The Colts will wrap up their final day of preparation for the Miami Dolphins this afternoon. Today’s news looks at defending the Dolphins wide receivers, and how to involve T.Y. Hilton into the Colts offense.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, September 13th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
After a week in which the Colts secondary was not really tested, the Dolphins have a pair of receivers that can certainly change that on Sunday with Ryan Tannehill giving them the ball.
Tannehill has the benefit of throwing to two accomplished receivers, free-agent prize Mike Wallace and his sidekick, Brian Hartline. Though considered the No. 2 receiver, Hartline got off a hot start against the Browns last week, catching nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Wallace caught just one pass for 15 yards and sulked. But that only means the Dolphins are likely to double down and try even harder to make register some of the quick-strike plays Wallace became known for with the Steelers.
What this means is that Colts cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are going to have their work cut out for them.
“Everybody knows Mike can run,” said Davis, who will be facing his former team for the second time in two seasons. “He’s a fast guy, got a lot of ability and I’m pretty sure they’re looking forward to using Mike to make different mismatches. We got a challenge ahead of us with Mike Wallace and also Brian Hartline. They’ve got real good receivers.”
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
Kravitz’s Friday column looks at T.Y. Hilton’s snaps from Week One and how he sees the Colts offense evolving over time.
Listen to Jim Sorgi, the Colts’ former backup quarterback and current radio analyst, whose honesty is refreshing.
“Why are we taking some of our playmakers off the field?” Sorgi said in an interview on WFNI-1070 AM this week. “I know we want to run the ball with the power running game with two, three tight ends, and that’s fine. But you can also run the ball with two, three wide receivers in there. It’s easier to identify where they’re coming from and that’s where we got in trouble (Sunday against the Oakland Raiders).
“We did a good job on the two opening series, but the next four, we get in those two, three tight end sets and they start packing the box and you don’t know where they’re coming from, who’s coming, who to identify. Plus you’re taking the game out of Andrew’s hands as far as being able to check in and out of run plays to pass plays when you have numbers. I just don’t like T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the bench. I don’t.’’
Ditto on that.
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
Ever since taking the Colts offensive coordinator job early in the year Pep Hamilton has been stressing the importance of getting the ball into the hands of playmakers.
“You only have one football, so it’s hard to spread the wealth,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “It’s even harder when you only run 53, 54 snaps.”
Hamilton said in his weekly meeting with the media Thursday that it’s a bit “premature” to read too much into the play calls against the Raiders because they had only seven offensive series, which tied for the fewest in the league.
“I thought we had a pretty good mix, a pretty good balance as far as running and the passing,” he said. “The ratio was pretty close to being even. I just feel like we have the athletes on the offensive side of the ball that afford us the ability to be mobile, the ability to be multiple in personnel groupings and find a lot of different ways to feature our playmakers.”
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