INDIANAPOLIS — Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton threw a scare in to the Indianapolis Colts during Wednesday’s OTA practice when he dove for an overthrown pass and landed awkwardly.
Hilton, a third-year pro who caught 82 passes for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns last year, stayed on the ground for a few minutes before getting up and heading to the sidelines.
Hilton finished practice without any issues and said later that he was fine. In a recent interview, Hilton made it clear that he believes all workouts are important, even non-contact drills at an OTA.
“The competition is very high,” he said. “I think that all phases of the team, especially the receivers and defensive backs, I think we’re all competing at a high level.
“Right now, OTAs is all about the individual. Once you get to the season, when you get to 53 (on the regular-season roster), then it’s about the team. But right now, we’ve got to compete against one another and just help each other out.”
Patriots release Mattes
The New England Patriots released offensive lineman R.J. Mattes, the team announced Wednesday.
Mattes, 24, was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent on May 13, 2013, out of North Carolina State before being released on May 23 and re-signed on June 3.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was released again on Aug. 24 before being signed to the practice squad on Dec. 30.
Browns sign Towson’s West
The Cleveland Browns signed third-round running back Terrance West to a four-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.
The 5-foot-10, 225-pound West started 23 of 37 games at Towson before forgoing his senior year.
West rushed for 4,849 yards on 802 carries (6.1 avg.) with 84 touchdowns, while adding 36 receptions for 385 yards and two scores. His 84 rushing touchdowns tied the FCS career record set by Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern 1998-2001). West recorded 23 100-yard rushing games, including six 200-yard games.
The Browns have signed three of their six 2014 draft selections. The Browns still need to sign their first-round picks, cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel, as well as second-round offensive lineman Joel Bitonio.
Scheffler retires, cites concussions
Tony Scheffler suffered a concussion on his final play in the NFL, Oct. 6, 2013, against the Green Bay Packers.
The former Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos tight end retired from the NFL, he said Wednesday, because of three concussions in the past four seasons.
He was cleared to return to the team two weeks after he left the game Oct. 6, but was released before he played in another game.
Scheffler, in an interview with AP, said workouts with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason didn’t produce a contract offer.
Scheffler was a second-round pick in 2006 and played four seasons with the Broncos before joining the Lions. He had 258 receptions for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns in his eight-year career.
Dolphins waive Ogbuehi, sign Ford
Miami Dolphins tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, who spent the final month last season on the practice squad, was released to make room for undrafted rookie wide receiver Gerald Ford, the team announced Wednesday.
Ford was signed and released by the Cleveland Browns after the draft.
In 2012, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Ford was named the Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year and helped lead Valdosta State to the Division II national championship. He had 52 catches for 836 yards and 12 touchdowns that season.
Ford was academically ineligible in both the 2011 and 2013 seasons.