The Colts came into the offseason with a major void at the wide receiver position, and that became even more pronounced after Donte Moncrief left in free agency.
General manager Chris Ballard signed free agent Ryan Grant and selected two wide receivers in the later rounds of the draft to help address that need. The Colts also brought in Eric Ebron, who is more of a wideout than a true tight end.
While I like some of those additions, Indianapolis still doesn’t have a ton of weapons in the passing game outside of T.Y. Hilton.
There are a few established receivers available in free agency that could upgrade the Colts’ receiving corps, and one of them is Jeremy Maclin.
Maclin is not the same receiver he was in 2014 when he hauled in over 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns for the Eagles.
Maclin has had trouble staying healthy, which has slowed his production over the past couple of years.
He’s played 24 games combined over the past two seasons, and he’s gained 976 receiving yards with 5 touchdowns since the beginning of 2016. However, those are only 9 less yards and one less touchdown than Ryan Grant has amassed in his four year career, and Grant has a good chance at becoming the new number two receiver in Indianapolis.
Maclin’s poor production in 2017 could also be attributed to playing with Joe Flacco, who was one of the league’s worst quarterbacks last season. His numbers would likely improve with a quarterback upgrade from Flacco to Andrew Luck.
Maclin could probably come pretty cheap, he’s not ancient at 30 years old, and he would be the second-most established receiver on the Colts’ roster.
If Indianapolis is looking to contend for the playoffs this season, I’d bring Maclin in to training camp and see if he has anything left in the tank. But if Chris Ballard is more focused on the future, which it sounds like he is, I’d rather give those reps to the Colts’ younger receivers.