INDIANAPOLIS -- When it comes to Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard's desire to increase competition on the roster it shouldn't be surprising that receiver is one of the many positions that he's looking at.
The addition of receiver of Kamar Aiken should be an eye opener for fellow receiver Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett, the Colts' first-round pick in 2015, has been inconsistent through his first two seasons, and it's safe to say that his spot as the team's No. 3 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief is up for grabs.
“Just the opportunity for me to be able to have a chance to play and compete for a job,” Aiken said. “I was told there is going to be open competition basically in our receiver room, which is better for the whole receiver room, and then I would still have my special teams role as well.”
It wasn't supposed to be like this for Dorsett, though. Not after the Colts ignored more pressing needs on defense and on the offensive line to take the former University of Miami speedster with the 29th pick in the draft.
But Dorsett has just provided the Colts glimpses of his potential through his two seasons. Glimpses don't carry much weight when Indianapolis relies so much on its offense to lead the way. Dorsett has 51 receptions for 753 yards and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. His 33 receptions last season were fifth on the team despite being third in targets with 60.
Aiken, along with fellow receiver Chester Rogers, will push Dorsett for snaps. Aiken arrived in Indianapolis with motivation after believing he didn't get a fair shot with the Baltimore Ravens last season.
Aiken went from leading the Ravens in receiving with 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns in 2015 to only having 29 catches for 328 yards and a touchdown while being behind Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman on the depth chart last season. The 6-foot-2 Aiken will join Moncrief as another big-target possession receiver for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Five of Aiken's six touchdowns over the past two seasons occurred in the red zone.
“Kamar is a tough competitor and has shown he can be a consistent wide receiver in this league,” Ballard said in a statement announcing Aiken's signing. “He adds a nice complement to our wide receiver group and we look forward to watching him compete.”