With Reggie Wayne no longer with the Colts (the first training camp since 2000 that he will not be a part of), one of the biggest questions of arrival day was who would take over for Reggie as the best training camp entrance. Now, nobody this year showed up in an IndyCar or anything like that, but a couple of Colts made memorable appearances.
Wide receiver Donte Moncrief showed up on a powered skateboard-type thing, which is apparently called a skywalker (I don't know about you, but all I can think of when I hear that is Star Wars - which is a good thing to think about anytime, so I'm not complaining… but I digress). Moncrief was also sporting a backpack with a picture of Donte Moncrief on it. Running back Boom Herron showed up sporting some nice socks… of Boom Herron. And punter Pat McAfee had a poster of Pat McAfee to hang up in his dorm room.
But perhaps the best appearance of all came from wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who is also the one who replaced Wayne on the field as the Colts' number one wideout back in 2013. Hilton has developed a reputation not only for his play on the field, for which he has emerged as one of the league's top receivers, but also for his awesome backpacks. Back in April he told media that his backpack collection is well over 100, and he was sporting one of those backpacks as he arrived for camp today.
Today's backpack? It looked just like a Big Mac - and there was a reason for it. As Hilton said, it's because "I'm here to eat."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/TYHilton13">@TYHilton13</a> says there's always a message in his backpacks. Today that message is "I'm here to eat." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ColtsCamp?src=hash">#ColtsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/Q7eGaGHAod">pic.twitter.com/Q7eGaGHAod</a></p>— The Blue Mare (@TheBlueMare) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheBlueMare/status/627492250080120832">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Hilton enters 2015 as the top receiver on the depth chart for a team that is loaded at the position. Veteran Andre Johnson was brought in during free agency, Phillip Dorsett was the team's first round draft choice, and Duron Carter was a sought-after CFL signing. That's in addition to Hilton (who had a Pro Bowl season in 2014) and Donte Moncrief, who were already on the roster. Simply put, Andrew Luck is going to have a lot of options this season - but his favorite target and number one receiver remains Hilton.
The Colts intend on keeping it that way for several years, too, as they are reportedly currently talking to Hilton's camp about a long-term extension. Hilton dodged those contract questions today, however, saying that the talks are "between my agent and the Colts." According to the recent report from Bleacher Report's Jason Cole as well, Hilton and his camp are seeking $14 million per year, which would put him in the same range as the Cowboys' Dez Bryant and the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas, both of whom signed long-term extensions this offseason. But Hilton didn't compare himself to those two receivers today. "I'm not Dez Bryant, I'm not Demaryius Thomas," Hilton told media today. "I'm T.Y. Hilton."
While the contract saga continues for the wide receiver, it might be coming to an end at some point soon, if the sides continue to negotiate. But in the meantime, Hilton is ready for camp and "ready to eat."