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In 3rd season, Indianapolis receiver Hilton continues to grow into key offensive role

  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Indianapolis Colts' T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Hilton isn't taking a backseat to anyone these days. He followed up a 200-yard game in Houston with a 100-yard game against the Bengals. With Reggie Wayne's status uncertain for Sunday's, Oct. 26, 2014, game at Pittsburgh, Hilton could have another big day this week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Indianapolis Colts' T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Hilton isn't taking a backseat to anyone these days. He followed up a 200-yard game in Houston with a 100-yard game against the Bengals. With Reggie Wayne's status uncertain for Sunday's, Oct. 26, 2014, game at Pittsburgh, Hilton could have another big day this week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) celebrates a touchdown reception with wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) celebrates a touchdown reception with wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton runs out of the tackle of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton runs out of the tackle of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)  (The Associated Press)

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is still going full speed ahead.

After proving himself as a rookie in 2012 and posting his first 1,000-yard season in 2013, Hilton has become a key player for Indianapolis.

He and Andrew Luck are now able to communicate with a certain look and a simple nod, and the results have been impressive.

Hilton caught nine passes for 223 yards in the Oct. 9 victory over Houston and had seven more catches for 107 yards last week in a 27-0 victory over Cincinnati.

If Hilton does it again Sunday at Pittsburgh (4-3), it would be the first time the young player tallies three straight 100-yard games.

The Colts (5-2) aren't surprised with his success.

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