Michael Pittman Jr.

Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11
Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11
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Scores second TD of 2022

Pittman caught seven of 11 targets for 61 yards in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Pittman's 16 receiving yards in the first half were enough for the team lead, as Matt Ryan mustered just 36 passing yards en route to a 16-3 deficit. Ryan locked onto rookie tight end Jelani Woods (eight catches for 98 yards) for most of the second half but turned back to Pittman for the go-ahead six-yard touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter. It was Pittman's first touchdown since Week 1. After the Steelers went back up 24-17, Pittman jump-started the Colts' last gasp drive late in the fourth with a 28-yard catch, then picked up just enough to move the chains on 4th and three before the drive petered out on the next set of downs. He'll face Trevon Diggs and the Cowboys in Week 13.

Nov 28, 2022 8:52 PM EST


Strong showing in tough matchup

Pittman caught six passes for 75 yards on seven targets against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Analysis: Pittman did a good job in a tough matchup, providing almost automatic returns despite facing difficult coverage from Philadelphia's standout boundary corners. Pittman is almost always a central piece of the Indianapolis game plan, and the same should prove true against Pittsburgh in Week 12.

Nov 20, 2022 2:45 PM EST



Seven grabs in Week 10 win

Pittman caught seven of nine targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 25-20 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: With Matt Ryan back under center instead of Sam Ehlinger, the Colts' passing game showed a little more life and Pittman caught at least seven passes for the fifth time in nine games. The third-year wideout is on pace to reach 100 receptions for the first time as well as deliver his second straight 1,000-yard campaign, but he faces a tough test in Week 11 against the Eagles' star-studded secondary.

Nov 13, 2022 7:29 PM EST


Non-factor against New England

Pittman recorded three receptions on six targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 26-3 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Sam Ehlinger mustered only 103 passing yards in the loss, severely limiting all of his receivers. Pittman still led the team with six targets, though nearly all of them came in short areas of the field with his longest catch of the day going for just 10 yards. Pittman has only 10 receptions for 75 yards combined in two games since Ehlinger has taken over as the starting quarterback in Indianapolis.

Nov 6, 2022 4:27 PM EST


Earns nine targets

Pittman recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Commanders.

Analysis: Even with Sam Ehlinger under center, Pittman commanded nine targets with the next closest Colt seeing only five. However, he still lacked big-play ability, as his longest catch of the day went for 16 yards and only one of his six other receptions went for double-digit yards. Pittman should continue to see plenty of volume, but he now has fewer than 60 yards in four of his last five games.

Oct 30, 2022 5:42 PM EST



Pedestrian performance in loss

Pittman recorded six receptions on nine targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Coming off of a 16-target performance, Pittman remained heavily involved in the Colts' offense but was outshined by Parris Campbell. He was also held under 60 yards for the third time in six games this season, as only two of his catches went for double-digit yards. Pittman has become very reliant on volume, as his two 100-yard games came on games when he had 13 and 16 targets, respectively. That may say more about the Colts' offense than Pittman, but it still isn't particularly positive for his outlook moving forward.

Oct 23, 2022 4:17 PM EST


Monster performance in win

Pittman brought in 13 of 16 targets for 134 yards in the Colts' 34-27 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Pittman paced the Colts in receptions, receiving yards and targets in a standout performance, one that saw him left out of Matt Ryan's three-touchdown barrage and just come up short of securing a two-point conversion grab, but that still led to season-best numbers across the board. Pittman now has a pair of 100-yard efforts on the campaign, and he'll look to make his first trip to the end zone since Week 1 in the Colts' AFC South road showdown versus the Titans in Week 7.

Oct 16, 2022 1:34 PM EST


Five receptions in Week 5 win

Pittman secured five of eight targets for 59 yards in the Colts' 12-9 overtime win over the Broncos on Thursday night.

Analysis: Pittman checked in second in receptions, receiving yards and targets to Alec Pierce in the low-scoring win. The standout third-year wideout's numbers represented somewhat of a resurgence after he'd generated a season-low 3-31 line in Week 4 against the Titans, but fantasy managers will be looking for more of a return to the 8.5 receptions and 96.5 yards Pittman averaged over the first two games when he next takes the field versus the Jaguars at home a week from Sunday.

Oct 6, 2022 9:24 PM EST


Quiet against Titans

Pittman recorded three receptions on six targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Pittman tied for the team lead with six targets, though that was down considerably from his marks of 13 and nine in his other two games this season. The Titans also kept Pittman limited to short areas of the field, as his longest reception went for only 14 yards. Until the Colts get the run game going or a supporting pass catcher emerges, opposing defenses may be to focus all of their attention on Pittman. He's still capable of providing big performances, but the state of the Colts' offense could lead to inconsistency in his results.

Oct 2, 2022 3:54 PM EST


Strong performance in return

Pittman (quadriceps) secured eight of nine targets for 72 yards in the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Pittman put together team-leading totals in receptions, receiving yards and targets in a successful return from a one-game absence. The second-year wideout has unsurprisingly been heavily involved in the two games he's played thus far, furnishing a 17-193-1 line on 22 targets in that sample. He'll project for another hefty workload when the Colts tangle with the Titans in a Week 4 home matchup against the division-rival Titans.

Sep 25, 2022 3:29 PM EST


Ready to return Sunday

Coach Frank Reich said Friday that Pittman (quadriceps) is "ready to go" ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Pittman was unable to play Week 2 due to a quadriceps injury, but after managing limited sessions both Wednesday and Thursday this week, he's been cleared to return to action. He'll thus serve as the Colts' top receiving option for quarterback Matt Ryan on Sunday, looking to build on a 9-121-1 line on 13 targets from the season opener.

Sep 23, 2022 11:20 AM EST


Still limited

Pittman (quadriceps) remained limited at practice Thursday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Both Pittman and Alec Pierce (concussion/full practice) missed this past Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Jaguars, but the duo could be available this weekend against the Chiefs. While Pittman declined to comment on his quad injury Thursday, back-to-back limited practice sessions on his part are encouraging. Friday's final injury report will reveal whether Indy's top wideout approaches Week 3 action with an injury designation or fully cleared to return to action.

Sep 22, 2022 1:06 PM EST


Returns to practice

Pittman (quadriceps) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant.

Analysis: The wideout reportedly looked good during the open portion of practice, with Zak Keefer of The Athletic noting that Pittman is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. The Colts played without both Pittman and Alec Pierce (concussion) in a 24-0 loss to the Jaguars in Week 2, but QB Matt Ryan could have his full complement of pass catchers for the Week 3 matchup with Kansas City (Pierce was a full participant Wednesday).

Sep 21, 2022 1:05 PM EST


To practice Wednesday

Pittman (quadriceps) is scheduled to practice Wednesday, Stephen Holder of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pittman's return to practice is a notable step in the right direction, even if he only ends up handling limited reps. The No. 1 wideout's status is crucial for Indianapolis' matchup against the Chiefs on Sunday, as Matt Ryan and the offense were unable to score a single point without Pittman versus Jacksonville in Week 2. Coach Frank Reich previously expressed optimism that Pittman's quad injury might only result in one absence.

Sep 21, 2022 9:57 AM EST


Could play Week 3

Colts head coach Frank Reich said Monday that Pittman has "made some good progress" in his recovery from a quadriceps injury over the weekend and could be available for the team's Week 3 matchup with the Chiefs, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Initially listed as questionable heading into the Colts' eventual 24-0 loss to the Jaguars this past Sunday, Pittman was downgraded to out a day in advance of the contest. Reich expressed optimism that Pittman's absence was a "one-game thing," but the wideout's status for the upcoming week won't be known for certain until the Colts get a chance to assess his condition in practice. The Colts will return to the field Wednesday for their first Week 3 practice.

Sep 19, 2022 12:59 PM EST


Out against Jacksonville

Pittman (quad) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pittman's quad issue occurred during Wednesday's practice and is apparently severe enough to keep him out a week. With Pittman and Alec Pierce (concussion) out, Ashton Dulin and Mike Strachan will get increased snaps with Parris Campbellthe lone starter from last week.

Sep 17, 2022 9:51 AM EST


Questionable for Week 2

Pittman (quad) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Pittman's quad issue occurred during Wednesday's practice and now the Colts' top wideout will approach Sunday's contest with a questionable designation. Fortunately for those considering Pittman (who racked up nine catches on 13 targets in the team's season opener) in Week 2 fantasy lineups, the team kicks off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. Meanwhile, fellow WR Alec Pierce (concussion) has been ruled out for the contest, which figures to lead to added snaps for Ashton Dulin and Mike Strachan behind Pittman (if active) and Parris Campbell.

Sep 16, 2022 10:54 AM EST


Not partaking in practice

Pittman (quadriceps) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Pittman's lack of involvement in practices comes one day after he appeared on the Colts' initial Week 2 injury report as a limited participant on account of the quad issue. It's possible that his absence from the field Thursday is more maintenance-based rather than the result of a setback from Wednesday's session, but Friday's practice report will shed more light on Pittman's status heading into Sunday's game in Jacksonville. Pittman was the clear top target for quarterback Matt Ryan in the Colts' Week 1 tie with the Texans, with the wideout turning his 13 targets into nine receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Sep 15, 2022 10:58 AM EST


Limited with quad injury

Pittman was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a quadriceps injury.

Analysis: It's likely a minor injury, considering he was able to practice in some capacity and played 98 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-20 tie with the Texans. While Pittman likely will be okay for Sunday's context in Jacksonville, fellow wideout Alec Pierce (DNP - concussion) is up in the air, potentially giving Ashton Dulin an opportunity to fill in as the No. 3 receiver.

Sep 14, 2022 1:15 PM EST


Paces pass catchers in Week 1 tie

Pittman brought in nine of 13 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 20-20 tie with the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Pittman unsurprisingly served as Matt Ryan's top target by far on the afternoon, and his 15-yard touchdown grab with just under two minutes remaining knotted the game at 20-20 to complete a two-score comeback. Pittman had shown strong rapport with Ryan during training camp by all accounts, and as the Colts' most accomplished receiver, he should reprise his volume and corresponding production on quite a few occasions this season. Pittman's first opportunity to build on Sunday's prolific season-opening effort comes in a Week 2 road divisional battle against the Jaguars next Sunday.

Sep 11, 2022 2:21 PM EST


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