INDIANAPOLIS — T.Y. Hilton isn’t one to talk much in interviews, but the understated Indianapolis Colts wide receiver likes how first-year head coach Frank Reich is using him in the new offense.
Although the four-time Pro Bowl star is established as one of the NFL’s best deep threats, he’s been using his speed differently in lining up all over the field. Reich's playcalling includes an array of short-range plays to help quarterback Andrew Luck get rid of the football quicker and move the chains.
The Colts (1-1) visit Philadelphia (1-1) on Sunday with the league’s best percentage of third-down efficiency at 60.6. And Hilton has caught a touchdown pass in each game on a 5-yard pass and a 3-yarder.
“Everybody knows I can take the top off,” Hilton said of stretching the field. “It’s me constantly working underneath, making plays, keeping the chains moving, keeping the offense on the field. It’s working.”
The seventh-year pro has 12 receptions for 129 yards for a 10.8-yard average that is far less than his 15.7-yard average. But he doesn’t mind the different positions.
“I like ‘em all,” he said. “Whenever I get the chance to get the ball in my hands, I’m always trying to make a play.”
Luck appreciates utilizing his go-to guy in more ways than just throwing to him deep.
“T.Y. is a smart football player,” Luck said. “He knows every position that he could potentially play. He knows football. He knows why certain guys are in certain places, so I think that more than anything allows him to excel, especially when he is being asked to move around to different spots on the field.”
Hilton is known for celebrating touchdowns with his “T.Y.” hand gestures signifying the letters in his name, his way of saying, “Thank You.” But after scoring in Sunday’s 21-9 win at Washington, he first did a little dance.
“Blame Fortnite,” he said of adding moves from a video game.