Zach Pascal

Zach Pascal

Wide Receiver #17
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 207 lb.
College:Old Dominion
Age:26
Born:December 18, 1994
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Zach Pascal: Solid end to regular season

Pascal secured two of four targets for 41 yards during Week 17's 28-14 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Pascal wasn't able to maintain his two-game scoring streak Week 17, but he did once again log an impressive average catch distance (20.5). The 26-year-old caught 44 of 71 targets for 629 yards and five touchdowns across 16 regular-season games in 2020, a nearly identical replication of his 2019 statline. He'll continue operating in a starting role alongside T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman during Saturday's wild-card matchup in Buffalo.

January 6, 2021 11:23 AM EST

Zach Pascal: Catches long touchdown pass

Pascal caught three of six targets for 64 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Pascal got off to a great start as he hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass to help his team build a 14-point lead at halftime. He didn't do quite as much with the rest of his looks, but he still led the team in receiving yardage for the second straight game and has three touchdowns in those contests to take his total to five for the season. Pascal has emerged as a regular contributor most weeks and will look to finish the regular season on a high in next Sunday's matchup with a poor Jaguars defense.

December 27, 2020 3:44 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Finds end zone twice

Pascal recorded five receptions on six targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the Texans.

Analysis: Pascal paced all Colts receivers in receptions and yards, narrowly beating out T.Y. Hilton in each statistic. However, he made his primary impact with two touchdown grabs, which came from 11 and five yards. Pascal had recorded only one reception in each of his last three games, but benefitted from Michael Pittman's inability to command targets. He'll face a stiffer test in Week 16 against the Steelers.

December 20, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Records long catch in Week 14 win

Pascal collected one of his two targets for a 27-yard reception during Sunday's 44-27 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: The Old Dominion product continues to demonstrate an ability to make plays downfield, as he finds himself with a yards-per-catch average exceeding 13.0 for a second consecutive year. Pascal's two total touchdowns restrict his fantasy upside, but he ranks third on the team in targets (55) behind T.Y. Hilton and Nyheim Hines heading into a Week 15 matchup against Houston's No. 24 pass defense.

December 15, 2020 5:50 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Targeted once in win

Pascal caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Pascal finished second to rookie Michael Pittman among Colts' wide receivers with an 80 percent snap share. However, it was T.Y. Hilton who stole the show with an 8-110-1 performance, while Pascal finished with his lowest yardage total of the season. Pascal's consistent usage is encouraging, but it's tough to depend on him in fantasy at this point.

December 8, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Upgrades to full activity

Pascal (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Pascal was listed as questionable before avoiding the inactive list ahead of last week's loss to the Titans, but he looks poised to enter Sunday's game in Houston without an injury designation at all. The starting wideout has drawn multiple targets in each of the Colts' 11 games to date, but he's yet to produce an eye-popping line in any of those outings, topping out at five receptions, 58 receiving yards and one touchdown in any given week.

December 3, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Limited due to knee injury

Pascal (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Pascal caught just one pass last week, but he didn't seem to be slowed by any injuries, as he played 53 of a possible 74 snaps on offense. The wide receiver will look to raise his practice participation as the week unfolds ahead of Sunday's trip to Houston.

December 2, 2020 12:52 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Just one reception Sunday

Pascal had one reception for 23 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Pascal actually played the third most snaps among wide receivers (53 of the offense's 74) and started when the Colts opened in a three-receiver set. While he's been a steady part of the offense, he's had just one game with more than four receptions as the Indy offense has spread the targets around the receiving corps.

December 1, 2020 9:55 AM EST

Zach Pascal: Set to play Sunday

Pascal (knee/foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: The Colts listed Pascal as a non-participant on their first two practice reports of the week before he was able to get back on the field Friday as a limited participant. The Indianapolis coaching and training staffs were apparently satisfied with how Pascal looked during that session, so he should be on track to fill his normal starting role in the team's receiving corps. Pascal has been consistent -- if unspectacular -- over the past five games, finishing with between three and five receptions and 33 and 54 receiving yards in each contest.

November 29, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Zach Pascal: Questionable for Week 12

Pascal (knee/foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after returning to a limited practice Friday.

Analysis: Pascal has carved out a modest degree of fantasy utility this season, while scoring two TDs and averaging 3.1 catches and 38.4 receiving yards through ten games. Those in deeper formats considering the wideout in Week 12 lineups will have the benefit of knowing his status prior to the first wave of games this Sunday, with the Colts kicking off at 1:00 ET.

November 27, 2020 12:45 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Listed as DNP again

Pascal (knee/foot) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Pascal didn't practice Wednesday, so what he does Friday will be crucial with regard to his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Titans. 10 games into the 2020 season, Pascal has carved out a modest degree of fantasy utility, while scoring two TDs and averaging 3.1 catches and 38.4 receiving yards per game.

November 26, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Totals 53 receiving yards

Pascal caught all three of his targets for 53 yards during Sunday's 34-31 win over the Packers.

Analysis: The three receptions actually tied-second on the team, with quarterback Philip Rivers completing passes to 11 different receivers during the contest. Pascal's 54 receiving yards also ranked second on the team, trailing only Michael Pittman. Pascal is averaging 3.8 catches for 48 yards over the past five games, but his fantasy value is limited with only one touchdown during that stretch.

November 24, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Narrowly misses TD in win

Pascal brought in four of five targets for 33 yards in the Colts' 34-17 win over the Titans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Pascal would have had a much more fruitful fantasy night had it not been for the fact he came up about a half-yard short of the goal line on a third-quarter catch, a play that was originally ruled a touchdown before being reversed on replay. The third-year pro did hit the four-reception mark for the third time in the last four games, but his yardage total was his lowest since Week 5 against the Browns. With rookie Michael Pittman (7-101 on Thursday) appearing to expand his profile in the air attack by the week, Pascal may be even more challenged to produce noteworthy fantasy numbers moving forward.

November 12, 2020 9:25 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Makes five catches in loss

Pascal secured five of six targets for 55 yards in the Colts' 24-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: With T.Y. Hilton (groin) out of action and Jack Doyle (concussion) exiting the game in the first quarter, Pascal led the Colts in receptions while checking in second in receiving yards by one to Michael Pittman. Pascal remains a solid possession option, but he lacks the explosiveness to offer next-level fantasy upside and therefore isn't a reliable candidate to take over the deep routs Hilton often runs. Pascal will look to continue making solid contributions in a Week 10 Thursday night battle against the Titans.

November 8, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Catches three of six targets

Pascal caught three of six targets for 44 yards during Sunday's 41-21 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Pascal led the team in targets while tying for the lead in receptions and finishing second in yardage. He recorded a long gain of 20 yards, which tied his third-longest of the season, and converted first downs on his other two receptions as well. T.Y. Hilton (groin) left the game with an injury, which in theory created more opportunities for Pascal, but he finished with modest numbers nonetheless. Whether Hilton plays or not next Sunday against the Ravens, Pascal will face a tough matchup and probably doesn't carry much fantasy upside given the nature of the Indianapolis offense.

November 1, 2020 7:26 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Catches TD in comeback win

Pascal had four receptions for 54 yards on seven targets, including a 17-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Pascal has been working as the No. 2 receiver with injuries to Parris Campbell (knee) and Michael Pittman (leg), but had just two targets last week amid Philip Rivers' struggles. With the Colts falling behind early Sunday, the Colts turned to the passing game with Rivers showing a significant improvement (105.4 NFL passer rating). Pascal isn't in a high volume passing offense, so he may not be a steady source of production unless the Colts are forced to catch up like Sunday.

October 19, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Hauls in two passes during loss

Pascal corralled both of his targets for 15 receiving yards during Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: The 25-year-old paced Indianapolis with 58 receiving yards during a 19-11 win over the Bears in Week 4, but he established a new season-low in yards Sunday despite playing 91 percent of the offensive snaps. Pascal proved during 2019 that he is capable of breaking big plays, as evidenced by his five touchdowns and 14.8 yards-per-catch average. Thus far in 2020, however, he's only once had more than four targets in a game.

October 13, 2020 6:07 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Leads team in receiving yards

Pascal recorded three receptions on eight targets for 58 yards in Week 4 against the Bears.

Analysis: Pascal worked as the Colts' deep threat -- he averaged 19.3 yards per reception -- but also led the team with eight targets. He accounted for the team's longest gain of the day on a 36-yard reception during the team's first drive of the contest, helping set up a touchdown to cap the possession. With Parris Campbell (knee) and Michael Pittman (leg) both out, Pascal should continue to see plenty of targets as the team's number two receiver behind T.Y. Hilton. Pascal will have an exploitable matchup in Week 5 against a leaky Browns' secondary.

October 4, 2020 6:41 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Becomes No. 2 WR

Pascal looks set for a larger role with Michael Pittman out after leg surgery and Parris Campbell set to undergo knee surgery, 107.5 FM The Fan Indianapolis reports. Pascal had two receptions for 34 yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: Pascal will become the clear No. 2 receiver next to T.Y. Hilton with Reece Fountain, Ashton Dulin and rookie Dezmon Patmon candidates to fill the No. 3 receiver role. It sounds like Pittman and Campbell (who was hurt in Week 2) will miss significant time.

September 28, 2020 3:02 PM EST

Zach Pascal: New primary option in slot

Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said Tuesday that Pascal will be the leader in a committee of players who will take reps at slot receiver while Parris Campbell (knee) is out indefinitely, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Since he already started in the Colts' first two games and handled snap shares north of 60 percent in both contests, Pascal isn't expected to see a dramatic increase in playing time sans Campbell, but he could stand to benefit from a potential role change. Though he scored a touchdown in the Week 2 win over the Vikings, Pascal hasn't been a major priority in the passing game for Philip Rivers thus far while working mostly as an outside receiver, garnering seven total targets. A move inside could allow Pascal to capture more looks; Rivers hasn't thrown downfield often this season, with his average depth of target (aDOT) of 7.6 yards ranking 12th-lowest among starting quarterbacks. Pascal will benefit from a favorable matchup Week 3 against a penetrable Jets defense that has thus far allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 75.3 percent of passes for 7.0 yards per attempt.

September 22, 2020 9:45 AM EST

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