A total of 18 years of NFL experience was missing from the Colts wide receiver corps on Wednesday afternoon.
With Darrius Heyward-Bey and Reggie Wayne not participating in the Colts fifth OTA, the opportunity was there for first and second year receivers to make an impression with the first unit.
T.Y. Hilton highlighted the afternoon but it was a couple of other second year receivers who relished the chance to work extensively with Andrew Luck.
“Right now it’s valuable to get into a good relationship with Andrew,” LaVon Brazill said. “With DHB and Reggie not here, that will just build our confidence and build the trust with Andrew.”
Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards in his rookie campaign but now is in the process of learning a new offensive scheme in his first full set of OTAs after balancing school last offseason.
The offense is still a learning process for Brazill but he has shown flashes with some impressive catches over the past month.
At the other end of the locker room is fellow second year receiver Nathan Palmer.
Last season, Palmer joined the Colts off the 49ers practice squad in late September and played in five games as an undrafted free agent.
Palmer feels like he’s on even ground in 2013 as he enters his first offseason with an offense virtually all at the same learning curve.
“I get to start fresh with everybody, instead of just right into the fire into the middle of things,” Palmer said. “I get to learn the offense from the ground-up, on the same pace as everyone else.”
Before long DHB and Wayne will return and the young, speedy receivers will be blended in with the veterans to complete Luck’s targets.
But for Wednesday, it was a youth movement on the Colts practice field and that was just fine with Palmer.
“Anytime you get a chance to step up in the absence of guys that are starting, it’s a good time to get out there, get more reps than you normally don’t get and just try to take advantage of the opportunity that you have,” Palmer said.
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