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Rob Chudzinski on Phillip Dorsett: “It is time he needs to step up”

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Since being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Phillip Dorsett has been a bust.

That’s not to say he can’t turn things around, as he’s still only in his second year, but he hasn’t been good so far. In his rookie season he played in eleven games and caught 18 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. He’s been better this year, but still not great, catching 27 passes for 414 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. Last week was as rough of a game as he’s had, as he had a couple of drops and hurt the team more than when he’s been invisible. The one thing he’s seemed to do consistently well is draw pass interference penalties, but besides that he hasn’t done a ton.

The Colts - and Colts fans - realize that it’s time for Dorsett to finally step up.

“I think obviously Phillip, he was disappointed,” offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said yesterday regarding Dorsett’s game last week. “We talked the other day and he was disappointed in how he played. He is committed to being great and being a better player. He has worked and is continuing to work at it. We need him, it is time, it is time he needs to step up and he understands that and realizes that and we have talked a lot about that. I fully expect him to do that and step up and be his time. I think he has improved his overall understanding of the game, his route running, the details of playing the receiver position and he continues to grow in all areas when opportunities come, make the plays.”

Dorsett will have a great chance to step up this Sunday as Donte Moncrief will miss the game against the Vikings, leaving Dorsett as the number two wideout, starting alongside T.Y. Hilton. He had the same chance earlier this year as Moncrief missed four games, but Dorsett combined to catch just 15 passes for 129 yards and a touchdowns in those four games as the number two wideout. The Colts need him to step up this week, however, to take some of the pressure off of T.Y. Hilton, and while fans are hopeful he’ll do just that, based on what we’ve seen so far it’s hard to expect it to happen. The Colts still seem to have confidence in him, but it’s clear even to them that it’s time for Dorsett to step up.