INDIANAPOLIS – Not many third-round draft picks have as decorated of a resume as T.Y. Hilton does after two NFL seasons.
Early, and often, in his rookie season, there was Hilton taking full advantage of attention towards Reggie Wayne to carve up opposing defensive backfields.
Adversity struck the Colts offense midway through last season and the attention that had been on No. 87 was now coming to Hilton.
After a few weeks of adjusting to a lead role, Hilton was back as his old self, turning in Herculean performances to close out his second NFL season.
While Hilton has shown the capabilities to welcome some extra coverage, he knows that might not be in store this fall, thanks to some reinforcements.
Wayne's return is on the horizon and Hilton says the addition of another 1,000-yard receiver in Hakeem Nicks spells trouble for Colts opponents.
"We have three top guys that can be No. 1 receivers anywhere," Hilton told JMV on 1070 The Fan earlier this week. "Bringing (Nicks) over is only going to do wonders for us, including our two dominant tight ends and Andrew (Luck) back there."
For Hilton, his growth has been steady since missing the bulk of the 2012 training camp.
He remains a fixture in the shadow of Reggie Wayne, asking questions every chance he can get.
Wayne has shown Hilton a few ways that the 14-year pro runs specific routes, and the young pupil has added that to his own repertoire.
An area of improvement for Hilton this offseason is continuing to work on coming back to the football and making sure that he's always available for Luck.
With an offense filled with healthy returnees, fans are anxious to see exactly what's in store for the main point producers in 2014.
"We've got some new things that we want to do," Hilton told JMV.
"Right now we are just getting everyone caught up to pace and come training camp, we are going to be 100 miles per hour with the playbook."
Before training camp begins though, Hilton will be out and about in the Indianapolis community.
Hilton will host his first annual football camp this weekend at Lawrence North High School.
Next Saturday, Hilton will showcase his All-Miami Dade hardwood skills at Reggie Wayne's Charity Basketball game.
It's a busy lifestyle for Hilton but now fans can keep up with the emerging pro on his new twitter account.
Slowly, but surely, Hilton is going to have all of Lucas Oil Stadium in unison with his T-Y touchdown celebration.
"I'm always looking to interact with my fans," he says. "They mean the world to me and I do everything for them and my family."