Colts Daily Headlines: November 8th Edition

Posted Nov 8, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will wrap up their final practice of the week later this morning in preparation for the Rams.

Today’s news looks at Pep Hamilton's offense, Andrew Luck's pocket presence and T.Y. Hilton in the slot.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, November 8th.

Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton adapts smartly amid Colts' injuries

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

It seems like a week doesn’t go by with Pep Hamilton having to deal with different personnel in his offensive game plan.

“Exactly,” Whitfield said. “I don’t think there’s anybody in the league that stands in there and dedicates himself to making one definitive throw better than Andrew.

“It’s ‘I’ve got this opportunity and I’m going to take it in spite of being a stride away from being rocked. That’s OK because me getting rocked doesn’t hurt half as bad as this kid catching the ball 25 yards down the field. That’ll rock their whole sideline.’ ”

Luck smiled at that characterization.

“That’s part of it,” he said. “It feels good when it’s a touchdown.”


T.Y. Hilton makes smooth transition to slot

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

The ESPN stats guys have compiled the frequency in which T.Y. Hilton lined up in the slot position on Sunday night.

Hilton was in the slot on 50 percent of the routes he ran. He was targeted 36 percent of the time there, and 43 percent of his seven catches came from the slot. Hilton was in the slot for two of his three touchdown catches.

Those numbers are a significant increase from where Hilton played the first seven games of the season.

He was in the slot on 26 percent of his routes, targeted 23 percent of the time, and produced 22 percent of his 27 receptions heading into Houston.

Hilton finished with seven catches for 121 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against Houston. Wayne has had three touchdowns in a game only once in his career (196 games) -- Week 8 against New England in 2006.

“It’s a God-given gift, but Andrew (Luck) did a great job getting me the ball,” Hilton said. “(Offensive coordinator) Pep (Hamilton) did a great job calling the plays. Once we get out there, we kind of just have fun, settle into the game and just do what we do.”
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