The Colts have a roster that lacks a lot of depth, and that is true of the wide receiver position. They have a nice top three with T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett, but after those three it's a big question mark.
That means that the Colts will be relying heavily on those guys, but as they work in OTAs only one of those three is practicing. With Moncrief and Dorsett both sidelined as they rehab injuries, it's just T.Y. Hilton and a lot of young, unproven receivers working in practice. That hasn't been a problem, however, as head coach Chuck Pagano had high praise for Hilton's performance so far this offseason.
"T.Y. is having as good of an offseason as anybody. Probably better than anybody right now," Pagano said Tuesday after the Colts' fifth OTA practice of the year. "There's a lot of good stuff going on out there, but I've never seen this guy practice as fast as he's practicing right now and competing at the level he's competing at and leading the way that he's leading. And he's done it day in and day out."
Hilton has emerged in recent years as the Colts' number one wideout and the top target for Andrew Luck, as he has recorded three-straight 1,000-yard seasons and has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two years. Last year, despite playing nine games without Luck, Hilton still managed to catch 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five scores. This year, with Luck back, the wideout could be even better.
We'll have to wait until we see the Colts on the field to know for sure, but it's nice to hear that T.Y. Hilton has been having a tremendous offseason with the Colts. The younger guys would be wise to pay attention to Hilton and learn from him, the way Reggie Wayne learned from Marvin Harrison and T.Y. Hilton learned from Reggie Wayne. That could hopefully help the depth, but more important than depth is the top guys staying healthy and playing well. There's still a long way to go, but so far, so good for T.Y. Hilton.