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Brazill and Hilton want the ball in their hands

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 31, 2012 – 5:52 pm

Rookie wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill get right to the point when describing what they bring to the Colts offense.

Put the ball in their hands and they will make plays.

“What I bring is big plays and quickness,” Brazill said. “I make plays and that’s what I’m here for. I love to make plays and want to go out there and have the ball in my hands.”

Brazill’s fellow rookie wide receiver echoed virtually the same sentiments about what is in his repertoire.

“My playmaking ability,” Hilton said when talking about his best attribute on the field. “I love making plays. I love changing games.”

Colts fans are starting to get a glimpse of the wide receivers the Colts drafted this April and how they will fit into offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ offense.

Hilton caught 69 touchdown passes while at Florida International, scored seven times on the ground, took four kickoffs back for touchdowns and had a pair of punt returns go for scores.

During OTAs, Hilton was slowed by an injury but now he feels as though he is fully healthy as training camp is getting under way.

“I was excited to be back,” Hilton said. “I took it one step at a time, one day at a time, rehabbed real well and now I’m back at full speed.”

Drafted in the fifth round by the Colts, Brazill is the all-time leading receiver in receptions and receiving yards at Ohio University.

Due to Ohio being on the quarter system academically, Brazill was in a similar situation to rookies Andrew Luck and Griff Whalen with having to miss some OTAs to finish up school.

However, that did not stop Brazill from making the trip out west to work with his future signal caller.

“We were actually out in California. Stanford,” Brazill said. “I went out there and worked with him one day and he threw me a go route and ‘oh man it felt great.’ I was catching one from the best, one of the best.”

With both Brazill and Hilton missing different parts of OTAs, they have leaned on the experience of wide receiver to Reggie Wayne to get acclimated to life in the NFL.

“You know coming into it you’re scared to talk to him because you know that’s Reggie Wayne,” Hilton said. “But if you go up and ask him a question he’ll talk to you, tell you the ins and outs of football, how to do the things he’s done and just grow from him.”

Early on in practice Hilton has been one of a few players fielding punts and will do anything to get his hands on the football come September.

“I’m just ready to get in that dome and see that Colts atmosphere, the fans,” Hilton said. “I love the fans and when they come out here I get to watch them and talk to them and sign autographs and it just makes their day.”

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