The Colts’ receiving corps is undergoing some major turnover, and it may be the most interesting position group to watch when training camp opens in a couple of weeks.
The wide receiver room in Indianapolis will contain a mix of veterans looking for breakout years and young players trying to make a name for themselves in the NFL. With a hopefully healthy Andrew Luck, there is the potential for one or two of them to have career years in 2018.
In my opinion, the most intriguing player in this receiving corps is Deon Cain.
Cain had the talent to be taken as high as the late first round in this year’s draft, but a combination of issues caused him to drop to the Colts in the sixth round.
Cain had some character issues coming into the draft after getting suspended at Clemson for a failed drug test right before the College Football Playoff. The Tigers were also limited at the quarterback position in the passing game last season, which caused Cain’s numbers to look unspectacular.
Cain’s stats were much more impressive with Deshaun Watson under center in 2016 as they connected for 724 yards receiving at 19.1 yards per reception with 9 touchdowns.
If Cain can become that same type of deep threat in the NFL, the Colts’ deep passing game could be nearly unstoppable with him and T.Y. Hilton running past safeties.
I think Cain is the second-most talented receiver on this roster, and he could become one of Andrew Luck’s top weapons by the end of the year.
However, I would not spend a pick on him in your upcoming fantasy draft. Instead, I would keep a close eye on Cain during the first couple of regular season games to see what his role is in Frank Reich’s offense.
If Cain shows his talent early on, I would be picking him up on the waiver wire right away.