Hilton a different challenge for Titans' DBs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have gotten consistently good play out of the secondary, but Thursday night’s big challenge may be the most threatening Tennessee has seen in a while.

Big-play wide receivers have not been on the Titans’ schedule much since the Texans’ Andre Johnson in Week 2.

The loss of Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL on Oct. 20 was a blow for Indianapolis. But second-year man T.Y. Hilton is a speedster who moves all over the field and has 14 catches for 251 yards and three touchdowns in two games since Wayne’s been out of the lineup.

He'll be Andrew Luck's top weapon when the Colts visit LP Field Thursday night.

“Great skillset,” Luck said. “Dynamic, fast, can do a lot of things, great competitor, even better teammate, better person, great high-character guy, really fun to play with. He’s really embraced this opportunity to be the guy. It’s been fun being rookies together and now being in our second year maturing football wise. It’s truly fun and a pleasure to play with him.”

The Titans starting cornerbacks said keeping Hilton in front of them will be the top priority for the secondary.

“Last year it was probably just more him being a deep threat where now you see him working more intermediate routes, and working the short routes,” Alterraun Verner said. “Like he’s the guy, he’s the most dependable guy that they have on the squad right now...

“On film you see he’s running by people like it’s a track meet and nobody’s keeping up.”

Jason McCourty said Hilton will work from the slot and on both sides. McCourty, Verner and Coty Sensabaugh can all expect chances working against Hilton, who’s averaging 16.2 yards per attempt.

“The kid is good, he can be that guy, he has been,” McCourty said. "He’s explosive, he’s been able to go deep, but now with Reggie Wayne down he’s targets have been amped up.”