If Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was any indication it should be an easy decision for coach Chuck Pagano.
With Wayne out because of an elbow injury, Moncrief stepped up and complemented Hilton by catching seven passes on a team-high 12 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown -- all career highs -- in the loss.
"Donte was running great routes, playing fast and he certainly doesn't play like a rookie," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "He's solid, he's steady and I'm happy for how well he played."
The story said the original thought was that the Colts would ease Moncrief, the team's third-round draft pick, into a larger role because of their depth at receiver this season. But his speed, athleticism and ability to make plays has accelerated the process. Moncrief showed off his skills when he made a leaping catch over Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen for a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Nicks, who started the game as the No. 2 receiver, finished with only reception for 27 yards in the six times he was targeted, the piece added. Moncrief is a name to watch and could have some deeper league, flex value in this heavy-passing Colts offense.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. Hilton will play against the Titans. The game is in Indianapolis, and Hilton tends to play better at home.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Hilton should be able to play against the Titans. The game is in Indianapolis, and Hilton tends to play better at home.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm
His status is looking pretty good for Week 4 but it's still something to monitor. As the story points out, Hilton’s importance to the Colts offense speaks for itself. His unique ability to stretch the field is a threat that opposing defensive coordinators have to take into account each and every week. It doesn’t appear Hilton will miss much practice time. The piece pointed out that WR Donte Moncrief did emerge on Sunday indicating that the Colts have some quality depth at receiver.
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 8:26pm
Hilton didn't return to the game and perhaps the hope is they really didn't need his services any more in what was a blowout victory. We'll continue to update you during the week.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. Hilton should be fine for a nice matchup against the Jaguars, but he’s been better at home than he’s been on the road.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:39pm
On Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast, we highlighted speedy Arizona Cardinals rookie John Brown as one of the few "hype bunnies" to successfully translate offseason praise to preseason production.
After Brown's impressive preseason debut, general manager Steve Keim raised expectations, suggesting the third-round wide receiver is capable of an impact on par with Anquan Boldin's stellar rookie season a decade ago.
After Sunday's game versus the Bengals, coach Bruce Arians estimated to TheMMQB.com's Peter King that Brown will be used on "60 percent" of offensive snaps this season.
Brown is obviously a name to keep an eye on once the season starts. He's not getting a lot of draft day action, but playing 60% of the snaps could get him noticed at least in deeper fantasy leagues. He's also drawn comparisons to former Colt Marvin Harrison.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:17pm
It’s only natural for receivers like Da'Rick Rogers or Griff Whalen to look over his shoulder and wonder how the other player at that position is doing.
That leaves Rogers and Whalen and the remaining receivers on the roster competing for one or two spots on the roster at that position.
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 10:28am
Colts WR Hakeem Nicks, whose first August had fallen somewhere in the gulf that resides between “blah” and “meh,” caught plenty of attention on Saturday night with a five-catch, 53-yard performance in limited duty against his former team, the Giants. Now, Nicks is catching praise along with those passes.
It would have played out as six catches for 86 yards for Nicks, but a 36-yard gain was wiped off the board due to Nicks giving a wave to cornerback Trumaine McBride during the play.
Nicks was not impressive in camp to this point but it looks like things are picking up for the veteran. Earlier in camp, we learned from Colt beat writers that Nicks would be the team's WR3 and when he came in Reggie Wayne would move to the slot with T.Y. Hilton and Nicks on the outside. For now, his fantasy value is still a bit limited.
HC Chuck Pagano talked about the growth WR of T.Y. Hilton.
“Obviously, everybody knows how we used (Hilton) in the first couple of years but I think there’s so much more we can do with a guy like that. It’s just a matter of getting creative," Pagano said. “It’s easy to line him up and get him down the field and run go-routes and crossers but I think there’s a whole lot more we can do with a guy like that. He’s dynamic.”
It sounds like the Colts are going to find different ways to use Hilton this year, and it falls right in line with what we've been hearing all this summer. This will include moving him around the field to create matchup issues. Hilton is ranked 24th on our list with an ADP of the 6th round. He's the clear WR1 in Indy and we could be looking at a huge season for the now third-year receiver.
Monday, August 11, 2014, 7:47pm
“We have three number one wideouts,” Hilton said after practice.
Asked to clarify if he views himself as a number one wide receiver, Hilton replied, “Without a doubt. All you have to do is turn on the film and watch me play.”
That’s the kind of confidence that comes with being the most productive receiver from his 2012 NFL Draft class, despite being selected in the 3rd round out of FIU. In two seasons, Hilton has amassed 132 receptions, 1,944 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Nobody from the 2012 class has more receiving yards and touchdowns.
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