This season wasn’t exactly one for the team record books, but it was filled with plenty of nice individual milestones. One of the biggest of those was the fact that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton won the NFL’s receiving crown as he finished with the most receiving yards in the league.
Hilton finished with a career-high 1,448 yards this year, which put him 39 yards ahead of Falcons wideout Julio Jones for the most receiving yards. Here’s how the top five finished:
- T.Y. Hilton, 1,448 yards
- Julio Jones, 1,409 yards
- Odell Beckham, 1,367 yards
- Mike Evans, 1,321 yards
- Antonio Brown, 1,284 yards
Hilton also finished with a career-high 91 receptions (tied for 10th in the league), six touchdowns, 28 plays of 20+ yards (most in the league), and 66 receiving first downs (second-most in the league), all while averaging 15.9 yards per catch (10th among qualified players). Hilton was also targeted 156 times, which was more than all but three players in the league.
It was a tremendous year for Hilton, and it’s the eighth time a Colts player has led the league in receiving yards. Reggie Wayne was the last to do so in 2007, while Marvin Harrison did it in 1999 and 2002. A Colts player did it four times while the team was in Baltimore, and now a Colts player has done it four times while the team is in Indianapolis.
Hilton’s 1,448 yards also ranks as the fifth-most in a single-season in Colts history. Marvin Harrison holds the top three spots, Reggie Wayne is fourth, and Hilton is now fifth. In fact, Hilton now has two of the top ten single-season receiving yards totals in Colts history (his 1,345 yards in 2014 is tenth). Here’s the top five:
- Marvin Harrison, 1,722 yards, 2002*
- Marvin Harrison, 1,663 yards, 1999*
- Marvin Harrison, 1524 yards, 2001
- Reggie Wayne, 1,510 yards, 2007*
- T.Y. Hilton, 1,448 yards, 2016*
*Denotes the player led the NFL that season
It was a heck of a season for a tremendous player, and in a bit of irony, the player some people erroneously think “isn’t a number one wideout” finished number one in the entire league this year in receiving yards.