Wide Receiver/Tight End Burning Questions Heading Into 2016 Training Camp

Intro: We are less than two weeks away from the Colts heading to Anderson for the start of Training Camp. What are the “Burning Questions” at the wide receiver and tight end positions this season?


INDIANAPOLIS –Quick and young.

Put it simply, that's what the top of the Colts' wide receiver group looks like in 2016.

After years of having a veteran presence in the receiver group, T.Y. Hilton is going into his fifth NFL season is now the elder statesman of the group.

Over the next week and a half, Colts.com will take a look at the "Burning Questions" surrounding all position groups entering 2016.

Here's a look at the wide receiver and tight end burning questions heading into Training Camp:

  • Will the Colts have two 1,000-yard wide receivers in 2016?

Even in a year that saw T.Y. Hilton catch balls from quarterbacks who literally came off their couches to throw passes, The Ghost still eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau.

Hilton had 1,124 receiving yards last season, playing without Andrew Luck for the first time in the NFL.

The numbers and contract signed last Training Camp both indicate that Hilton is a No. 1 wide receiver in this league. He's proven that.

Donte Moncrief is looking to join the 1,000-yard club.

Going into his third NFL season, Moncrief is on the brink of a breakout season.

A healthy Luck allows for the Colts to have a realistic shot at a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts.

Moncrief continued to show his budding potential last year and now he assumes a full-time No. 2 receiver role.

They might not be the first young pass catching duo to think of around the NFL, but Hilton and Moncrief bring dynamic traits that rival just about any pair of pass catching teammates in the league.

STAT TO NOTE: In six combined NFL seasons, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief have combined to miss just two total games (Hilton: 62-of-64 and Moncrief: 32-of-32).**


  • How will the Colts incorporate Phillip Dorsett in his second NFL season?

When Phillip Dorsett was drafted, Jim Irsay was a big believer in how a third wide receiver can truly impact big games.

A true game-breaker in the No. 3 slot can really impact things in one-on-one matchups.

Dorsett is that guy for the Colts in 2016.

The Colts want to move Dorsett around and get him the ball all over the field.

With a trio of Hilton, Moncrief, Dorsett, that should strike some fear into opposing defensive coordinators.

Hilton and Moncrief have established themselves in the NFL.

If they draw that attention, Dorsett is going to be smiling nice and wide this season.

STAT TO NOTE: Phillip Dorsett had three carries last season in 11 games, the most attempts per game for a Colts' wide receiver since 2012.

  • Will Dwayne Allen be a major factor in the passing game?

Attention Fantasy Football Owners: Dwayne Allen is now back as a reliable option.

In 2014, Allen caught eight touchdowns.

In 2015, Allen caught 16 total passes.

With Coby Fleener gone, the Colts know that Allen is going to play a much bigger factor in the team's passing game.

Yes, Pep Hamilton is gone. But Rob Chudzinski, a former tight end, still likes the usage of that position.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen caught 114 balls in two seasons with Chud.

That doesn't even compare to the 2007 season Kellen Winslow Jr. had with Chud as his offensive coordinator. In 2007, with Chud as the OC, the Cleveland Browns offense skyrocketed to a top-10 unit with Winslow snagging 82 passes for 1,106 yards.

At the receiver position, the Colts have guys that can truly stretch the field. That should open things up underneath for Allen and the tight ends.

STAT TO NOTE: Backup tight end Jack Doyle has not missed a game due to injury in his three seasons with the Colts.

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