Michael Pittman Jr.

Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11
Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11

Michael Pittman Jr. News

Not focused on extensions

Pittman recently told reporters he isn't worried about his contract and is letting his agent handle extension talks, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports. "If it doesn't happen this year, that's no big deal," Pittman said. "It'll happen eventually, right?"

Analysis: The 2020 second-round pick doesn't seem to have a holdout in mind for his contract year after a disappointing 2022 for both him personally and the Indianapolis offense as a whole. The team now has a new coaching staff and two new QBs, with Gardner Minshew and fourth overall pick Anthony Richardson expected to compete for the Week 1 start. Pittman drew 60 more targets than any of his teammates in 2021 (129) and 50 more in 2022 (141), making him a huge favorite to lead the Colts in receiving again after the team's most notable offseason additions at WR were a rookie third-round pick (Josh Downs) and a 28-year-old who got less than $500,000 guaranteed on his contract (Isaiah McKenzie). The Colts also parted ways with Parris Campbell, who finished second on the team in targets and receiving last year and whose presence may have blocked Pittman from getting more slot snaps.

May 18, 2023 2:06 PM EST

Touchdown grab to close out season

Pittman secured three of five targets for 30 yards in the Colts' 32-31 loss to the Texans on Sunday. He also rushed once for no gain and recovered a fumble.

Analysis: Pittman was able to finish a solid third season by recording a touchdown grab for a second consecutive game on a one-yard catch late in the first quarter to open the scoring for the Colts. Pittman finished a campaign that was marred by a revolving door of mostly pedestrian quarterback play for the Colts just one reception short of 100, but he did cross the 900-yard threshold and also tallied four touchdowns. The 2020 second-round pick is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, and given his impressive body of work over the first three years of his career, it remains to be seen if he and the club talk contract extension this offseason.

Jan 8, 2023 2:50 PM EST

Finds end zone in lopsided loss

Pittman secured six of eight targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 38-10 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Pittman led the Colts in receptions and targets while checking in second in receiving yardage. The sure-handed receiver's six-yard scoring grab late in the third quarter served as the only touchdown of the day for Indianapolis, and his production on the day left him just four receptions short of the 100-catch mark for the season, as well as five yards shy of the 900-yard threshold. Pittman has just three touchdowns overall in 2022, so he'll look to improve on that tally in a Week 18 home matchup against the Texans.

Jan 1, 2023 4:08 PM EST

Limited to 39 yards by Chargers

Pittman recorded four receptions on seven targets for 39 yards in Monday's 20-3 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Pittman led the Colts with seven targets with Nick Foles under center, though he struggled to produce until late in the game. The majority of his production came with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard reception -- his only double-digit gain of the contest. Though Pittman has operated as the centerpiece of the Colts' passing attack, he has surpassed 70 receiving yards in only four of 15 games for the season.

Dec 26, 2022 8:55 PM EST

Racks up 10 catches in OT loss

Pittman caught 10 of 14 targets for 60 yards and rushed twice for 30 yards in Saturday's 39-36 overtime loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Pittman caught a lucky break in the second quarter, as the officials ruled that his forward progress was stopped at the end of a short catch, negating what would have been a fumble returned for a touchdown by the Vikings defense. He was the only Colts player to record more than two catches in a game that saw the team build up a 33-0 halftime lead, only to watch it slip away in the second half. Pittman remained the featured option through the air in overtime, contributing 24 yards on three catches, but the Colts ultimately punted on their only drive of OT before the Vikings won it with a field goal. Another boatload of short targets likely awaits Pittman in Week 16 against the Chargers.

Dec 17, 2022 2:49 PM EST

Held in check on SNF

Pittman was held to 16 yards on two receptions (four targets) in Sunday's 54-19 blowout loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Pittman was unable to build off of last week's strong fantasy line, instead producing his worst point total of the 2022 campaign. Matt Ryan played exceptionally poor against Dallas' vaunted pass rush, so it's tough to put any blame on the receivers in this blowout loss. The third year wideout still owns a respectable 76/755/2 line through 12 games despite having subpar quarterback play for the majority of his tenure in Indianapolis. Pittman will look to rebound from this poor showing when the Colts take on the Vikings on Dec. 18 following the upcoming bye week.

Dec 4, 2022 10:41 PM EST

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

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