Phillip Dorsett Re-Tooling Body In Critical Year Three

Intro: What is the future for Phillip Dorsett with the Colts? That is a question that could receive some answers in 2017, the third season for the former first-round pick.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The allure of southern Florida during the winter months is appealing for all kinds of people.

When those people reside in the Midwest for a majority of the year, a magnetic force is practically pulling them to the Sunshine State.

For Jacoby Brissett, he chose to bypass the sun he is accustomed to during January and February.

Instead, Indianapolis remained the home for Dorsett as he tries to reach the expectations that come with a first-round pick.

Dorsett is bound for his third season in the NFL, a vital time for any player wanting to secure a second contract and a more permanent NFL home.

That's why Dorsett chose not to travel back home this offseason.

"I stayed up here most of the time just basically trying to get my body right," Dorsett said last week.

"I know our strength coach (Darren Krein) is one of the best. He's been able to help me take my body to another level and that's something I wanted to do this year."

At 5-10 and 185 pounds, Dorsett's size is not typical for a receiver in the NFL.

The rare traits for Dorsett belong in his legs, with 4.2 40-yard dash speed.

It's the re-shaping of his body that has had Dorsett's attention going into his third NFL season.

"I've always been a runner," Dorsett says. "Last season I focused more on my power and my speed, just trying to get my speed back from my (2015) ankle surgery. I kind of lacked the conditioning part. I gained a lot of weight. I was trying to get stronger, get my body back.

"This year I actually had a chance to get back to my conditioning standpoint and still keeping the speed and power behind it."

The uncertainty of Dorsett's future with the Colts comes after a 33-catch season last year (Dorsett had 18 receptions as a rookie).

One of the most surprising aspects of Dorsett's 2016 season came when Donte Moncrief missed time last year. In the seven games Moncrief missed last season, which thrusted Dorsett into the No. 2 wide receiver role, Dorsett had just 13 catches.

"We know how fast Phil is," Chuck Pagano said at the League Meetings. "It's got to translate to the field now. From a football standpoint, football IQ and being able to learn the game, go play fast, go make plays, (2017 is) going to be huge."

After this season, the Colts will have a decision to make on Dorsett.

He's under contract through 2018. The Colts must decide next spring though whether or not to exercise the fifth-year team option on Dorsett (which would keep Dorsett under contract through 2019).

How many targets Dorsett will receive this year is a question.

Chris Ballard sees Dorsett's potential, but the new GM also went out and added veteran Kamar Aiken to an already crowded receiver room.

Will the third year be the charm for Dorsett?

"Expect a new and improved guy," Dorsett says of his own 2017 season. "I took my body to another level this offseason.

"I'm just going out there to being a better player, trying to go out there every day and figure out anyway I can get better in all aspects of the game."

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