Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton says the chemistry between him and quarterback Philip Rivers is developing well as he hopes the two will be a good offense this season. Rivers, who was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2004 NFL draft, changed teams for the first time in his career this offseason when he signed with the Colts.
Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback, had a down year last season and he is determined to bounce back this season and prove the doubters wrong. Hilton, who was selected in the third round of the 2012 draft, has spent the entire career with the Colts and been a key part of the team's offense for the last eight years.
"I mean, we had a couple throwing sessions where we kind of felt out one another," Hilton said of getting used to Rivers, per the team's website. "Right now we're just working hand-in-hand; he likes throwing in the soft spots and I like finding the soft spots, so in reality we're kind of like a perfect match.
So as long as he continues to do that — find the soft spots in the defense and at least be able to get it to me and get it in my hands and let it work — the sky's the limit for us."
Hilton mentoring young Colts receivers
Hilton has made himself available to passing his knowledge to young Colts receivers -- Michael Pittman Jr., Dezmon Patmon, Parris Campbell and Daurice Fountain.
When Hilton arrived to the league, he was mentored by Colts legend Reggie Wayne. Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, led the league in receiving yards in 2016. "I'm always teaching them when we're in meeting rooms, we get a little break, I'm always talking to them on certain things they should work on, certain routes they should take their time on — just being patient," Hilton said.
"'Cause I know right now the game's pretty fast for them; coming up from college to the NFL it's fast, so my thing is just breaking it down for them and having them understand so when they go out there they're able to play freely.
"I'm just paying it forward," Hilton said. "Marv did it for Reg, Reg did it for me, so now it's time for me to pay it forward to the young guys."