With the signing of former New York Giant Hakeem Nicks, the Indianapolis Colts have the potential to have the deepest receiving core in the NFL. This all hinging on the health of Reggie Wayne, and Nicks returning to his 2011 form, not 2013.
Nicks was a dominate force in 2011, when he posted career highs in games played (15) and receiving yards (1,192). Since Nicks signed a one year contract, he will have a lot to prove to earn the long- term deal he believes he deserves.
With T.Y. Hilton entering his third year in the league, the receivers will have a reliable safety valve to fall back on. Even if Wayne and Nicks are not at full strength week one, Hilton will roam the slot as one of the most lethal slot receivers in the league.
The good news is that every one of them have the potential to have a Pro Bowl caliber year, and this will cause a headache for opposing secondaries. Even when Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison were two of the top receivers in the league they never had a player like Hilton in the slot.
Wayne is set to resume full workouts later this week, and Nicks is drooling at the chance to work with Andrew Luck, If the offensive line issues are handled, Pep Hamilton will have Luck throwing all over the field next season. Hopefully to a healthy receiving core, that has the potential to be the best in the NFL.
Projections for next year for the three should be around 2,700 yards receiving and give or take 24 touchdowns. I limit the touchdowns here because of the threat that Dwayne Allen and Colby Fleener possess in the redzone. So stay tuned Colts fans, this may be one of the most potent offenses the Colts have ever had in Indianapolis, scary thought from the dominant years with Manning under center.