Indianapolis Colts 2013 Positional Breakdown: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

By Eric Smith


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The wide receiver unit until this week was really the one spot that the Indianapolis Colts needed to address this offseason. They had five guys on the roster until the Darius Heyward-Bey signing on Monday. He will now likely start opposite of Reggie Wayne.

Wayne is the no-brainer No. 1 receiver. The Colts return T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill for their second seasons, but neither are viable No. 2 options. Hilton, is a pure slot receiver which lacks size to line-up to the outside and Brazill isn’t ready yet.

That’s why bringing in Heyward-Bey could make this team even more of a Super Bowl contender.

The Colts also have Jeremy Kerley and Griff Whalen on the roster, but neither are starters.

Factor in the success the tight end unit had last year and Andrew Luck will have many weapons in 2013. Both Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener seemed to get better by the week and could give the Colts the best tight end unit in all of the NFL.

I’d expect both to put up huge numbers this season. They also brought back Dominique Jones and Wesley Saunders to back those two up. They should be solid contributors once again in reserve roles. Jones will be getting some looks in the backfield as a lead blocker as well.

Look for the Colts to release one of the receivers when they bring another viable option in and keep the tight ends intact again. Both of these groups could help Luck put up some of the best quarterback numbers in the NFL next season.

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