Reggie Wayne sees something in his wide receiver group that he has never seen in his 12-year career with the Colts.
Speed, speed and more speed.
It all started back in late Match when the Colts signed free agent Donnie Avery who recorded a 4.27, 40-yard dash at his 2008 pro day.
The influx of speed continued a month later when the Colts drafted wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill in the third and sixth rounds respectively.
For the rookies, the speed element in their games is already there but they know who to talk to in trying to become a complete receiver.
“We look to him a lot. That’s Reggie Wayne, a 12-year (veteran),” Hilton said. “There isn’t too much a defense can throw at us that he hasn’t seen, so watching film with him, breaking it down, out on the field, just asking him any questions you want and he’ll pretty much answer them.”
Hilton missed most of OTAs with an injury and felt like he was a bit behind coming into his first NFL training camp.
“The first two days (were a bit overwhelming) but now I’m pretty much comfortable. Coach gives me plays right now. I’m running with the ones, twos and I’m feeling good so I kind of settled down and just got back to being me,” Hilton said.
Now that Hilton is ‘back to being him’ fans are starting to get a taste of his electric skill set that led him to score 24 touchdowns receiving, seven rushing, four on kickoff returns and two on punt returns during his four-year career at Florida International.
That speed has been evident during the first week of training camp but in order to become more like Wayne, the work needs to continue to be done off the field as well.
“Guys take good notes, heavy notes,” Wayne said of the rookies. “I’m a big note-taker so whenever I see them taking notes, I know they want to get better. They want to go out there and make plays. We have a lot of guys who can run, a lot of guys who are hungry.”
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