Despite Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement, T.Y. Hilton has high hopes for the Colts in 2019.
The team enforced their belief in Jacoby Brissett by signing the backup to a contract extension, and the veteran receiver echoed that faith as he assured the loss of Indy’s franchise quarterback did not shake his confidence in the squad as a whole.
“This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of,” Hilton told reporters Wednesday, via The Athletic.
Asked if Luck’s decision to call it a career early affected that logic, Hilton added: “We take nothing away from him. But this team is good.”
Hilton, a third-round selection of the Colts in 2012 after Luck was taken first overall, has been a major contribution to that success over his first seven seasons in Indianapolis, but it’s worth noting that much of it came with help from his quarterback.
In 2017, Hilton posted his fewest receptions (57) and receiving yards (966) since his rookie campaign as Luck missed 15 games with a nagging shoulder injury. But they both bounced back in 2018, with Hilton logging 76 catches for 1,270 yards and six touchdowns as Luck earned Comeback Player of the Year honors after throwing for 4,593 yards.
On the other hand, the Colts have a number of offensive weapons in Quenton Nelson, Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell to help Brissett’s transition go smoothly.
“I’ve been on good teams, I’ve been on not so good teams,” Hilton added. “But this team, especially, we have pretty much everything you need to have on the field.”
The Colts kick off Week 1 action visiting the Chargers at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday.