The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Pro Sports

January 6, 2014

Colts add former Super Bowl MVP Branch



"If you look just as far as bringing in a veteran guy that has played at a level that he has played at for such a long period of time, I don't see it how it can hurt you," the head coach said. "Again, we'll see how fast he picks up the terminology in the offense. We all know he's more than capable of making plays."

Indianapolis can use all the playmakers it can find against Belichick and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. New England is known for its ability to take away a team's primary offensive weapon and can be expected to key on T.Y. Hilton on Saturday.

The second-year wide receiver set franchise playoff records with 13 catches and 244 yards in last week's epic 45-44 victory against Kansas City. It was Hilton's sixth game with at least 100 receiving yards this year and came on the heels of an 11-catch, 155-yard performance against Jacksonville in the regular season finale.

Hilton had six catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in last year's 59-24 road loss to the Patriots. So there's no chance he'll sneak up on Belichick and Patricia.

"I don't know if that's going to be the case, but if I were them I'd do everything in my power to stop T.Y.," Colts tight end Coby Fleener said. "I think it's a credit to T.Y. and the guys around me. They make my job so much easier. When you have a guy like T.Y. out there who just put up ridiculous numbers in our last game to help us win, 200-plus yards, you have to pay attention to guys like that.

"Ultimately, they kind of forget about guys like me, and it works out well for me."

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