The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

January 8, 2014

Hamilton vs. Belichick will be one of Saturday's key matchups

(Continued)

"I think you know they're going to be well-prepared and well-versed in all the different disguises and the different things that they feel like they can do to try and create uncertainty for our offense presnap," Hamilton said. "It'll be a tremendous challenge. I coached in the same division for three years with Coach Belichick, and it was always truly a chess match."

The difference this time around is that Hamilton will be the man responsible for moving the pieces around the board — the most interesting of which could be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

The second-year star has lined up at all four receiver positions for the Colts — moving from the outside to the slot and back again — and Hamilton is certain to keep him in motion against the Patriots. Coming off a franchise playoff-record performance that included 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns, he'll certainly be a focus of New England's defensive game plan.

But Belichick said there's danger in allowing Hilton to dominate too much of your thoughts.

"(Quarterback Andrew) Luck has done a good job of using all his receivers, using his backs and obviously tight end in the passing game," Belichick said. "He's done a good job of going to where the open guy is. I'm sure if he had his druthers, he'd get it to Hilton. But it's not always Hilton. Sometimes he's covered or they use him to attract, draw coverage somewhere else, and that opens up opportunities for others guys in the passing game and running game."

And so the chess match begins.

Does Belichick double Hilton or assign top-coverage cornerback Aqib Talib to shadow the speedster? How will Hamilton react and adjust to maximize the receiver's impact?

Text Only
Sports
  • Riverfield splits pair in regional It was a tale of two completely different ball games for the Riverfield softball all-stars Friday at the regional in South Bend. Riverfield lost game one to Illinois 13-2 but bounced back to beat Iowa 14-1 in the afternoon to stay alive in the national tournament.

    July 25, 2014

  • SPT - HB0726 - Mathis - Colts Camp day two 101 Mathis getting lighter workload as Colts get creative

    Robert Mathis is caught in an interesting predicament. The veteran outside linebacker finds himself preparing as hard as he can to play a football season that he will watch for the first month on television. That's the result of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, and it means fans will see less of the league's reigning sack champion on the practice field.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0726-Ballard2-ColtsCampdaytwo267.jpg Ballard carted off practice field

    The first scary moment of Indianapolis Colts training camp came Friday afternoon courtesy of running back Vick Ballard. The former Mississippi State star went to the ground early in the public practice after catching an undefended pass in individual drills.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0726 - Thornton - Colts Camp day two 200 Healthy Thornton 'having a blast' at Colts Camp

    Hugh Thornton is making up for lost time. After missing the majority of training camp with an injured ankle as a rookie last summer, the offensive lineman reported a day early to Anderson University this week.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0725 - Colts Camp - 007 CB Darius Butler holds tight to No. 20 The number 20 has grown to mean something to Darius Butler. The former second-round pick was running out of chances when the Indianapolis Colts signed him during the 2012 season. Eleven starts and eight interceptions later, he’s ingrained as the team’s slot cornerback — working under the final season of a two-year, $4 million deal.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_3703.JPG Colts Quick Hits: Friday, July 25

    Notes, news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0725-ColtsCamp-080.jpg Comfortable Richardson looking for production

    On Sept. 18, the Indianapolis Colts secured the services of running back Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns. He spent the remainder of the season trying to catch up.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0725-ColtsCamp-128.jpg Luck plans to use preseason time wisely

    Managing the situations that crop up during a football game is at the top of Andrew Luck's to-do list. But his more immediate concern is maximizing every snap of training camp at Anderson University.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • irsay.jpg Colts Camp Blog: Irsay's expectations and other musings

    News and notes of interest from Colts Training Camp in Anderson.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Chris Hacker image Hacker helping kids go to camp Born with an injury that affects the nerves controlling the muscles in his left arm hasn’t slowed Chris Hacker when he climbs behind a race car.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News