Michael Pittman Jr.

Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11
Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11
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Michael Pittman Jr. News

Quiet with Hilton back

Pittman caught two of three targets for 35 yards and added a three-yard rush in Sunday's 31-3 win over Houston.

Analysis: Pittman played second fiddle to T.Y. Hilton, who had four catches for 80 yards in his season debut. Hilton, who had previously been on IR due to a neck injury, exited early with a quadriceps injury, so it's possible Pittman will be thrust right back into a leading role. Pittman and Hilton were the only Colts with multiple catches as the team raced out to a big lead and relied on the running game, but there should be more receiving volume up for grabs in Week 7 against San Francisco.

Oct 17, 2021 3:00 PM EST

Awesome TD catch Monday

Pittman caught six of seven targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 31-25 overtime loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Pittman didn't get his first touch until the second quarter but kept his momentum going afterward. He set up a field goal with a nice gain prior to halftime and was utilized on some quick screens in the second half. However, his night was definitely highlighted by his superb, 42-yard touchdown to begin the third quarter. That catch came as Pittman was forced to come back to a floating deep pass and tower over the opposing defensive back before carrying on through contact into the end zone. It was quite the way for the second-year pro to score his first touchdown of the season, and considering Pittman has now caught at least six passes in four straight games while topping 85 yards twice, he enters Week 6's favorable matchup against the Texans with his stock on the rise.

Oct 11, 2021 9:25 PM EST

Leads pass catchers in win

Pittman brought in six of eight targets for 59 yards in the Colts' 27-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: It was another busy afternoon for Pittman, who led the Colts in receptions, receiving yardage and targets one week after logging 12 looks against the Titans. The big-bodied wideout continued to serve as a fixture in the short and intermediate passing windows for quarterback Carson Wentz, a role that does cap his fantasy upside on many weeks but helps lock in plenty of high-percentage targets. Pittman now has at least six receptions in three straight contests, and he'll look to record his first touchdown of the season in a Week 5 matchup on the road versus the Ravens on Monday night, Oct. 11.

Oct 3, 2021 3:08 PM EST

Another 12-target outing

Pittman caught six of 12 targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Pittman saw a dozen passes thrown his way for the second straight week, helping him lead the Colts in all major receiving categories. Although his signal-caller was playing on two banged-up ankles, Pittman also could've scored his first touchdown of the campaign had Carson Wentz not missed him on an open pass to the end zone Sunday. Coming off last week's career-best eight catches for 123 yards, it was good to see Pittman remain the focal point of the Colts' passing game, and he'll strive to keep producing despite a potential matchup with Xavien Howard looming against the Dolphins in Week 4.

Sep 26, 2021 3:00 PM EST

Dominant effort in Week 2 loss

Pittman (ankle) secured eight of 12 targets for 123 yards in the Colts' 27-24 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: A late-week addition to the injury report, Pittman shook off his questionable designation to pace the Colts in receptions, receiving yardage and targets on the afternoon. Pittman likely derived some benefit from the absence of fellow wideout Parris Campbell (abdomen), and he quickly made up for a lackluster three-catch showing in Week 1 that cast some doubt on his ability to live up to his current de facto status as the No. 1 wideout in the team's offense. Pittman will look to build on the stellar performance in Week 3 when the Colts face off with the Titans in an AFC South road battle, although the health of quarterback Carson Wentz (ankle) will undoubtedly be pivotal to the receiver's fantasy outlook for that contest.

Sep 19, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Cleared for Week 2

Pittman (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Pittman was a late addition to the Colts' injury report after hurting his ankle in practice Friday, but the issue won't be significant enough to keep him off the field Sunday. The second-year wideout was on the field for all but two snaps in the Colts' Week 1 loss to the Seahawks, but he didn't see much volume in the passing game with three receptions for 29 yards on four targets.

Sep 19, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Indianapolis is confident that both Pittman (ankle) and Parris Campbell (abdomen) will be available for Sunday's game against the Rams despite both being listed as questionable on the official injury report, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter adds that the team does want to test both players in pre-game warmups before making a final decision. Pittman was a late addition to the injury report after being limited in practice Friday. He'll likely suit up and continue to start on the outside with T.Y. Hilton (neck) still sidelined.

Sep 18, 2021 11:19 PM EST

Questionable against Rams

Pittman (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Pittman was a late addition to the injury report after being limited in practice Friday. He'll likely suit up and continue to start on the outside with T.Y. Hilton (neck) still sidelined. The 2020 second-round pick played all but two of the Colts' offensive snaps in Week 1 but had just three catches to show for all that playing time.

Sep 17, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Just three receptions Sunday

Pittman had three receptions on four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Pittman played on 74 of the offense's 76 snaps as he took over the No. 1 receiver role with T.Y. Hilton out after neck surgery. However, he was just fourth on the team in targets as Indy's offense line struggled to give Carson Wentz enough time to throw a deep ball. Wentz sustained 10 quarterback hits in the game. Since Indy's offensive line is viewed as as strong unit, Pittman should improve if the line bounces back and Wentz has more time to throw.

Sep 13, 2021 11:14 AM EST

Ready for No. 1 role?

Pittman's teammate T.Y. Hilton (neck) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, ruling him out for the first three games of the season, per NFL.com's Michael Baca.

Analysis: Hilton is no longer a clear No. 1 in the Indianapolis wideout room, but his absence nonetheless boosts early season target projections for Pittman, Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell. Given that he's locked in as a starter on the heels of a solid rookie campaign, Pittman looks like the upside play out of that group, though he profiles as a possession receiver more so than a big-play threat. He did show strength and elusiveness after the catch last season, creating some upside even if downfield targets are few and far between. The Colts do expect Hilton to return this season, and possibly as soon as October.

Sep 1, 2021 2:22 PM EST

Role could expand following Hilton injury

With T.Y. Hilton potentially in line to multiple games due to an upper back or neck injury, Pittman, Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell appear poised to head the Colts' wide receiving corps early on this season, Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Also in the team's wideout mix battling for depth slotting are Mike Strachan, Ashton Dulin, Dezmon Patmon and DeMichael Harris. As a rookie, Pittman caught 40 passes for 503 yards and a TD in 13 games, but with Hilton now expected to miss time, the 2020 second-rounder has a chance to assume an expanded role with the team to start the coming season, and in the process solidify his standing as a fantasy lineup option.

Aug 29, 2021 8:51 AM EST

Snags one pass Saturday

Pittman posted one catch (on two targets) for seven yards during Saturday's preseason victory at Minnesota.

Analysis: Even with veteran T.Y. Hilton taking a seat, Pittman wasn't targeted by starter Sam Ehlinger until the first play of the second quarter, and his only catch went for seven yards. Meanwhile, all of Mo Alie-Cox, Zach Pascal, Parris Campbell, Nyheim Hines and even Farrod Green earned targets before Pittman. Pittman seems to be vying with Pascal and Campbell for slotting on the wide receiver depth chart, but Carson Wentz's foot injury has led to uneven quarterback play from Ehlinger and Jacob Eason, the primary competitors for a potential Week 1 start.

Aug 21, 2021 10:25 PM EST

Headed for second-year breakout?

Colts GM Chris Ballard sees "breakout potential" in Pittman, according to Zak Keefer of The Athletic.

Analysis: Confidence in Pittman is one explanation for the Colts having a quiet offseason at the WR spot, despite having plenty of cap space and no clear No. 1 receiver. Granted, the Colts aren't putting everything on Pittman's shoulders, as they re-signed T.Y. Hilton to a one-year, $8 million contract, gave Zach Pascal a second-round RFA tender and still have hope that 2019 second-round pick Parris Campbell can finally stay healthy. Pittman, the 34th overall pick from the 2020 Draft, is the upside play for fantasy purposes, especially after he had 101 total yards in the playoff loss to Buffalo. It remains to be seen if he can develop good chemistry with new Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, who was an outright disaster in his final year with the Eagles.

Jul 23, 2021 12:09 PM EST

Leading receiver in playoff exit

Pittman caught five of 10 targets for a team-high 90 yards and added an 11-yard carry in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Pittman racked up 102 scrimmage yards in the first half, but he also dropped a difficult but makeable catch in the end zone on 4th-and-goal late in the second quarter. He was a non-factor in the second half, losing one yard on his only catch. The rookie second-round pick topped 100 scrimmage yards only once in the regular season while reaching 50 in just three of 13 games, but hopefully Pittman will be able to build on this strong postseason debut heading into his sophomore season.

Jan 9, 2021 2:11 PM EST

Just two grabs Week 17

Pittman secured both of his targets for 28 yards during Week 17's 28-14 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Pittman managed to clear the league's five-step concussion protocol in time to suit up Week 17, and he handed his usual starting role alongside T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal. The rookie second-round pick appeared in 13 regular-season games with the Colts, securing 40 of 61 targets for 503 yards and a touchdown. He'll look to continue his steady production in the postseason, beginning with Indianapolis' wild-card matchup in Buffalo on Saturday.

Jan 6, 2021 11:04 AM EST

Cleared for Week 17

Pittman (concussion) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Pittman was deemed questionable Friday, but he has since cleared the league's five-step concussion protocol. The rookie second-round pick is slated to start at wide receiver in the crucial divisional tilt. Pittman hasn't produced big plays lately, as he's failed to post more than 50 yards or a touchdown in a game since Week 11.

Jan 2, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Listed as questionable

Pittman (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars after practicing fully both Thursday and Friday.

Analysis: Per Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis, the wideout still needs clearance from an independent neurologist to be cleared to play this weekend, but at this stage Bowen indicates that "looks good" to happen in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

Jan 1, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Logs full practice

Pittman (concussion) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Pittman was limited Wednesday, so his full participation Thursday would appear to give him a good chance of clearing the NFL's concussion protocol in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Friday's final injury report of the week will confirm whether or not Pittman heads into the weekend with any questions regarding his Week 17 playing status.

Dec 31, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Opens week with limited practice

Pittman (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Pittman will need to fully clear the league's five-step concussion protocol in order to participate in Sunday's must-win season finale against Jacksonville, but it's good to see him practicing in some capacity after sustaining the injury in last week's loss to the Steelers. The rookie second-round pick appeared to be breaking out in November with three consecutive games over 50 yards, but he hasn't reached that mark in five contests since.

Dec 30, 2020 12:47 PM EST

Concussion confirmed

Coach Frank Reich said Monday that Pittman is in the league's five-step concussion protocol, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Pittman hauled in three of five targets for 38 yards before being force out of last weekend's loss to the Steelers due to the brain injury. He'll need to garner full medical clearance in order to suit up against the Jaguars on Sunday, with the Colts still competing for playoff berth.

Dec 28, 2020 1:11 PM EST

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