ANDERSON, Ind. -- Four years ago, T.Y. Hilton walked into his NFL first training camp as something of an unknown.Now 26, Hilton returns in a new role -- as the most accomplished receiver on the Indianapolis Colts roster. Hes also the oldest member of his position group and its unquestioned leader.Naturally guys grow into that role and he embraced that role as far as a leader, mentoring the young guys, coach Chuck Pagano said. But really it was by his actions and being here and being present, working his tail off and playing at a really high speed and high level.Hilton had no choice but to grow up fast.He leaned on perennial Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne for three seasons, only to watch him go after the 2014 season. Andre Johnson filled that role last season. Though Hilton clearly outplayed Johnson, inside the locker room the 34-year-old veteran still provided perspective and advice to his younger teammates.When Johnson was cut in March, Hilton inherited his new job as the sage of the receivers meeting room.Its different, Hilton said. But Reggie helped prepare me for it, so I relish the moment.Coaches and teammates have already detected a difference.During the offseason workouts and three-day minicamp, they raved about Hiltons progression. Pagano believes its the best offseason Hiltons had as a pro.Me and T.Y. had that talk about being the veteran guys in the room and what we have to do and how we have to set the tone every day and keep the younger guys going, third-year receiver Donte Moncrief said. Thats the big thing for us, is just keeping the young guys going and keeping their head on right.For Hilton, its a crucial season.After a solid rookie year, Hilton took off. He caught 82 passes in 2013 and 2014 and topped the 1,000-yard mark both seasons. But perhaps no Indy player -- other than Andrew Luck -- faced a more rugged time in 2015 than Hilton.With Wayne gone, Johnson struggling and the Colts unable to run the ball consistently, Hilton became the focal point of everyones defensive game plans even before Luck got hurt. Luck missed nine games with injuries, handing the reins to 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who emphasized the short passing game behind the Colts leaky offensive line.The result: Hilton had to adapt to a new game and a new philosophy that didnt emphasize his deep speed. For the first time his numbers regressed. Hilton finished with 69 catches, 1,124 yards and five touchdowns -- still good enough to make his second straight Pro Bowl.Now that Luck is back at full health, Hilton intends to use his knowledge and skills to become a steadier force in the Colts offense.Hes made a bunch of plays, we all know that, Pagano said. But now its taking the next step.The best news is that Hilton may be working with a better supporting cast.Moncrief made 10 starts and caught 64 passes last year, emerging as a solid No. 2 receiver. Speedy Phillip Dorsett, Indys first-round pick in 2015, is expected to make a bigger impact after playing a minor role early last season and suffering a fractured lower left leg. This year, hes ready to go.The Colts are still looking for help beyond those three.At least they know one thing is certain -- Hilton is the willing and able leader of the pack.Im just approaching it like Im a rookie, just making sure Im writing everything down so when the young guys ask me what theyve got, I know I can help them, Hilton said. I just want to continue getting better and help my guys out in the room.Game notes Its unclear how much -- or if -- Luck will play against Green Bay. Pagano said joking that he might wake up Sunday and make a decision then. ... 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A little hiccup in it, said Nelson, who was forced to watch his teammates run through drills.Our end goal is the same, Nelson said. Well be ready for the regular season.Coach Mike McCarthy said he had no long-term concerns about Nelson, either. The Packers had talked about proceeding cautiously with Nelson, anyway.But Nelson, who doesnt like to talk about injuries, realizes that even the hint of a new potential problem might send panic through the Packers passionate fan base. He sought to ease those concerns.Im not worried about it. If it was something more serious, Id kind of be a little nervous, Nelson said. Later, he added, Again, not the ACL. No one needs to freak out.Nelson was the Packers top deep threat when he got hurt in a preseason game 11 months ago. He also displayed an uncanny ability to make tough sideline catches, as if tiptoeing on a high wire. Nelson, paired with Randall Cobb, gave two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers one of the top receiving tandems in the league.But the offense took a step back last season, in part because of Nelsons absence. Without a consistent deep threat, defenses played press coverage on receivers.This preseason, the Packers have an extra week to prepare because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7. Nelson, who is entering his ninth NFL season, is renowned for his work ethic. Hes built chemistry with Rodgers over the years.Rodgers doesnt think it will take thhat long to rebuild that connection on the field.dddddddddddd.Probably a couple days. Hes a special guy. Were going to need a little bit of time, not necessarily game reps but just some reps in practice, Rodgers said.Like for Nelson to get the feel again of going against press coverage and making the right cut to get open. At his best, Nelson doesnt need a lot of space to make a catch.Im confident that hell get to a point where hell be ready to play when we need him, Rodgers said.Nelson isnt quite as sure about the process of rebuilding timing. Coming back from such a serious injury is new to him. Hes trying to stay away from specifying a timetable, other than the regular season opener on Sept. 11 against Jacksonville.At the same time, hes confident in his preparation. Hes in every meeting.But mentally I think Ill be sharp, Nelson said. Its my ninth year with (Rodgers) so itll just be getting used to seeing the ball again and well be able to do that toward the end of camp.NOTE: LB Clay Matthews said he had not yet been interviewed by NFL officials looking into a media report from January that linked him to performance-enhancing drugs. Earlier this week, the NFL said it found no credible evidence that now-retired Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was provided with human growth hormone or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last year. Matthews has steadfastly denied the allegation. But the truth will come out and everything I said when the allegations came out I still stand by, so I just try to kind of put that in the rearview mirror and focus on the season, Matthews said. LB Julius Peppers, who was also named in the report, also stood by an earlier denial. Im just trying to focus on camp and getting ready to play games ... not nonsense, Peppers said.--Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jersyes Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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