T.Y. Hilton shines on the first day of training camp


ANDERSON, Ind. -- All eyes were on the offense on the first day of training camp for the Indianapolis Colts.

And, just like most of last season, the offense didn't disappoint.

Receiver T.Y. Hilton, who could have a new contract with the Colts by Labor Day, highlighted an impressive performance by the offense when he blew by starting cornerback Greg Toler and easily ran underneath a pass thrown by quarterback Andrew Luck to the excitement of the crowd at Anderson University on Sunday.

Rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett also made a good impression, catching passes in traffic, and veteran Andre Johnson had consistent hands throughout the session.

The Colts finished third in the NFL in total offense last season and have the personnel to be even better this season. Life is good for Luck.

Other highlights from the first day of training camp:

  • Jack Mewhort worked with the first unit at right tackle as expected. Mewhort is making the transition from left guard to right tackle. Lance Louis, much like during the Colts' offseason workouts, took most of the snaps with the starters at left guard over Hugh Thornton. Thornton has started at guard the past two seasons in place of the injured Donald Thomas, but his lack of consistency continues to slow down his progress. "Our goal is to obviously find those five starters as soon as possible so that we can have that continuity and the communication is there," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

  • A highlight for the defense came when safety Mike Adams intercepted backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on a pass intended for tight end Coby Fleener. Adams was on his way into the end zone when he turned and pitched it back to cornerback Vontae Davis, who took the ball in the rest of the way to the end zone. Third-string quarterback Bryan Bennett threw an interception on the next play, which caused the offensive players to get down on the ground and do pushups.

  • Running back Frank Gore drew one of the loudest ovations when he reached back and snagged a pass thrown behind him from Luck with one hand.

  • The Colts announced that there were 6,379 in attendance.

  • Every player passed their conditioning test Saturday for the first time since Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson came on board in 2012.