Expectations are sky-high for T.Y. Hilton after leading the league in receiving yards. The key to his big success in 2016? Targets, targets, targets -- the 155 he had was a career-high, and the career-high 91 receptions shouldn't come as a surprise, given that. Hilton got there because the Colts were in a bunch of high-scoring games and the receiving corps got thinned out because of injuries. Indianapolis will have a fuller receiving corps this year, but so long as Rob Chudzinski remains the playcaller and Andrew Luck remains the quarterback, Hilton should still be a candidate for over 80 catches, 1,200 yards and six scores. He's at the top of that near-elite tier of receivers who typically fly off the board between 15th and 20th overall in drafts.
Hilton (hamstring) was on the field practicing with the Colts' first-team offense during the opening day of training camp, Stephen Holder of the Indy Star reports. Hilton spent last month dealing with a hamstring strain, but the speedy wideout fortunately overcame that ailment in time for the start of camp Sunday. After a season in which he led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards, Hilton will now look forward to quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) returning from his own injury ahead of what should be another highly productive campaign.
Hilton is dealing with a hamstring strain and is expected to be sideline for minicamp, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports. The injury does not appear to be a long-term concern, but Hilton will get the week off to assure he is 100 percent for training camp. Look for more updates to come once training camp gets underway.
Hilton turned 12 targets into six catches for 95 yards Sunday against the Jaguars. Hilton topped the 90-yard mark eight times this season, including four times in the last five games. Quarterback Andrew Luck's favorite target finishes the 2016 campaign with 91 catches for 1,448 yards and six touchdowns. The former two numbers represent new career highs for the fifth-year speedster.
Hilton had four receptions for 105 yards on nine targets in Saturday's loss at Oakland. Hilton and Andrew Luck failed to hook up on a first half deep pass to the end zone as the passing game wasn't in sync in the first half. However, Hilton still had a productive game and now leads the league with 1,353 receiving yards.
Hilton caught three of his seven targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 34-6 win over the Vikings. Hilton led the Colts in targets, but couldn't make much headway against top Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. The speedy wideout should be able to find more success down the stretch against the Raiders and Jaguars. Hilton is now over the 1,200-yard receiving mark for the second time in three years.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||@Los Angeles Rams||32||25.25|
|5||10/08||San Francisco 49ers||27||24.25|
|3 Year Avg||140||81||1306||6||59||16.12||166|