The return of Reggie Wayne, one the league’s all-time leading receivers, will mean great things for the Colts – specifically for the development of franchise QB Andrew Luck.
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton, who led the team in receiving yards in 2013, told reporters this week that with the return of 6-time Pro Bowl WR Reggie Wayne and the signing of former Giants WR Hakeem Nicks the Colts now have “three No. 1 receivers.”
Despite his high praise for his fellow receivers, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano believes that Hilton is the group’s biggest star.
“He never ceases to amaze us,” Pagano said on Monday. “The guy is just a spectacular athlete. The game has obviously slowed down tremendously for T.Y. (Hilton). He knows this thing inside and out now.”
Hilton, a 3rd year receiver for the Colts, recorded 82 catches for 1,083 yards in 2013. In the team’s two playoff games against the Chiefs and Patriots, Hilton totaled 327 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
Prior to 2013, Reggie Wayne had led the Colts in receiving yards every year since 2007. He became only the 9th player in NFL history to record 1,000 receptions in 2013 and is No. 11 all-time in receiving yards.
In 5 seasons with the New York Giants, Hakeem Nicks recorded 311 receptions for 4,622 yards and 27 TDs. In 2010 he caught 79 passes for 1,052 yards and a career high 11 TDs. However, in 2013, despite playing in 15 games and catching 56 passes, he failed to score a single TD. The Giants let Nicks go in the offseason and he signed with the Colts a few days later.