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TY Hilton Quietly Continues Climbing the Record Books

TY Hilton can become just the third player in NFL history with 850 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in each of his first six seasons.

Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

This has been a frustrating season for Indianapolis Colts Pro-Bowl wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Without Andrew Luck at quarterback and no other fellow receivers taking attention away from him, Hilton is on pace for his least-statistically-productive season since 2012 as a rookie.

That season, Hilton had 50 catches (91 targets) for 861 yards and 7 touchdowns. This year, he is on pace for 55 catches (105 targets) for 1,055 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Regardless, Hilton has produced at a high level when called on throughout his six-year career. He is on pace to finish near the top of countless franchise receiving records. However, there is one very impressive NFL record that he is approaching.

Hilton needs 59 receiving yards and 1 more touchdown in the remaining four games to become just the third player in NFL history to record at least 850 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in each of their first six seasons.

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Gary Clark of the Washington Redskins achieved that mark in his first eight seasons (1985-’92), and Randy Moss did it with the Minnesota Vikings in his first six (1998-’03).

Hilton has never been a high-volume touchdown-scorer (his career high is 7), so it’s up in the air if he’ll get that fifth touchdown or not. However, if he doesn’t get 59 more yards in the next four games, something has gone seriously wrong.

The remainder of the Colts’ schedule lays this record out to be somewhat achievable for Hilton. This week, they travel to the Buffalo Bills, who rank 24th in pass defense (241.2). Then, they host the Denver Broncos, who are fourth (203.6). After that, they visit the Baltimore Ravens, who are third (198.6). They finish up with the Houston Texans at home, who are 22nd (235.8).

While Denver and Baltimore rank high against the pass, Denver has given up the most passing touchdowns in the league (26), and Baltimore lost their best cornerback, Jimmy Smith, to an Achilles injury last week.

Houston has also given up the second-most touchdown passes (23) this year. Let’s not forget that Hilton owns the Texans, averaging 5.5 catches for 101.5 yards against them in 11 career games. He’s also got 9 touchdowns against them.