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T.Y. Hilton Ready To Push Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett

Intro: Easily the most talented position group on the Colts offense, the wide receiver position will have plenty of competition in 2017. Hear from the wideouts on how things could play out this fall.


INDIANAPOLIS – It's arguably the deepest position group on the Colts roster.

It's also one that does not have a crystal-clear picture of the future.

The wide receiver talent for the Colts is there, but what about in 2018? 2019?

Donte Moncrief and newly signed Kamar Aiken are pending free agents next spring.

Jacoby Brissett's rookie deal currently runs through 2018, with a decision for a fifth-year team option for 2019 needing to be decided upon next spring.

The thought was when the Colts drafted Moncrief in the third round of 2014 and Dorsett in the first round just a year later, T.Y. Hilton had his running mates for quite some time.

But that's not an absolute lock going into the 2017 season.

Hilton was asked earlier this offseason on how the addition of Aiken, a 27-year-old who is just two years removed from leading the Ravens in receiving, impacts Moncrief and Dorsett nearing the end of their rookie deals.

"They know what the signing of Kamar means," Hilton says of Moncrief and Hilton.

"I'm going to push them. In the weight room, on the field, just continue to get better, whether it's texts, making sure they're studying, making sure they are on point, on cue, to come in here and compete."

Hilton, Moncrief and Dorsett form a trio of lockers lined up next to each other at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

The middle locker is Hilton's, the NFL's leading receiver last season, a guy needed to take on his own leadership role for the Colts.

When probed specifically about the 6-2, 220-pound Moncrief, Hilton offered some candidness, while pointing out the oozing potential.

"Donte can be very special," Hilton said of Moncrief. "We know the injuries lingered on for him last year. But he has the potential to be great.

"It's a contract year. That should say a lot. If you want that money, go ahead and go get it."

It's a message Hilton wants resonated to a pair of talented youngsters.

The pushing of Moncrief and Dorsett to reach their potential was elevated when the Colts signed Aiken in March.

From his days of bouncing around practice squads to being the No. 1 guy in Baltimore two years ago, Aiken has been at various ends of the spectrum.

Aiken knows the depth chart he's walking into with the Colts.

Let's compete.

"There is definitely a lot of competition," Aiken says.

"I am coming in to play. If any guy in that room isn't looking at being the guy and looking to play, then this isn't a league for you."

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