"He's played all four spots, both outside positions (and) both slots. We feel like that's important so that teams can't scheme to take him away," said offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. "We've challenged T.Y. to understand the concepts (of) all four spots. He's done extremely well."
Hilton is entering his third year in the NFL, and he's looking to build off last year's breakout campaign when he had 82 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns.
He missed practice last week with an undisclosed injury, but it might have been an issue with his foot, according to previous reports. Hilton showed no issue running routes Wednesday as he made a nice catch on a deep route. He said that the game is slowing down for him in his third year, which means he's doing less thinking and playing naturally.
"I know what to expect now," Hilton said when asked what's changed about his game. "I don't know about the DBs, but I know what to expect from them. They probably don't know what they're going to get, but all in all it's just slowing down for me, real slow, and I'm just able to play my game."
With the No. 90 pick in the NFL Draft, the
Moncrief has the chance to be the No. 4 receiver for the Colts behind
He started all 13 games in 2013 for the Rebels and posted a stat line of 59 catches, 938 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 15.9-yards per catch.
After Reggie Wayne tore his ACL last season at Houston it was widely assumed that
"We all know he's an explosive guy and a vertical guy and he can make the big plays, we've seen the big plays," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of Hilton at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando. "Did he have to do some of the other stuff because of the absence of Reggie? We had to be creative, we had to move him around, we couldn't sit him in one spot or play him in one spot. We had to do some things because we knew that they were going to roll the coverage to him, they were going to double him, put a guy up on his nose, disrupt him at the line of scrimmage and have a guy over the top, all those things. We had to do a bunch of different things just to try and get him loose, get him free."
The feeling now is that the arrival of Hakeem Nicks will put Hilton in a position where he'll see less double coverage and become a deep-ball threat, albeit exclusively. Nicks and Wayne should keep it tough on Hilton from getting close to the 138 targets he had last regular season.
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