T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
|WR - #17||53.83||IND||Active||3 years||24||5'9||183|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-14-2014 by Larry Goldstein
T.Y. Hilton is not receiving nearly as much love as he should. Hilton evolved into a complete receiver in his second year. It helps that he has been able to work with Andrew Luck since Day 1, but Hilton displayed incredible maturity taking on the lead receiving role after Reggie Wayne went down with a season-ending injury last year. Even prior to that injury, Hilton wasn't too far behind Wayne in targets, meaning the natural transition to Hilton becoming the No. 1 sooner than later was already in motion. Hilton and Luck worked to improve their chemistry, most notably seen in big games during epic comebacks. Hilton recorded 612 yards receiving on 41 catches (58 targets) over his last five games (including an incredible 18-224-2 performance in the AFC Wild Card win over the Chiefs.) The knock on Hilton is that he has to share the ball with Wayne, Hakeem Nicks and Dwayne Allen. Hilton is currently the 23rd receiver coming off the board. Look for the chemistry between Luck and Hilton to continually improve and for last year's target to reception ratio of 138:82 (60-percent catch rate) to rise. The Colts will march the ball up and down the field at will this year, meaning there will be plenty of stats to go around to all, with Hilton being the greatest beneficiary.
Editor's note: In five games last year, Hilton accounted for 670 yards. In two of those five games, he scored five TDs. In his other 11 games? He went for 413 yards and zero touchdowns. That is an average of about 38 yards per game. Many receivers struggle with huge swings in production, consistency and workload; however, Hilton is one of the more extreme cases in the NFL. Bench him the wrong week and you might miss 25-percent of his fantasy points for the season. This is something to keep in mind considering Luck's ability to spread the ball around to multiple playmakers.
Perhaps "old" is the wrong word to use, because Reggie Wayne's 35-year-old body must think it's still 25.
Wayne, entering his 15th season, is about nine months removed from tearing his ACL. Yet, he said Thursday that he feels no pain and hasn't experienced any setbacks. He's been running routes and "effortlessly snatching passes out of the air" in training camp, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. After watching Wayne's first full-squad practice last week, head coach Chuck Pagano called his performance "really incredible.
"But again, it probably doesn't shock anybody here. It certainly doesn't shock me. We all know his mindset, his work ethic and his determination, and how bad he wanted to get back."
Wayne is only a WR4 following the acquisition of Hakeem Nicks, and you would expect T.Y. Hilton to improve in his third season. However, Wayne was on pace for 1,000 yards prior to his injury, and he still might be able to reach or at least come close to that mark if the Colts do the smart thing and decide to put the offense on Andrew Luck's shoulders more often. So, yeah, Wayne is only a WR4. But even at the age of 35 and coming off of a major knee injury, he's a quite good WR4.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/31 - Colts WR Reggie Wayne feels like his old self
7/31 - Colts QB Andrew Luck 'will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball'
7/31 - Colts WR T.Y. Hilton out again with finger injury
7/30 - Colts WR T.Y. Hilton leaves practice with finger injury
7/23 - Colts WR Reggie Wayne cleared for camp
7/3 - Colts WR LaVon Brazill suspended at least 1 year for multiple substance abuse violations
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|5.06||Gridiron Experts - @MikeRigz - Just recently the NFL Network re-showed the playoff game between the Chiefs and Colts. Which was arguably the game of the year. I had forgotten what a game charger Hilton was in that contest. That performance alone pushed me to take him over DeSean.|
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