Michael Pittman Jr. Is Aiming to Become A True No. 1 Receiver
Indianapolis Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is looking to take the next step in the 2022 NFL season. After making improvements in 2021, the next step for Pittman will be becoming a true number one receiver.
“I’m just trying to take the next step,” Pittman said, per the Indy Star. “Last year, I said that I was going to double every single category, and I did that. This year, I’m trying to build on that and become that definite receiver No. 1 that everybody talks about.”Full quote via NFL.com
Pittman was not exaggerating when he said he doubled his stats in every statistical category. In 2020, Pittman recorded 40 receptions for 503 yards and one touchdown. In 2021, he had 88 catches for 1082 yards and six touchdowns. On top of these statistical improvements, he also was able to stay healthy. In his rookie campaign, he was only able to play 13 games but he played all 17 in 2021.
“Everybody has their own definition,” Pittman said. “I think I am that (No. 1 receiver). I’ve just got to go ahead and prove that to other people, with whatever they think it is, whether it’s yards, touchdowns, whatever. I’m just trying to make that next jump.”Full quote via NFL.com
Pittman has certainly shown a lot of potential during his two seasons in the NFL. At 24-years-old he has yet to reach his ceiling. Thus far Pittman has displayed great route running and hands. Pairing those traits with his great playmaking skills may lead to Pittman becoming an elite No. 1 receiver.
If Pittman can make the strides that he is hoping for heading into year three, the Colts will be in a much better position for playoff success. The receiver position was one of the Colts biggest holes heading into this offseason. To address this need the Colts drafted Alec Pierce in the second round. That does not exactly push the needle. However, Pittman becoming a No. 1 receiver would help the Colts improve their passing game.