3 Pass-Catching Running Backs the Colts Can Target to Pair With Philip Rivers
The Indianapolis Colts' offense is likely to look a lot different with Philip Rivers at the helm in 2020. He's less mobile than Jacoby Brissett, or even Andrew Luck, but he's a high-accuracy passer who likes working underneath.
One trademark for Rivers over the year has been throwing to running backs, be it Darren Sproles, Danny Woodhead, Melvin Gordon or Austin Ekeler.
Nyheim Hines isn't the most exciting option, and Marlon Mack has never managed to branch out to be a receiving threat like he is on the ground. So with that in mind, here are three receiving backs that the Colts should target in free agency.
1. Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson has long shown himself to be a bigger threat as a receiver than a rusher. He has 250 career rush attempts to go with 284 targets in the passing game. He's caught at least 35 passes in each of the last five years with the Washington Redskins. Injuries have limited him to just 31 games over the last three, but he's still turned in an average of 37.3 receiving yards per game in that sample. He's the most accomplished receiving back still on the market.
2. Theo Riddick
Theo Riddick missed the entire 2091 season with a fractured shoulder, but he has some Thompson-esque numbers over his career. He also has more targets (369) than rushes (288) over his career, and he caught at least 53 balls in each of his last four years with the Detroit Lions, averaging 6.1 yards per target and 33.9 yards per game in that stretch.
3. Bilal Powell
The 31-year-old Bilal Powell hit free agency to little fanfare. Once a contender for the New York Jets' lead back role, his workload has fallen off significantly in recent years. He caught 105 passes between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, though, and then had 942 yards from scrimmage in 2017. He's likely going to be available at a low cost, and it could be worth seeing if he's still got anything left in the tank in 2020.
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