While there are several starting positions on the Colts that are currently up for grabs, there are also plenty of key depth spots that are open as well. One such position is at wide receiver, where the number four and five spots are anybody's guess.
The top of the position is easy: T.Y. Hilton, the two-time Pro Bowler who received a five-year, $65 million extension last year, is the number one. Donte Moncrief, the 2014 third round pick who has shown promise, is the number two. And Phillip Dorsett, last year's first round pick, is the number three. Barring injury, that doesn't really seem up for debate either. But after that? The competition is ongoing.
The Colts signed five undrafted rookies at the position (Daniel Anthrop, Marcus Leak, MeKale McKay, Chester Rogers, and Tevaun Smith), signed three other free agents (Josh Boyce, Josh Stangby, and Brian Tyms), and have Quan Bray returning. So far, there hasn't really seemed to be anyone separating themselves from the rest of the pack, but there have been plenty of opportunities for the younger guys to get reps. Moncrief and Dorsett have both missed time in OTAs with injuries, leaving even more opportunities for others to step up.
While it's still too early to make any sort of definitive statements, it seems as if Brian Tyms has been seeing the first team reps in place of Moncrief. Here's what Colts.com's Kevin Bowen wrote on Tuesday:
On Tuesday, a new receiver emerged with the first-team offense. Veteran Brian Tyms had several catches with the first team. Tyms has been in the NFL since 2012. He has seven career catches. Tyms and Josh Boyce have been the most frequent names playing behind T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett this offseason. Donte Moncrief, of course, would be in the starting group, but he remains out. Moncrief is no longer wearing a boot on his left leg and has returned to running.
Bowen notes that it was Tyms receiving the first team reps on Thursday behind Hilton and Dorsett, and while an update on one simple practice wouldn't be anything special by itself, Bowen makes it seem as if Tyms and Josh Boyce are the first two up after Hilton, Moncrief, and Dorsett.
Chuck Pagano praised both of them earlier this offseason when he said that they have been doing a nice job and have had 100 percent attendance, and honestly it makes sense that they'd be the first two of the depth receivers so far since they have the most experience. Tyms has played in 18 career games (starting two) with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns and has caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown (averaging 13.4 yards per catch). Boyce has played in ten games (starting three) with the Patriots and has caught nine passes for 121 yards (averaging 13.4 yards per catch).
There are plenty of intriguing names among the undrafted receivers, while Quan Bray could gain an edge with his return ability. But so far, it seems as if Brian Tyms and Josh Boyce have received the most chances to win the number four and five receiver jobs. There's still a long, long way to go before anything is decided, however, and it's still way too early to tell for sure - but it's at least interesting to pay attention to what's happening in offseason workouts, OTAs, and mini-camp.