Last year, the Colts spent their first round pick on wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, and he was just starting to become integrated into the offense when he fractured his fibula. That cost him several weeks right in the middle of the season, but now he's healthy and looking to be the team's number three wideout in 2016.
At the time of his injury, Dorsett was becoming a bigger part of the offense in four wide receiver sets, but he also was starting to play some running back - something he noted the day after he was injured. That was with Pep Hamilton still as the offensive coordinator and so a lot of change has happened since, but it's possible that we will still see Dorsett used in a number of ways this year.
I bring that up because the Colts began OTAs on Monday, and the team posted a photo album to their website giving fans a look at what went on during the practice. Mostly, it was just a chance to see some lineup stuff and the Colts back in action, but there was one very interesting photo: Andrew Luck handing off to Phillip Dorsett.
Since it's just a picture, it's unclear whether Dorsett was lined up in the backfield as a running back or whether he was taking the handoff on an end-around, but when seeing the picture in light of what Dorsett had said last year (he rushed three times for 17 yards last year, gaining two first downs), it's especially interesting.
The Colts won't move Dorsett to another position, as they absolutely need him at wide receiver, but what this does tell us is that the speedy playmaker could become the versatile weapon in the Colts offense capable of making plays both in the passing game and in the rushing game. With T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief as the top two receivers on the depth chart, that could allow the Colts to be very creative on ways to get Dorsett the ball. He'll see plenty of time regardless in three-wide sets, but he could see even more playing time depending on how the Colts choose to use him. Either way, their use of Dorsett's versatility could be something to watch as the season approaches.