The start of training camp is a very exciting time for football fans. Not only does it mean that the start of the regular season is just a month or so away, but it also shows the fans who will win the starting jobs on their favorite teams. If the season were to start tomorrow it appears the No. 2 receiver on the Indianapolis Colts would be Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Heyward-Bay has been generating much praise from coaches and Andrew Luck while taking snaps as the No.2 wide out in training camp thus far. Many thought that T.Y Hilton was in for a breakout season and would be the one to start opposite Reggie Wayne after demonstrating big-play ability in his rookie season. But under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton it appears as of now that DHB could in fact be the one poised for a breakout year.
Hamilton was the quarterbacks coach and offensive play caller at Stanford during Andrew Luck’s stretch there. Hamilton ran an offense that displayed two-tight end sets with only two other receivers split outside. If the Colts’ current offense mirrors anything similar to the offense Hamilton ran at Stanford, Hilton could struggle to find a decent amount of snaps and will likely see the field mostly on obvious passing situations.
Up to this point in DHB’s career he is yet to have a QB of the caliber of Luck or play for a team as talented as the Colts. 2013 could be a breakout year for the former 7th overall pick, but training camp has just begun and things can change in a heartbeat in the NFL. If he does manage to secure the No.2 spot and you can pick him up around the 12th round, which is where his average draft position has him going, he could be one of the bigger steals in your draft.