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Player Profile: Colts Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton

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Measurables:

Height: 5’10 | Weight: 183lbs | Age: 28 | Experience: 7 years

40 Yard Dash: 4.37 | Vertical: 35 ½” | Broad Jump: 9’11” | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.36 | 3-Cone: 7.03

College: Florida International

Professional Transactions:

Signed a contract extension with the Colts on August 13, 2015

Contract Terms:

5-year, $65M with $28M guaranteed and a $10M signing bonus

NFL Career Stats:

94 Games | 73 Starts | 431 Receptions | 15.8 Yards Per Reception | 6,827 Receiving Yards | 34 Touchdowns

Accolades:

2012 NFL All-Rookie Team | 4-Time Pro Bowl Player | 2016 NFL Receiving Yards leader


Coaches and Teammates on Hilton:

Since making his debut in the league, Hilton has been defying expectations and carving out a spot for himself as one of the best receivers in the NFL. New Colts OC Nick Sirianni talked a little bit about about why he thinks that is back during minicamp.

“What really is great – and I think that separates players – T.Y.’s tough and he is hungry to learn and is obsessed with getting better,” Sirianni said Wednesday during the Colts’ mandatory minicamp. “And that’s a pretty common trait among the good players in this league.”

Former teammate Reggie Wayne also speaks highly of Hilton, touting him as a top 10 receiver in the league.

”A four-time Pro Bowl selectee, Hilton’s been a constant bright spot in Indy’s struggling offense without Andrew Luck. If (or, as I like to think, when) Luck returns from his shoulder injury, the deep threat will get right back to putting up 100-yard games on a consistent basis.”


Hilton’s impact on the field – Film Review

Hilton’s presence on the field immediately draws attention from defenses. His game-breaking speed and ability to slip almost unnoticed behind coverage for big gains has been a staple since entering the league. He is also capable of generating huge gains out of short passes, making him a threat to go the distance any time the ball gets in his hands, as evidenced here.

He can line up outside, work from the slot, and has even been getting reps as a punt returner this offseason. His speed has been the thing people acknowledge about him, but what has allowed him to reach the next level are his sure hands and crisp route running.

Paired with Andrew Luck, Hilton has been a terror for secondaries. In this play you can see how little margin for error there is for defenses up against Hilton’s abilities. Facing man coverage, Hilton gets a clean release and easily blows by the cornerback. Because the safety takes a bad step and bites on the fake end around, he is caught having to recover and Luck and Hilton make him pay with points.

Hilton’s effectiveness is amplified significantly by the return of Andrew Luck. An effective running game also makes a huge difference, because as you can see, when the play action is run it can be a devastating weapon. It is also likely that Hilton will benefit from a better stable of receiving weapons for Luck, where the pickup of Eric Ebron at tight end will likely command defensive attention as a deep threat.

If he gets the opportunity to see single coverage, Hilton is a player who simply changes games. Along with Luck, Hilton has that ability to seemingly make magic happen and provide late game heroics. He played a key role in the Colts ridiculous comeback win against the Chiefs in the Wildcard Round of the 2013 playoffs, helping close out the game with this beauty.

The biggest area of struggle for Hilton has been when he becomes the primary focus of double coverage for defenses. With the new offense under Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni as well as the added weapons, he won’t be facing that situation nearly as often and so there is every reason to think he will have a career year.


2018 Predictions:

80 Receptions | 1,200 yards | 6 Touchdowns