Moments after saying he would prefer not to hype anyone’s performance this early to avoid the potential for complacency, Colts coach Chuck Pagano proceeded to sing the praises of his No. 1 receiver.
“(T.Y. Hilton) is having as good an offseason as anybody, probably better than anybody,” Pagano said Tuesday. “…I’ve never seen this guy practice as fast as he's practicing right now. … He’s done it day in and day out.”
That's no embellishment. Hilton has caught just about everything thrown his way – over the middle, on the sideline, falling out of the end zone. On those occasions when he’s matched up against No. 1 cornerback Vontae Davis, Hilton seems to have won more of those battles than he’s lost.
I asked Hilton what gives. He offered a simple explanation.
“I’m more motivated, more hungry,” he said. “I’m just ready to go, man. After watching the playoffs last year and not being in there, I’m just ready to get back to that point and continue to lead this team.”
In 22 games over the past two seasons with an active Andrew Luck, Hilton has averaged 5.1 catches for 86 yards and 0.45 TD. Those are fringe WR1 numbers in PPR formats and solid WR1 numbers in standard leagues. With Luck back under center, Hilton should have a bounce back season after finishing #22 in both formats.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Hilton should play with the Colts still in the playoff hunt.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (foot, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 9. Hilton has a foot sprain and is considered “day to day,” though beat writer Mike Chappell has heard that the injury required an MRI earlier in the week. Another beat writer, Zak Keefer, said he “would be surprised if he plays Sunday.” For now, we have him penciled into our rankings, but he’s not an attractive start against the Broncos’ stingy secondary. The Colts play late, so this could be a Sunday headache for owners. Hopefully we’ll have more clarity over the weekend.
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Hilton is dealing with a foot sprain that reportedly required an MRI earlier in the week. Complicating matters, the matchup against the Broncos is brutal. Denver is #1 in WR aFPA, so even if Hilton suits up, he's not a great start. If Hilton sits, Donte Moncrief, Andre Johnson and Griff Whalen would pick up his snaps and targets, but new OC Rob Chudzinski may also elect to get the Colts' tight ends more involved.
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Hilton has a foot sprain and is considered “day to day,” though beat writer Mike Chappell has heard that the injury required an MRI earlier in the week. Another beat writer, Zak Keefer, said he “would be surprised if he plays Sunday.” For now, we have him penciled into our rankings, but he’s not an attractive start against the Broncos’ stingy secondary. The Colts play late, so this could be a Sunday headache for owners.
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm
Colts WR Andre Johnson (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. If T.Y. Hilton is out, Johnson could be a Sneaky Start despite a terrible matchup against Denver.
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 6. The probable tag means that Hilton is virtually certain to play, so we aren’t too worried about the groin given the probable designation.
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (knee, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 4. Hilton has 20 catches for 357 yards and a touchdown on 26 targets in his last three games against the Jaguars.
The wideout will be active Monday night versus the New York Jets, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of Hilton's status. Hilton was officially listed as questionable. NBC Sports first reported the news.
Hilton left last week's loss with a bruised knee and did not return. The Colts' No. 1 wideout practiced on limited basis on Saturday, leading coach Chuck Pagano to say Hilton "looked good" and was optimistic he could play Monday.
In Week 1, Hilton led the Colts with seven receptions for 88 receiving yards on 14 targets. In three career games on MNF, Hilton has 14 receptions, 179 receiving yards and one touchdown.
How hindered the speedy wideout will be is something to monitor early in the contest. If his game-breaking speed is sapped, it could cramp the Colts' offense against Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and the rest of the Jets' secondary. Hilton comes with risk tonight and on top of it his presence should also put a dent in Donte Moncrief's fantasy value as Moncrief was expected to start if Hilton was unable to go.
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he's optimistic that Hilton will play this week.
Every game, all season
"He looked good. Still got two days," Pagano said of his star receiver, via Indy Sports Central's Mike Chappell.
It was the first practice of the week for the Colts' No. 1 receiver after leaving a Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter with a bruised knee. Despite the early exit, Hilton led Indy with seven receptions for 88 yards on 14 targets.
"Depends on how my knee reacts tomorrow." said Hilton, via the Indy Star. "It's a great thing we play Monday."
Getting an extra day of rest should help Hilton's availability Monday night. If Hilton isn't full-go, Andrew Luck will rely on Donte Moncrief and rookie Phillip Dorsett to fill his shoes alongside veteran Andre Johnson. Moncrief, it was said earlier in the week, could get the start to take pressure off the Dorsett.
NEW YORK JETS
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (concussion), QB Geno Smith (jaw)
CB Darrin Walls (hamstring)
CB Antonio Cromartie (knee), RB Chris Ivory (groin)
DE Stephen Bowen (knee), G James Carpenter (back), G Willie Colon (knee), T Breno Giacomini (biceps), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (shoulder), T Brent Qvale (finger), LB Trevor Reilly (finger), WR Devin Smith (ribs)
CB Darius Butler (hip), CB Gregory Toler (neck)
WR T.Y. Hilton (knee), LB Robert Mathis (achilles), LB Jonathan Newsome (hamstring)
G Todd Herremans (shoulder), LB D'Qwell Jackson (toe), LB Bjoern Werner (knee)
Ivory was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. He tweaked his groin earlier in the week during practice. If he can't go, Bilal Powell would make a handcuff option for Ivory owners. For the Colts, Hilton was held out of practice all week but was limited on Saturday and is also questionable, perhaps a sign he's at least trending upward. Neither player may be 100-percent for the game if they are active. Donte Moncrief seems on track to take Hilton's place if he can't go.
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