Last time the Buffalo Bills made their way into Lucas Oil Stadium, T.Y. Hilton showcased the skills that have new Colts special teams coach Tom McMahon anxious to see his punt return unit in 2013.
Back on Nov. 25, 2012, Hilton fielded a Bills punt at the Colts own 25-yard line. The rookie side stepped two would-be tacklers and allowed his breakaways speed to do the rest in a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.
“T.Y. has the ability to create his own return and those are the guys that are special,” McMahon said. “Anybody can run one if it’s all blocked perfect. But he has the ability to create his own return and that’s the biggest thing that excites me about him.”
While the punt returner is virtually set in stone, McMahon said the Colts are still searching for a permanent kick returner.
“We are trying to find a guy there right now,” McMahon said. “We drafted (Kerwynn Williams) with that mind that he needs to produce as a kick returner but there’s some other guys that are going to come in here and compete with him. Cassius (Vaughn) we expect to a nice job back there, (Jabin) Sambrano, (LaVon) Brazill when he gets back.”
No matter who is back there to field kickoffs come Sept. 8, McMahon has specific goals he is looking for out of his return units.
Special teams is filled with hidden yardage and McMahon knows the importance of giving the Colts offense an even shorter field to march.
“We need drive starts on kickoff returns, period,” McMahon said. “If we average 15 yards a return but every single one of them is at the 30-yard line, that’s pretty darn good.
“From our punt pressure unit, we need to give the offense their first first down. We need 10 yards minimum per return, getting that first, first down.”
Tags: Cassius Vaughn, Jabin Sambrano, kerwynn williams, LaVon Brazill, T.Y. Hilton, Tom McMahon
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The Colts welcomed over 7,000 fans into Macholtz Stadium on Tuesday night. That is the big news of Wednesday morning, along with a few doubters for Robert Mathis and the fan favorite that is Dwayne Allen.
Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, August 7th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Robert Mathis is used to receiving questions on being underrated.
The response he usually gives to those questions is that he is “continuing to chop wood”.
Now without Dwight Freeney opposite Mathis, the naysayers have risen again on whether or not No. 98 can keep up his recent sack numbers.
“I’ve been hearing that since ’04 or ’05, maybe the first year I led the team in sacks. It’s been nonstop.
“It wears on you a little bit, but ultimately it’s on me to quiet the critics. I’ve been doing that a long time. People look at your background, where you come from. They make that snap judgment and it sticks.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
In front of a 7,300 person crowd, the Colts offense put on a great show for fans on Tuesday evening.
Andrew Luck was 26-of-35 and threw six touchdown with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton splitting the scoring grabs.
Defensively, the highlight came when cornerback Cassius Vaughn intercepted Matt Hasselbeck to end the practice.
“First of all, many thanks to all the fans,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “They’ve been coming out routinely, and the crowd tonight was unbelievable. … It was a pleasure playing and coaching in front of all these people.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
He’s barely a year into his NFL career but Dwayne Allen is quickly becoming a fan favorite on and off the field for the Colts.
Constantly in the community and producing on the field has Allen among the players autograph seekers scream to following the end of each practice.
Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton can see why that’s the case.
“Dwayne is a horseshoe guy,” Hamilton said. “He’s physical at the point of attack, but at the same time, he has the potential to be an explosive playmaker. He is a leader on our offense. He has a no-nonsense mentality on the football field. We’re excited about Dwayne and what he can offer our offense this season.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, Cassius Vaughn, chuck pagano, dwayne allen, Pep Hamilton, Reggie Wayne, robert mathis, T.Y. Hilton
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