3 Slot Receivers the Colts Can Target to Pair With Philip Rivers

By michael obermuller
Philip Rivers is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts, and he could use some more weapons.
Philip Rivers is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts, and he could use some more weapons. / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
facebooktwitterreddit

The Indianapolis Colts made it known they are competing for a Super Bowl in 2020 when they went out and signed veteran Philip Rivers to a one-year contract with Jacoby Brissett still on the roster.

The Los Angeles Chargers' former gunslinger is no longer in his prime, however, and he'll need help if he's going to accomplish that goal. With T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle as his main passing options on the roster, the Colts could use an upgrade at slot receiver. Rivers has always utilized the short yardage passing game throughout his career, with possession wideouts and receiver running backs.

Chester Rogers and Marcus Johnson are still unsigned for Indy, here are three slot options that could upgrade the position for Rivers.

3. Sign Jarius Wright

Jarius Wright on a catch-and-run pass from Kyle Allen last season.
Jarius Wright on a catch-and-run pass from Kyle Allen last season. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

One of the few true veteran slots left available in free agency, Jarius Wright will get scooped up by someone sooner or later, and it is unlikely to be the Carolina Panthers (his most recent team) due to all the turnover. Wright had 71 receptions for 743 yards last year as one of the Panthers' primary slot options. This would not be a slam-dunk move by the Colts, but it would help give Rivers another reliable option to work with.

2. Sign Taylor Gabriel

Taylor Gabriel after his second touchdown against the Washington Redskins in week three.
Taylor Gabriel after his second touchdown against the Washington Redskins in week three. / Will Newton/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears cut Taylor Gabriel in March, to free up some cap space. Although it was a really down season for the veteran who can alternate from the slot to the outside, he did have one explosion in Week 3, where he put up six catches for 75 yards and three touchdowns. There was another seven-catch game Week 11, but not much else. The Bears offense was a disaster last year, and Gabriel is hardly to blame for the Mitch Trubisky-Matt Nagy led passing attack being so pitiful. The experienced receiver is just shy of 30, and still has a useful combination of speed and hands.

1. Draft Jalen Reagor

Jalen Reagor may be the top true slot receiver available in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jalen Reagor may be the top true slot receiver available in the 2020 NFL Draft. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Indy should definitely be looking to draft a wide receiver with one of their two second-round picks (they traded their first rounder), and they are expected to do just that. Jalen Reagor out of TCU would make the most sense for the slot, though. He has been compared to Curtis Samuel, and his electric speed and shifty agility could transform him into an immediate NFL slot threat. Why sign a 30-year-old name when you can draft the younger version? Reagor had a 1,000-plus yard season in 2018, his sophomore year, but didn't replicate those numbers his Junior campaign (some blame TCU quarterback play for that). Whether the Colts would rather draft a true slot, or select an outside talent instead and switch a player like Hilton inside full-time is their call, but expect at least one new receiver in Indy by the end of April.


Get $20 FREE when you sign up for FanDuel Racing, plus we’ll match your first deposit in site credit up to $50!


Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

facebooktwitterreddit