Zach Pascal

Zach Pascal

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

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

Zach Pascal: Could be set for larger role

Pascal had three receptions for 19 yards, including a two-yard touchdown, on four targets in Sunday's win over the Vikings

Analysis: Pascal played on 59 of the offense's 73 snaps as he was pressed into a larger role after Parris Campbell was hurt. With Campbell set to miss significant time with a knee injury, Pascal and Micheal Pittman will serve as the No. 2 and No. 3 receiver with an uncertain mix who will stay on the field in two-receiver sets.

September 21, 2020 12:45 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Ready to go Sunday

Pascal (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: Pascal steadily increased his practice activity throughout the week, advancing from no participation to full participation between Wednesday and Friday. Though Michael Pittman (toe) is active after entering the weekend listed as questionable, Pascal should still take on a healthy snap count while being locked into a regular role in three-wideout formations alongside T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell.

September 20, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Zach Pascal: Expected to play Sunday

Pascal (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old received the questionable tag despite practicing as a full participant Friday, so it's not a major surprise he's expected to suit up Sunday. Pascal worked as the Colts' No. 3 wideout Week 1 and caught two of three targets for 18 yards, and he should operate in a similar role this week with Michael Pittman (toe) unlikely to suit up.

September 19, 2020 9:43 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Gets 'questionable' tag

Pascal (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest versus the Vikings.

Analysis: Pascal increased his activity level in each practice this week, going from none Wednesday to all of the reps Friday. Still, the Colts have applied a 'questionable' designation to the wide receiver, who may be the Colts' unquestioned No. 3 at the position if he plays and rookie Michael Pittman (toe) is inactive. During a Week 1 visit to Jacksonville, Pascal earned 62 percent of the offensive snaps but managed just two catches (on three targets) for 18 yards.

September 18, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Returns to limited practice

Pascal (ankle) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Pascal didn't practice Wednesday, so his return to the field Thursday bodes well for his Week 2 status. Look for Pascal, who started along with T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell and logged 46 (of a possible 74) snaps on offense in this past weekend's loss to the Jaguars, to either approach Sunday's game against the Vikings listed as questionable, or free from an injury designation.

September 17, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Battling ankle injury

Pascal (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: This is a new injury for Pascal, so it will be worth monitoring his practice participation as the week goes on. Pascal just edged out Michael Pittman for third in snaps among the Colts' receivers in Week 1, so Pittman could see his role grow if Pascal is out or limited on game day against Minnesota.

September 16, 2020 1:23 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Gets start at third receiver

Pascal had two receptions for 18 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville. He played on 46 of the team's 74 snaps on offense.

Analysis: Pascal played the third most snaps among receivers and got the start when the offense began with a three-receiver set. However, he played just seven more snaps than Michael Pittman (39 snaps) and was tied for sixth in targets in the offense. Pascal looks set to worth as the third or fourth receiver and as a veteran who can fill gaps elsewhere when needed.

September 14, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Zach Pascal: Listed as No. 3 receiver

Pascal is listed as the No. 3 receiver on the Colts' initial unofficial depth chart, opposite starters T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell.

Analysis: The depth chart may be giving defernce to Pascal as a veteran as 2020 second-round draft pick Michael Pittman is listed as the No. 4 receiver. Pittman was seen getting reps with the first-team offense in training camp and it's thought he'll have a significant role at the start of the regular season. Still, it's unclear how quickly the Colts will integrate Pittman into the offense, so Pascal could begin the season with a larger than expected role. If the receiving corps stays healthy (Hilton and Campbell had injury woes last season), then Pascal is seen eventually having a utility role and working in several spots in the passing game.

September 7, 2020 4:38 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Back at practice

Pascal (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: He's back in action, but with T.Y. Hilton poised to begin the season healthy, Parris Campbell in line to see an expanded role, and second-rounder Michael Pittman also in the mix, Pascal's path to reliable targets isn't clear. Of course, that could change in time if injuries hit and create a context in which Pascal's opportunities increase as the season rolls along, as was the case in 2019.

August 31, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Zach Pascal: Misses scrimmage

Pascal (hamstring) did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Pascal took advantage of injuries in the Colts' receiving corps in 2019 and ending up pacing the team in receiving yards (607) while hauling in 41 of his 72 targets. With T.Y. Hilton healthy, Paris Campbell poised to see an expanded role, and second-rounder Michael Pittman also in the mix, Pascal may have a more limited role. It's not clear if his injury is serious, but he could be limited heading into the regular season.

August 29, 2020 10:59 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Misses practice

Pascal (undisclosed) didn't practice Friday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: Nor did fellow wide receiver Parris Campbell (concussion). Pascal took advantage of injuries in the Colts' receiving corps in 2019 and ending up pacing the team in receiving yards (607) while hauling in 41 of his 72 targets. With T.Y. Hilton healthy, Campbell poised to see an expanded role when he returns, and second-rounder Michael Pittman also in the mix, volume could be an issue for Pascal. He's therefore off the radar in most re-draft formats in his present context.

August 28, 2020 2:24 PM EST

Zach Pascal: More competition for snaps

Pascal will face increased competition for playing time with the Colts taking Michael Pittman in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Analysis: Pittman should immediately push for a starting role in three-wide sets for Indianapolis after catching 101 of 136 targets for 1,275 yards (9.38 YPT) and 11 touchdowns last season at USC. Pascal took advantage of a number of injuries in the receiving corps last season to lead the team in receiving yards (607) while reaching the end zone five times. However, this season he could be used in a more limited capacity with Parris Campbell also set to compete for a larger role after an injury-plagued rookie season.

April 26, 2020 8:15 AM EST

Zach Pascal: Gets extended

Pascal signed a one-year contract extension with the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: Pascal was scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent in March, but his extension ensures he'll remain in the fold for Indianapolis through the 2020 season. The 25-year-old took advantage of a number of injuries to the Colts' pass catchers to lead the team in receiving yards (607) while reaching the end zone five times.

December 30, 2019 1:13 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Just one reception Sunday

Pascal had just one reception for six yards on three targets in Sunday's win over Carolina.

Analysis: The Colts didn't throw many passes (Jacoby Brissett was just 14-of27 for 119 yards passing) due to a large lead gained on special teams and via the run. Pascal still started and played on 50 of the offense's 64 snaps. He should get more work next week at Jacksonville.

December 23, 2019 3:08 PM EST

Zach Pascal: Makes four grabs

Pascal caught four of six targets for 44 yards in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Pascal led the Colts in catches and receiving yards despite top wideout T.Y. Hilton returning from injury. Although it was Hilton who topped Indy with nine targets, Pascal at least made the most of his looks, going for a team-long 24-yard reception as well. Even with Hilton back, Pascal should remain rather involved offensively, keeping his stock relatively stable going into the last two weeks of the season.

December 16, 2019 8:33 PM EST

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