Colts coach reveals why Michael Pittman Jr. can succeed right away in NFL
The implications caused by COVID-19 could cause some rookies in the NFL to struggle to get acclimated to their new teams. Contrary to that belief, Mike Groh — the Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach — revealed why he believes Michael Pittman Jr. can succeed immediately in the NFL.
“So in terms of his ability to grasp an NFL system, he played in multiple systems throughout his college career, different coordinators, so he’s had to adapt there, had the mental flexibility to be able to do that,” Groh said. “I don’t think he’s a guy that you only have to play at one position. I think we’ll be able to move him around a little bit inside, outside to be able to utilize a skillset, great matchup advantages for him and for us. So, I just think that there’s a maturity there for a guy that’s spent a full four years in college and really had to earn his way and played on special teams and been productive on special teams.”
In his final season at USC in 2019, Pittman recorded 101 receptions for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver excelled at out-leaping defenders on the outside. As a result, the former Trojan knew that he’d be an ideal fit for the Colts.
However, Groh believes that Pittman isn’t a one-trick-pony at the wide receiver position. Given that he has a unique skill set for his size, the Colts want to utilize Pittman in a variety of ways. At the least, Groh believes Pittman can also be a special teams contributor if need be.
It’s going to be a tall task for some rookies to earn prominent roles with their respective teams in 2020. With that in mind, Indianapolis doesn’t envision much of a transition process for Pittman in his rookie season.