On a day when 13 different players caught a pass from Colts quarterbacks, one couldn’t help but be impressed with the young skill players at the receiver position.
Rookie receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill tied for the team lead with three catches apiece on the afternoon.
“It felt great to come out there and compete not only with your teammates, but against other players,” Brazill said. “I felt comfortable, it was fun out there.”Brazill made three pretty impressive catches all for first downs against the Rams and was the Colts kick returner.
The ability to get the ball in the hands of Brazill and Hilton has been emphasized all through training camp.
Along with his own three catches, including a spectacular sideline grab for a first down, Hilton also returned punts and even had one carry for nine yards.
“(Brazill and Hilton) are going to be really good. You saw it today. LaVon’s got some unbelievable speed. T.Y.’s got some shiftiness,” quarterback Chandler Harnish said. “They love to learn and work. They’re just good people that are fun to be around. I expect those guys to have some great, great careers.”
Harnish has seen the talent of his fellow rookies since they were drafted back in April.
In working through minicamps and now into training camp, Harnish has developed a solid rapport with many of the Colts young receivers and that showed on Sunday.
Early in the fourth quarter, Harnish threw a beautiful 33-yard touchdown pass right into the arms of wide receiver Jeremy Ross to make the score 35-3.
Ross spent a majority of his rookie season in the NFL on the Colts practice squad and knows the difficulty of a crowded and talented position.
“We’ve got a lot of good guys and the competition is at a high level,” Ross said. “I definitely like the fact that there is a lot of competition because it’s going to allow us to raise our games.”
The receiving corps showed its potential throughout all four quarters on Sunday and is expected to be a competitive battle for the rest of camp.
It’s plays like the one Ross made in the fourth quarter that will keep him noticed and he knows in order to keep fighting for a spot on the opening day roster, he must continue to do the little things.
“The biggest thing for me is just contribute and go hard,” Ross said. “Be on every single special teams, be a guy who’s smart, a guy that knows what he has to do, is lined up correctly and executes the game plan every week and making sure I’m going hard every play.”
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