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Andre Johnson's Advice To Phillip Dorsett Has The Two Now Together As Colts

Intro: Phillip Dorsett's eagerness to join the Colts extends to multiple avenues within the team’s roster.


INDIANAPOLIS – Phillip Dorsett didn't see it coming.

In the Colts' war room though, the eyes of the Indianapolis brass couldn't get away from Dorsett's name.

The attraction was because of a "rare, rare trait" that eventually led to the Colts giving Dorsett and his family a late night surprise in southern Florida on Thursday.

The trait is warp-like speed. And Dorsett is coming to Indianapolis to put even more pressure on defenses that already had trouble sleeping in preparing for the Colts

"I talked with (the Colts) a lot," Dorsett said of the draft process.

"I had a meeting with them at the NFL Combine and the conversations went really well. I'm guessing they liked what they saw on film and me as a person. I'm just glad it happened and I can't be more happy."

February's Combine conversation between the Colts and Dorsett struck a cord with the team that calls Lucas Oil Stadium home.

When Dorsett wasn't talking to the Colts, he looked almost effortless in Combine drills, ranking among the top prospects in Indianapolis.

Instead of sitting on Combine numbers many receivers would dream of, Dorsett participated in every drill again at his Pro Day.

He dropped his 40-yard dash time to 4.25. The track numbers of Dorsett are notable (he ran track for two years at Miami), but the speedster is quick to remind those that he's, first, a football player who happens to have elite track speed.

This offseason, Andre Johnson, a fellow University of Miami product, has been a frequent workout partner for Dorsett.

The wisdom from Johnson has resonated with his now teammate.

"Work can take you further than anything," Dorsett said of Johnson's advice to him during the draft process.

"Wherever you go, work as hard as you can to earn the respect."

That destination is Indianapolis.

It's a city that quarterback Andrew Luck calls home and Dorsett's eagerness to work with the three-time Pro Bowler was evident in the receiver's words and tone on Thursday night.

"That's the best thing about it honestly," Dorsett said of being drafted by Indianapolis.

"Being able to play with an amazing quarterback like that is one of the best feelings ever. He's such a great quarterback and he makes his receivers better. I can't wait to get ready and play with him."

During Dorsett's four years at Miami, consistent quarterback play wasn't constant.

In Dorsett's senior season, he caught just 36 balls, a relatively small number for a first-round pick.

With a 1,600-yard rusher at Miami in Duke Johnson, carrying an offense quarterbacked by a freshman, Dorsett made sure to make the most of the times the ball came his way.

Dorsett averaged an eye-popping 24.2 yards per catch in 2014, a number that resembles the big play nature Colts fans have gotten used to seeing in T.Y. Hilton.

When the Colts found themselves on the clock Thursday night, a seven-letter name stood out, and now it's Indianapolis who hopes those letters translate into even more seven-point swings like Hilton has produced so many time the last three years.

"If someone looks at it and says it's a bad pick, it doesn't matter to me because I know what I'm capable of," Dorsett said on Thursday.

"I know what I can bring to the team. I'm just trying to cherish the moment and I know I'm going to give my all for the Indianapolis Colts."

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