Fountain was waived as part of the team’s final 53-man roster cuts before being immediately re-signed to the Colts practice squad. He spent the majority of his debut season on Indy’s taxi squad before being promoted to their active roster in early December.
Fountain finished his forgettable rookie season with 0 receptions—-and a critical drop in their playoff loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.
That being said, his natural talent and physical measurables remain undeniable:
Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain (@Reece_JMM) recorded a 42.5” vertical, 11’2” broad jump & 4.46 40 at his pro day. Would’ve beat out every WR at the combine in the vertical and broad, and finished 10th in the 40. Damn. He’s been training at Landow’s too. https://t.co/BejEsr0Rry— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 25, 2018
However, as history has taught us, it generally takes more than being an athlete at the NFL level to successfully play wide receiver—although it certainly helps.
So far, in Colts training camp, Fountain’s talent—with the help of a lot of his own hard work—has started to consistently translate to the football field:
Reece Fountain continues to bring it every day in Colts camp. It hasn’t just been one good practice, or two, or three. Over a week of consistent production.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 11, 2019
Reece Fountain, again. Having a day, making his case. #ColtsCamp— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 11, 2019
Reece Fountain caught six passes in 11-on-11 today, by my count. That’s a crazy high number— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) August 11, 2019
It hasn’t just been on the Colts practice field either.
As a result of his exceptional play, Pro Football Focus rated him as the Colts top preseason performer last week.
Still, making the Colts final 53-man roster won’t be easy for Fountain.
The Colts top four is already seemingly set with T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess, Parris Campbell, and Deon Cain firmly entrenched.
The front office and coaching staff also remain high on Chester Rogers—which is then 5 wide receivers already.
If the Colts keep 6 wide receivers, that leaves one spot open between Fountain, Zach Pascal, and Marcus Johnson among legitimate contenders.
Working against Fountain though is that someone like Pascal, as the 6th wide receiver, can actually return kickoffs—which demonstrates his special teams versatility and is an added bonus for any player lower on their positional pecking order.
The Colts could test their luck and release Fountain, hoping that he’d clear waivers and they could keep him within their organization by re-signing him to their practice squad yet again.
However, it seems highly suspect that they’d be so fortunate with Fountain again—especially after a strong off-season showing.
Still, Fountain is clearly forcing his hand with the Colts—and it’s a good problem to have, even if general manager Chris Ballard will soon be faced with a tough positional decision to make.