Indianapolis Colts WR TY Hilton is a perfect match with his new QB Philip Rivers.
Colts No. 1 wideout TY Hilton prioritizes financial security, sure, but joy also seems to be paramount for the man.
And in desperate need of a comeback season in a contract year, Hilton appears to be in the perfect location in Indianapolis, with a new man in charge of getting him the ball.
Even before camp opened, Hilton spent plenty of screen time waxing rhapsodic about Philip Rivers’ influence on the locker room in this bizarre season unlike any other. He told anyone who’d listen about Rivers’ attitude, vibe, and cornhole prowess.
Now that Hilton has shaken off a self-inflicted offseason injury and gotten on the field with his new gunslinger, the praise has only flowed more freely.
Hilton’s effusive praise on Tuesday proves he’s got the mindset to back up his production so far. As he told gathered Colts reporters, after yet another day of getting in rhythm:
"“We had a couple throwing sessions where we felt out one another. Right now, we’re just working hand in hand. He likes throwing to soft spots and I like finding the soft spots. In reality, we’re kind of like a perfect match. As long as he continues to do that, find the soft spots in the defense and he’s able to get it to me, get it into my hands and let me work, the sky is the limit for us.”"
In case you were worried that Hilton’s hobbled slow start might put a damper on his early chemistry with the Rivers, he’s been out here vocalizing nearly every day that that isn’t the case.
And, oh yeah, the plays on the field speak for themselves, too.
“TY of old,” huh? We like the sound of that.
Hilton wants the ball, and Rivers wants to get it to him — Keenan Allen has played a similar role for the Chargers, and has gobbled up over a quarter of the team’s targets the past few years. If Rivers isn’t using the scat back at a moment in time, he’s probably hucking it downfield.
This is one of those situations where you’d prefer to just zap to Week 1 if you’re either of these guys. Just like Hilton’s hamstrings, we’re getting closer to ready every day.