Hilton remains a free agent, but the Colts haven't closed the door on re-signing him, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports. The 32-year-old wideout reportedly wants to play another season, and the only team he's ever played for still has a need at his position. Of course, part of the reason the Colts have a need at wide receiver is that they didn't get much from Hilton last year -- 331 yards and three TDs in 10 games. New QB Matt Ryan could use some more weapons alongside third-year wideout Michael Pittman.
Hilton still wants to play in the NFL, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports. Hilton dealt with numerous injuries during the 2021 campaign, including a neck issue that required surgery at beginning of the season. The 32-year-old wideout said after a devastating Week 18 loss to the Jaguars that he'd take time to ponder his future and that retirement was a possibility. However, based on Tuesday's comments from Colts general manager Chris Ballard, it appears Hilton may be returning to the team for at least one more season. The emergence of Michael Pittman, added to Carson Wentz's struggles, dealt a big hit to Hilton's fantasy potential during his 10th season in the NFL. The veteran appeared in 10 contests last year and finished with 23 receptions for 331 yards and three touchdowns -- all career lows.
Hilton recorded two receptions on five targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Jaguars. Hilton matched his season high of five targets, notching that mark for the fifth time. Though he managed an explosive 33-yard gain in the first quarter, he failed to top 40 receiving yards for the seventh time in 10 games on the campaign. With the Colts season now over and his performance clearly in decline, Hilton said after the game that he will take time to ponder his future with retirement being a possibility, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
Hilton recorded one reception on three targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Raiders. Hilton made his lone catch of the game count, and he's now scored a touchdown in consecutive contests. However, the circumstances of the score were quite fortuitous, as Carson Wentz launched an ill-advised pass that bounced off a pair of defenders and into the waiting arms of Hilton in the end zone. Assuming the Colts' wide receiver corps remains healthy heading into a Week 18 matchup against Jacksonville, Hilton isn't likely to see a significant role in the offense.
Hilton reeled in four of five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 22-16 victory at Arizona. Hilton has taken a back seat in the receiving corps to Michael Pittman on the campaign, but an absent Zach Pascal, who landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier Saturday, allowed the 10th-year wideout to match his season high in targets. Moreover, Hilton pulled off his second TD and second 20-yard-plus catch (39 yards, to be precise) in eight appearances. If Pascal is able to return in the Colts' next game Sunday, Jan. 2 against the Raiders, Hilton may find difficulty making much of an impact in the box score.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
|9||11/06||@New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|10||11/13||@Las Vegas Raiders||3||17.67|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|17||01/01||@New York Giants||11||20.35|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||66||41||531||4||27||12.95||77|