Michael Pittman

Michael Pittman

26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Indianapolis Colts
Questionable
Injury Knee
Est. Return 8/1/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
A 2020 second-round pick, Pittman has improved upon his totals for targets and receptions with each passing season, establishing himself as one of the league's better possession receivers whilst dealing with subpar QB play. The best he's seen was the final year of Philip Rivers' career, at which point Pittman was a rookie and only the No. 3 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal. While he's been the clear No. 1 for Indianapolis ever since, Pittman has been saddled with Carson Wentz, a brutal final season from Matt Ryan and then Gardner Minshew last year. Anthony Richardson might end up being miles better than all those guys after an injury-marred rookie year, but even if he is, it doesn't guarantee Pittman will improve his production. What might happen instead is Pittman improving his efficiency but losing volume, as an offense with Richardson and RB Jonathan Taylor presumably will have a lot of rush attempts. At 6-4, 223, with 4.52 speed, Pittman is perhaps better suited to his familiar possession role in any case, while rookie second-round pick Adonai Mitchell can work as more of a field-stretcher. 2023 third-round pick Josh Downs is the wild card, potentially impacting Pittman's dominant share of short targets. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $70 million contract with the Colts in March of 2024.
Knee issue downplayed
WRIndianapolis Colts
Knee
May 22, 2024
Colts head coach Shane Steichen said that Pittman (knee) "should be fine" after he left the practice field early Wednesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
ANALYSIS
Steichen said Pittman "just bumped knees" during 11-on-11 drills. The Colts have no incentive to rush Pittman -- he's fresh off signing a three-year, $70 million extension -- back on the field, so it's possible he misses more of OTAs. Still, the No. 1 wideout ought to have plenty of opportunities to build chemistry with second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson this offseason, as long as his knee injury is indeed only minor. Pittman managed a 109-1,152-4 receiving line across 16 regular-season games last season despite substandard quarterback play, so having a healthy Richardson back under center should raise his fantasy ceiling.
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How do Michael Pittman's 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
75.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.28
 
% Team Air Yards
29.8%
 
% Team Targets
28.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
69.9%
 
Drop Rate
3.2%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.9
 
% Targeted On Route
25.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.89
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Michael Pittman's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
223 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.52 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.14 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.96 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Negotiations will continue
WRIndianapolis Colts
March 5, 2024
The Colts will continue to negotiate a long-term deal with Pittman after he was franchise tagged Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The sides have had negotiations, though Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that a deal isn't yet close. The Colts now have until July 15 to sign Pittman to a long-term deal, or he will have to play the 2024 season under the tag. He was a huge part of the team's offense in 2023, racking up 156 targets while surpassing 1,000 receiving yards for the second time in four seasons.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
Pittman took a step back rather than forward, as many expected, in 2022, dropping from 1,082 yards the year before to only 925 despite seeing 12 more targets (in one fewer game). The volume, at least, was promising, and some of the efficiency decline was out of his hands in an offense torpedoed by Matt Ryan's downfall and Jonathan Taylor's injury woes. Free-agent addition Gardner Minshew at least figures to be an upgrade on the 2022 version of Ryan, and there's not much in the way of target competition for Pittman. While never likely to be much of a deep threat with 4.52 speed, Pittman did show competence as an intermediate target in 2021 with a 9.8 aDOT before dropping to tight-end range in 2022 at 6.9. New coach Shane Steichen should take notice after doing fantastic work in Philadelphia last year, though there's some chance Pittman ends up catching passes from an unpolished rookie Anthony Richardson, the 14th overall pick in the draft, rather than Minshew in what could essentially be a rebuilding year for the Colts.
Pittman enjoyed his first 1,000-yard season in 2021, playing 17 games and catching more than twice as many passes as any Colt. The 2020 second-round pick had shown promise as a rookie, including 101 total yards in a playoff loss to Buffalo, but he wasn't at the top of many lists last spring for second-year wideout breakouts. No matter, Pittman quickly established himself as Option A in an otherwise lifeless passing game, with six or more catches in four of Indy's first five matchups. Through eight weeks, Pittman averaged 74.3 yards and 0.5 TDs on 8.1 targets per game from QB Carson Wentz, who finished 20th in YPA (6.9) and 27th in completion percentage (62.4). It eventually caught up to Pittman, who dropped to 4.8 catches for 54.2 yards and 0.2 TDs on 7.1 targets in the final nine games. The silver lining is that his target share remained steady throughout, with the dip in volume a product of Wentz averaging a mere 27.3 pass attempts in the final nine games. The Colts will still lean on Jonathan Taylor and a strong offensive line this season, but they likely won't hide new QB Matt Ryan the way they often hid Wentz. If nothing else, Ryan makes fewer mistakes, and some of his decline the last two seasons was due to the mess around him in Atlanta. The Colts are betting on a bounce back, and Pittman is a huge favorite to lead them in targets after they passed on top wideouts in free agency, instead drafting second-round pick Alec Pierce.
Last year's 34th overall pick, Pittman missed three games after having surgery for compartment syndrome, but then showed flashes when he was healthy, even with shot-putter Philip Rivers throwing him the ball. Pittman finished with 8.2 YPT, two catches of 40-plus yards and a 100-yard game in Week 10 against the Titans. Not included in Pittman's season totals are his stats from the wild-card loss to Buffalo, in which he put up a 10-5-90 receiving line with an 11-yard run, to boot. At 6-4, 223, Pittman is massive, and he moves well for his size - 4.52 40. (Think a slightly smaller Mike Evans.) The Colts' receiving corps is wide open, featuring a past-his-prime T.Y. Hilton, physically gifted but never healthy Parris Campbell and the steady but unspectacular Zach Pascal. It's possible none emerge as a true No. 1, but Pittman might be the best bet among the four, especially with Hilton starting the season on IR after neck surgery.
The Colts had some WR depth with T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell, but they took Pittman with the 34th overall pick anyway. At 6-4, 223, Pittman is massive for a wideout, and he runs a fast-for-his-size 4.52 40, specs similar to those of Tampa Bay's Mike Evans. Pittman is a good route runner and can use his size and ball skills to win jump balls over top of overmatched defensive backs. He didn't do much until his senior year, but exploded for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games for USC. It's unclear whether Pittman can beat out last year's second-rounder Campbell and/or Pascal for a role opposite T.Y. Hilton, but he should get a chance whenever training camp opens this summer.
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Departs practice after collision
WRIndianapolis Colts
Knee
May 22, 2024
Pittman (knee) departed Wednesday's practice early after appearing to injure his knee during a collision in 11-on-11 drills, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.
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Lands three-year extension
WRIndianapolis Colts
March 11, 2024
Pittman agreed Monday with the Colts on a three-year extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Franchise tagged by Colts
WRIndianapolis Colts
March 5, 2024
Indianapolis have placed the franchise tag on Pittman ahead of Tuesday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Not going anywhere, per GM
WRIndianapolis Colts
February 28, 2024
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Wednesday that Pittman will be on the team's roster for the upcoming season, whether via contract extension or the franchise tag, Nate Atkins of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Leads team with five catches
WRIndianapolis Colts
January 6, 2024
Pittman corralled five of six targets for 44 yards in Saturday's 23-19 loss to the Texans.
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