Entering the 2013 training camp, most thought newly-acquired wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey would be the starting wide receiver opposite of veteran Reggie Wayne for the Indianapolis Colts. Last year’s surprise rookie T.Y. Hilton was likely going to give Heyward-Bey a run for the second spot on the depth chart, but most thought Heyward-Bey would beat him out.
After the entire training camp and two preseason games, it now looks like Hilton is not only going to beat out Heyward-Bey, but he’s going to be a star.
Now granted Heyward-Bey did have a very solid game Sunday night against the New York Giants where he had four receptions and 42 yards on five targets, but Hilton is still making more explosive plays.
Hilton scored his second touchdown in as many games this preseason with an incredible touchdown grab in the second quarter. Hilton did a great job of making the catch and getting his feet down for the score.
He had two receptions for 36 yards tonight, and both were incredible plays. Against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, he again made incredible plays, including a miraculous diving catch for his first touchdown of the 2013 preseason.
The speedster is proving his worth and showing he’s not just a speedy guy in the slot, but a good enough receiver who can play on the outside and make big plays. Nevertheless, the Colts have three very good receivers regardless of who wins the job, as this could be a special season for them.
Andrew Luck has three of the better weapons at his disposal, and we’re not even mentioning his tight ends. Overall, Hilton is playing like a starter right now.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer. He’s recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. You can follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru