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Colts 2016 player preview: Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason.  To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster.  Today, we're looking at wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

Who is he?

The Colts' fourth and fifth wide receiver spots are open, but let's not forget the top of the depth chart either.  Donte Moncrief is the number two and Phillip Dorsett the number three, and both players are young and talented.  Only one receiver on the Colts' roster has produced at a significant level in the NFL, however, and that's T.Y. Hilton.  The 5-9, 180 pound wideout was drafted in the third round of the 2012 Draft and has quickly turned into one of the NFL's better receivers.  During his four years with the Colts, Hilton has caught 283 passes for 4,413 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging 15.6 yards per catch.  In each of the last three seasons Hilton has topped 1,000 yards, while he has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two.  Hilton caught 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five scores in 2015, a very impressive campaign considering Andrew Luck's struggles and injuries, as well as Hilton's own injury issues that he played through.

What is his role?

T.Y. Hilton's role with the Colts is pretty clear as well: he's their number one wide receiver, their biggest threat in the passing game, and Andrew Luck's favorite target.  Hilton had a very impressive offseason program -€” Chuck Pagano said he was as impressive as anyone -€” and he will undoubtedly get plenty of targets in 2016.  The hope is that Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett will be able to take some of the pressure and defensive attention away from Hilton, which could lead to him becoming even more dangerous.  Either way, Hilton has previously at times been the Colts' only real receiving threat and still produced, so he should have another good season this year.

What are his chances?

Hilton is a lock to make the roster and be the team's number one wideout.