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.
There's no doubting the work ethic of veteran WR Reggie Wayne of the Colts. Seemingly all systems go after last October's torn ACL, Wayne's recovery was tabbed last week by coach Chuck Pagano as "really incredible," with the 35-year-old pass-catcher -- per The Indianapolis Star -- "effortlessly snatching passes out of the air" ahead of his 14th NFL campaign. "As far as the rehab part, I've ran every route. Either it was here in Indiana, in Indianapolis or it was down in Miami," Wayne recently told the team's official website. "I've grabbed coaches and trainers down at the University of Miami and I've said, 'Alright, I know you wanted to be a DB at some point in your life, this is your chance to do it.' They did their best and I've done everything I wanted to do. I've run every route and there is nothing that's holding me back. "There's nothing that's keeps me from doing whatever it is they want me to do so I'm here. Knock on wood I stay on top of this and keep going from there."
The news on Wayne comes just in time for the Colts as it appears WR Hakeem Nicks is struggling a bit. It looks like Wayne is the WR2 behind T.Y. Hilton, and in 3WR sets Wayne will line up in the slot according to recent observations at Colts camp. Wayne's comeback is impressive, but he's yet to be on the field in the game so probably fair to temper expectations. Wayne is ranked 39th on our list but his ADP is aabout a round higher than those around him, so he's an attractive target so far in drafts. Wayne will be held out of the team's Thursday preseason game, but is expected to see game action before the start of the season.
This is certainly good news for Hilton owners, or potential owners, as he looks to be running as the team's WR1 with Reggie Wayne as the WR2. After Wayne got injured last season, Hilton put up low-end WR1 numbers. While he comes in ranked 24th on our WR list, his ADP is the sixth round which is about a round higher than guys like Mike Wallace and Marques Colston who are ranked nearby. It looks like you may have to reach a little for Hilton, but this news should make you feel better about doing it.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 5:08pm
The addition of Colts WR Hakeem Nicks not only will be a plus for quarterback Andrew Luck, but his presence on the field will have a significant impact for T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne and the team’s tight ends. Hilton and Nicks can stretch the field on the outside, which in turn will open up the middle of the field for Wayne and the tight ends. What also can’t be discounted is that Nicks’ presence helps ease things for Wayne, who is coming off a torn ACL. Wayne doesn’t have to feel like he needs to dominate a game because he has Nicks, Hilton and the tight ends to help him out.
We're not crazy about the 35-year-old Wayne coming off of ACL surgery, and the arrival of Nicks will allow the team to ease Wayne in if he shows signs that he's not 100 percent ready to go.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:56pm
Hilton’s 10 100-yard receiving games after two NFL seasons are tied for the second most in league history.
The big question is will Wayne be ready for the opener, which would be just over nine months removed from a torn ACL. All indications are he will be, but will the Colts ease him back in? Either way, at some point all three should be on the field increasing the fantasy value of QB Andrew Luck. We have Hilton ranked 22nd on our WR list, which is highest among the Colts. Even with Wayne on the field, Hilton could still see a ton of targets. However, we admit Hilton could be limited in two tight end sets. There are going to be a lot of mouths to feed in the Colts offense...
Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:54pm
Rookie WR John Brown was compared to both T.Y. Hilton, the Colts’ wideout, and Antonio Brown, the Steelers’ wideout, by HC Bruce Arians when he was drafted. And he looked solid all through the offseason. He did make mistakes sometimes, and there were multiple times when Carson Palmer took Brown aside for a teaching moment. The quarterback doesn’t make that kind of effort unless Brown is going to play a role in what he is doing.
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:22pm
Whenever a receiver changes teams, developing a rapport with his new quarterback is key. While we're not loving Nicks's move to Indianapolis, there is some upside here, especially if Reggie Wayne isn't 100 percent by the time the season starts.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:20pm
Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.
The severity/nature of the injury is unknown, but it's something to monitor as the offseason wears on. Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.
Friday, May 30, 2014, 9:59am
At 6-2, 224, Moncrief has the biggest stature of any Indianapolis receiver, and Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze feels his addition will reap dividends.
“(His) size, speed-ratio for a kid who’s of that size and strength,” said Freeze on why Indianapolis would have him so high on its draft board.
“He’s a phenomenal run blocker, as good as I’ve ever seen in that regard. He needs to be more consistent in route precision, but he can stretch the field vertically. He absolutely can. For a kid that size, it’s a pretty rare find.”
At the very least, Moncrief is buried behind Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks, but if he can learn to channel his world class speed, he may get on the field sooner than people think.
All indications point to Colts WR Reggie Wayne still making good progress from his torn ACL. He’s taking part in football activities again, but he likely won’t participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp next month. The Colts will likely wait until training camp before Wayne goes all out on the field.
His progress will have a big impact on the team's pecking order at WR, though we expect T.Y. Hilton to continue to build on two good productive seasons in the league. Hakeem Nicks is also in the mix.
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