According to Michael Pittman Jr.’s personal Instagram account, the soon-to-be second year wide receiver—along with fellow wideout Dezmon Patmon, are working out this early offseason with quarterback Jacob Eason in a 2020 Indianapolis Colts’ rookie class offseason ‘get together’ of sorts (via 1075 The Fan’s Kevin Bowen):
Jacob Eason getting in some field work with Dezmon Patmon and Michael Pittman.
The trio is out in California for some offseason training (video from Pittman’s IG). pic.twitter.com/QVRjyamGW2
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) March 3, 2021
It was recently reported that Pittman Jr. plans to work out with another Colts quarterback, new starter Carson Wentz, at some point this offseason too.
However, it is Eason who was throwing to Pittman Jr.—along with Patmon this time around.
While free agent Jacoby Brissett shouldn’t be ruled out completely to return, right now it currently appears as though the primary backup spot behind Wentz is Eason’s to lose—as quarterback Jalen Morton is the only other player at the position active on the roster (beyond Wentz of course).
The former 2020 Colts’ 4th round pick is talented, but still has a lot of work to do—having had a limited training camp, a nonexistent preseason, and being sat behind both now retired quarterback Philip Rivers and Brissett during team practices this past season.
Meanwhile, Pittman Jr. is safely penciled in as a starter on the outside after flashes of brilliance, and Colts general manager Chris Ballard believes he’s going to be a great player—as he continues to mature and develop at wide receiver (now fully comfortable after an initial serious calf injury to begin his rookie season).
Lastly, Patmon is a big bodied 2020 6th round pick, who appeared in 1 game this past season and was often a healthy scratch—being a wideout lower on the team’s depth chart. However, he has a chance to continue to ascend and earn more playing time in 2021.
Overall, it’s great to see young players take initiative and look at ways to better hone their respective crafts this early offseason—while building team chemistry and relationships.