Hilton did nothing but validate the move by having one of the best rookie seasons ever by a Colts receiver.
A number of Colts were asked near the start of camp which teammate they expected to have a solid performance in Anderson. Many pointed a finger directly at Hilton.
“He showed a whole lot last year, and it was the foundation for the rest of his career,” said
Hilton has been a regular target for quarterbacks in camp. Among his seven receptions in Tuesday’s practice, three went for scores.
The highlight of the night was a long touchdown connection from Luck in tight coverage by
“I think T.Y. Hilton can be really special as a receiver, and I’ve been around a lot of receivers,” said 15-year veteran
The 13th receiver drafted last year, Hilton started breaking out early. In week three, he became the NFL’s first rookie receiver to top 100 yards when he had 113 against Jacksonville.
His second such performance (6-102, 1 TD) came against Miami, and he tied the club mark of Andre Rison with six receptions for 100 yards at New England.
Hilton set the club rookie mark by going past the plateau at Detroit, then versus Houston, and he also set a franchise record by scoring touchdowns via a reception and punt return in the same game – versus Buffalo.
Grigson cited Hilton for his aggressiveness also in hitting on coaches for tidbits during practice. He was seeking counsel for honing his craft, and he did so repetitively with
Hilton said last year having Wayne at his disposal was invaluable. He said it was like having a math book with answers provided. He also said going to Wayne was like going to the library, but that he only had to walk across the locker room rather than get in a car and drive to have access to information.
“He’s young but he’s a professional, he’s what you want in a young guy,” said Wayne. “He’s in meetings asking questions, writing down notes, making sure he’s on the right page with Andrew (Luck). He’s doing everything right. T.Y. is constantly just growing and growing, that’s all you can ask for.”
“T.Y. has become a more confident guy,” said Allen. “Last year he was still young, a little raw and didn’t have a lot of confidence. Due to the success that he had last year, it helped build his confidence a lot. You see it through his route running, through his trash talking that he does this year.”
Hilton was the ninth Colts rookie with 50 receptions and while his yardage was second-most (1,131, Bill Brooks, 1986), his seven touchdowns tied for third-most (8, Brooks; Marvin Harrison; 7, John Mackey; Austin Collie).
“He plays with a quiet confidence that’s really fun to be around,” said Luck. “He’s a phenomenal teammate. You can tell T.Y. takes coaching really well. He’s smart, he knows how to play football but he also does a great job of taking coaching. He’s been phenomenal.”
Chuck Pagano pointed out how second-year players play more fluidly because the game is more natural and has slowed down more.
“T.Y. is not thinking. He plays fast,” said Pagano. “You could see him in the middle and toward the end of last season really take off. He came in in the off-season and picked up right where he left off. He’s a talented guy. He’s going to become an elite guy.”
PLAY OF THE DAY
Luck hit 13-of-21 passes with one interception. He completed five passes to Reggie Wayne and three to T.Y. Hilton. Luck is 208-of-307 for 19 TDs in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills in during camp.
Luck teamed with Wayne on a crisp pass across the middle with
With Dwayne Allen nursing a foot injury, Fleener and
Hasselbeck teamed on a long out pattern with
The team did repetitive drills with the offense deep and moving away from its goal-line.
NEWS OF THE DAY
TE-Dwayne Allen (foot), S-
PAGANO SAYS (On if he still feels butterflies on game days)
“Everybody gets them, it doesn’t matter whether you’re playing or coaching, we all have a job to do and we all have responsibilities. There are always butterflies but once you kick that thing off as a player, you have them but the first time you get hit or you hit somebody, the butterflies are gone and you are in the flow of the game. The same thing goes as far as coaching. Obviously, having somewhat of a year under my belt, I don’t think it will be as bad as it was the first time.”
FEATURED QUOTE (DE-
“Hey man, I’m a football player, bro. If you line me up at free safety, I think I can cover somebody and come downhill and hit, you know what I’m saying? We play ball, man. That’s what you want to do. You want to put football playmakers on the field and that’s our mindset.”
YESTERDAY’S TRIVIA QUIZ
Five different opposing quarterbacks have had five or more touchdown passes in a game against the Colts. Who are they? ANSWER: Joe Kapp (7, Minnesota, 1969), Joe Namath (6, New York Jets, 1972), Dan Fouts (5, San Diego, 1982), Mark Malone (5, Pittsburgh, 1985) and Drew Brees (5, New Orleans, 2011).
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUIZ
Two former Colts assistant coaches had four or more interceptions against the Colts as an opposing quarterback. Who are they and how many did they throw? See tomorrow’s Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.
TODAY’S ATTENDANCE: 1,450. TOTAL FOR CAMP: 31,857.
The weather during Thursday’s morning work was sunny and 72 degrees. The temperature for the afternoon practice reached 75 degrees. Rain and light hail welcomed the start of practice and it remained overcast most of the way.
There will be a Friday afternoon practice open to the public from 1:50 to 3:55 p.m. There is nothing scheduled for Saturday, and the Colts host Buffalo on Sunday.