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Indianapolis Colts Michael Pittman Jr. a top ‘triple threat’ in the NFL

The Indianapolis Colts have one of the most consistent players at wide receiver in the NFL in Michael Pittman Jr. on the selection. Seemingly, Pittman has improved year over year as a pass catcher, while seeing consistent rotations at the most important position in the league, quarterback.

Since his rookie year in 2020, Pittman has been targeted by Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger, Anthony Richardson and Gardner Minshew. However, despite a gallery of field generals, he has racked up an impressive 336 catches for 3,662 yards and 15 scores. Last season, Pittman had his first career year with more than 100 catches (109) and set career highs in targets (156) and receiving yards (1,152).

Pro football focus recently featured a piece from Mason Cameron detailing the top triple threats at receiver in today’s league. Here’s what Cameron had to say about the Indianapolis franchise star.

Pittman continues to surpass his reputation as an underrated receiver with stellar numbers like these. Don’t sleep on someone who can win in many ways at his size.

The standout Colts receiver clocked above the 65th percentile both after the catch and when gaining open separation, respectable size at 6-foot-1. But where Pittman really shines is the speed with which he beats tight coverage. Pittman’s playing power and influence ranks above the 82nd percentile in contested catch percentage. His 53.6% contested catch rate ranked sixth among receivers with at least 20 contested targets in 2023.

Sam Monson | Pro football focus

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Pittman has been buried in league-wide recognition for the mediocre rosters he has been a part of and the lack of consistency from the quarterback position during his short four years in the NFL. Now, with an offensive mind like Shane Steichen at the helm and a receivers coach like Colts legend Reggie Wayne, Pittman has a chance to reach elite levels of production and possibly a Pro Bowl nomination.

Additionally, Pittman hasn’t had a supporting cast of offensive weapons around him like he will have in 2024. Fellow receivers Alec Pierce, Josh Downs and Adonai Mitchell will be solid options around Pittman for Richardson to get the ball to, while Jonathan Taylor will command the backfield and provide serious firepower. Finally, Indianapolis has an intriguing tight end group with notables like Jelani Woods, Kylen Granson, Mo Alie-Cox and Will Mallory, who could provide good options for the mid- and short-range passing attack.

All of these options will give Pittman more opportunities than he has had in his career to make impactful plays. While Pittman hasn’t been a huge touchdown machine, he has been the model of consistency for Indy’s passing attack and will remain the go-to option for any passer who wears a Colts uniform. The hope is that Pittman gets a strong and healthy Richardson to continue with the rest of the Indy roster as a promising 2024 season is just on the horizon in the Circle City.

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