(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.)By MICHAEL MAROTAP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - As the NFL game slows down for him, T.Y. Hilton is playing faster. As opponents pay more attention to Reggie Wayne, he is emerging as a key contributor. And as the smallest player on the Colts' roster, Hilton is making a huge impact.
The 5-foot-9, 183-pound rookie couldn't dream of a better way to start a career.
He was able to get a crash course in film study and practice habits from Pro Bowler Wayne. And with veterans such as Wayne and Donnie Avery already on board, Hilton didn't have to emerge as a go-to receiver immediately.
Instead, the fourth player selected in Indy's rookie class was able to blend in behind the first three picks - quarterback Andrew Luck and tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen - and learn things on his own timetable.
Now the Colts (7-4) are reaping the rewards.