If there is one position on the Indianapolis Colts roster that needs an instant big-play option, it’s the receiver corps. There are a few, but with T.Y. Hilton being the only receiver with any extended NFL experience the team badly needs a breakout pass-catcher within this receiver group in addition to Hilton.
The team has a total of 68 receptions from the 2017 season (Rogers: 23, Grant: 45) from their current receiving unit to complement Hilton, and a couple of rookies looking to make a name for themselves. Deon Cain is one of them.
You can make the argument that Eric Ebron and maybe a piece like Nyheim Hines — who can, both, move around within packages — will help the receivers. But that can’t be relied upon without some capable receivers to force teams to gameplan for them, or at the very least to draw continual coverage.
It certainly looks as though Deon Cain is using that ‘big ole’ chip on his shoulder to make some great decisions in his time away for the summer. Via his Instagram account, Cain had a week of workouts with Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss. That’s a pretty good start.
I don’t need to tell you about what Moss has accomplished, but for Cain, this could not be more valuable for him as an incoming rookie. Cain has already flashed in OTAs and minicamp practices, catching onlooker’s eyes with his route running and big catches.
The 6-foot-2 pass catcher felt disrespected being selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and may be that guy to come in hot as training camp kicks off in less than two weeks. Cain showed how explosive he can be in his first two seasons at Clemson with 17.1 and 19.1 per catch averages respectively, and racked up 20 touchdowns in just three years.
The key for Cain’s game, and how impactful he can be, will be determined by Frank Reich figuring out how he was used most successfully in college. The addition of Ryan Grant, and an entire healthy season from Chester Rogers would make this receiving group quite underrated with an explosive Deon Cain on a mission as a rookie.
Colts’ rookies report to camp July 22nd, with the rest of the roster arriving on the 25th.