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ADDITION OF COLLIE, HILTON WOULD HELP OFFENSE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 13, 2012 – 8:00 am

No matter who joins quarterback Andrew Luck on the field this Sunday, the signal caller wants the offense to get off to a better start.

In helping to do that, Luck is expected to have a pair of receivers back in the fold against the Vikings.

Head coach Chuck Pagano announced on Wednesday that wide receivers Austin Collie (concussion) and T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) both have been cleared to play after missing last week’s season opener.

Collie has been out since the second week of the preseason with a concussion but was full-go at practice on Wednesday.

If Collie does return to the lineup, Luck will be getting a very reliable target that caught three passes for 45 yards including a 23-yard touchdown in the preseason opener.

Luck and Collie frequently found each other during training camp and the receiver provides a veteran presence in a relatively young receiving corps.

Entering his fourth NFL season, Collie has caught at least 50 passes and had over 500 yards receiving each season in the league.

While Collie’s presence on the field will be felt in the passing game, Hilton’s return could be felt in several different areas.

Hilton is listed as a possible option for punt and kick returns and caught nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in three preseason games.

He was used all over the field during his career at Florida International University scoring multiple touchdowns via the catch, the ground, kick returns and punt returns.

The potential of adding those two pieces to an offense that was second in the AFC in passing in Week 1 would be a huge asset.

Both Luck and head coach Chuck Pagano pointed to the importance of a fast start in helping keep the home crowd into the game while allowing for a more balanced offense.

”Looking to last week, I think a quick start would have been converting a couple of those third downs early and putting a drive together whether that means scoring a touchdown, getting a field goal. Putting a drive together offensively (early) is something we’ve got to do,” Luck said.


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