T.Y. Hilton: We have three No. 1 wideouts

AP

The question of how much Hakeem Nicks is going to help the Colts after a rough 2013 season and the reasons for that rough season have been the subjects of some debate, but he doesn’t need to convince teammate T.Y. Hilton of his bona fides.

Reggie Wayne doesn’t need to convince Hilton that he’s fully recovered from a torn ACL either and Hilton doesn’t need any convincing about his own ability after 132 catches and 12 touchdowns during his first two seasons.

“We have three No. 1 wideouts,” Hilton said, via the team’s website.

While Nicks and Wayne are coming off disappointing seasons, Hilton is on the way up. Way, way up, if Colts coach Chuck Pagano is to be believed.

“He never ceases to amaze us. The guy is just a spectacular athlete,” Pagano said. “The game has obviously slowed down tremendously for T.Y. He knows this thing inside and out now. There’s not one play call that we have [that he doesn’t know], and we have a pretty big play list. So, there’s not one play call that we have where he’s out there thinking.”

There will be opposing views of the three receivers, although it adds up to an imposing group of receivers any way you add things up as long as Nicks and Wayne bounce back from last year. And that should add up to an even better year for Andrew Luck and, possibly, a second straight division title for the Colts.