The top of the wide receiver depth chart looks pretty solid for the Indianapolis Colts, but with no one stepping up to play in a backup role for those players, the team looks at other sources to potentially add to it.
Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, and Darrius Heyward-Bey look to be Andrew Luck’s best wide receiver targets heading into the season. Unfortunately, Mike Wells of ESPN reports it looks like that’s the only group that looks competent to play in the NFL.
The fourth receiver – LaVon Brazill – is suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
[Griff] Whalen had an impressive first two weeks of training camp, but a groin injury has sidelined him for more than a week now.
Whalen, [Jeremy] Kelly, [Nathan] Palmer, [Jabin] Sambrano and [Lanear] Sampson have combined for eight catches in the first two preseason games.
With plenty of issues at depth, the Colts decided on bring in a young receiver that’s proved himself with the Arena Football League.
Maurice Williams made his debut in the Ultimate Indoor Football League with the Canton Cougars. He then played in the AFL for two seasons, cut between the Cleveland Gladiators and Orlando Predators.
He made an immediate impact with the Predators, getting a 56-yard kick return and a 41-yard catch in his first two receptions with the team. Remember, the football field in the AFL is only 50 yards, not counting the endzones.
The Colts would like to see Williams become a dependable backup in case one of their main three go down.