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June 5, 2013

Colts Notebook: Young WRs making strides

INDIANAPOLIS — Late in Wednesday afternoon's practice, Andrew Luck threw a red-zone pass just over the outstretched hands of a linebacker and into the arms of second-year wide receiver LaVon Brazill.

There was a moment's pause before the official raised his arms to signal Brazill got both feet inbounds for a touchdown. Then his offensive teammates rushed into the back corner of the end zone to celebrate with him.

Brazill added a diving catch at the back of the end zone later in the session, completing a solid afternoon of work.

It's a welcome sight for the Indianapolis Colts, who need to see progress from a young receiving corps as they attempt to build on an 11-5 playoff season.

T.Y. Hilton, who got a day of rest Wednesday and watched practice from the sideline, made a big impact as a rookie with 50 catches for 861 yards and seven scores. He, veteran Reggie Wayne and free agent addition Darrius Heyward-Bey figure to be the team's receiving leaders this fall.

But Indianapolis also will need production from at least one — and likely two — players out of a group including Brazill, Griff Whalen, Nathan Palmer and Jabin Sambrano, among others.

"They are going to be a big, big part of this offense," Luck said of the young receivers. "They were a big part last year. They caught a lot of balls, a lot of big balls. For us to be productive, we are going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute."

Palmer reportedly has enjoyed a solid offseason with one organized team activity remaining today before next week's mandatory mini-camp. And Sambrano and undrafted free agent Lanear Sampson each made attention-grabbing touchdown catches Wednesday.

The competition is sure to continue through training camp this summer at Anderson University, and Luck said the team is getting better every day.

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