pickens is someone who should be available in Round 2. Injuries shortened his 2021 season at Georgia, but he proved his potential in 2019 and 2020.

If the Colts want to wait until the third round, former Cincinnati receiver Alec Pierce should still be on the board. Pierce has a big body and is a freak athlete. He could be a steal in this year’s draft.

Do the Colts desperately need to find receivers for Matt Ryan? Absolutely. But there’s still plenty of time this offseason, and Chris Ballard clearly has a plan for his team.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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