Pittman Jr., who finished with 88 receptions for 1,082 yards and six touchdowns, was named the Colts’ most improved player Feb. 17 by Pro Football Focus, edging out Taylor and the likes of linebacker Bobby Okereke and cornerback Isaiah Rodgers for the distinction. A second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Southern California, Pittman Jr. emerged as a true No. 1 receiver under head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Marcus Brady in his second year in the NFL.Josh Carney, si.com
I gotta say, not the obvious choice. But I’d say probably the best choice. I mean don’t get me wrong Jonathon Taylor had one of the greatest seasons of all time *Kanye voice*, but we all new last year JT23 was a stud. So I like them not choosing him outright. And, while really observing the Indianapolis Colts you can see why Pittman got the nod.
Pittman definitely took a leap forward in his game from last year. A 1,000 yard season is nothing to scoff at. I mean, we all knew he had special talent last year, as we all saw small glimpses of it from time to time. These glimpses have been snowballing in order to present themselves more and more each and every Sunday. While his stats improved significantly, it’s his impact on the other aspects of the game that have also begun to really shine. His growth has demanded more attention from opposing secondaries. When more and more attention is spent on 1 receiver, the rest of that receiving corp gets less and less defensive attention. Now its just a matter of getting someone to aid Michael Pittman some help in the form of a receiver who can truly capitalize on this lessening attention.
This continuing development of Michael Pittman’s game is essential to the success of the Colts’ offense this coming season. In Pittman, I believe we’ve found our 3rd down receiver. He will need to become a certified target man that demands double team attention if we want to have the rest of the field open. Like opening the deep ball if the Colts’ are able to go get the deep threat they so desperately need. His continuing development won’t only make his game better, but the game of everyone else around him better as well. While Wide Receiver remains a top priority for Chris Ballard and the Colts’ front office, we can see that we’ve got half of that position figured out when we drafted Pittman. Now its just a matter of getting the deep threat and support guys that we want.
You’ve got to love Michael Pittman Jr. getting his shine. His work over the last two years has really paid off and his game is improving each and every day it seems. Only problem is now with Carson Wentz all but out the door, the Indianapolis Colts don’t know who is our deep threat to capitalize on Michael Pittman’s attention grabbing game, we also don’t know who will be trying to throw those deep threats and 10 yard targets to Michael Pittman Jr. Time to get this figured out and really show out next season. Ballard’s job may depend on it.