The depth of the Colts 2012 rookie class was once again on display this weekend thanks to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
With three of the four longest plays from scrimmage for the Colts, Hilton showed that play making ability which made him a third round selection in April’s NFL Draft.
Following fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen’s first career touchdown last week, Hilton hauled in his first professional score on the team’s initial offensive possession on Sunday.
Quarterback Andrew Luck found the speedy Hilton in the slot position and the 40-yard touchdown gave the Colts a late first quarter lead.
Hilton didn’t care for individual accomplishments after the 22-17 loss, taking a look at the big picture and the inability to get the same offensive production following halftime.
“We let one get away from us,” Hilton said. “We have to close games better. Start fast in the second half like we did in the first half and we’ll be able to concentrate from there.”
Late in the fourth quarter, Luck once again found Hilton for a pair of significant gains at crucial moments.
With 2:56 remaining and the Colts down 16-14, Hilton caught a 32-yard gain on a Colts first-and-20 from Indianapolis’ own 15-yard line.
The final catch of the afternoon for Hilton was a 36-yard reception down the left sideline allowing the Colts a last second shot at the end zone.
The big play capability of Hilton has already been on display just two games into his first NFL season.
Hilton missed the Bears game due to a shoulder injury but since returning, he has been used in the return game along with as a receiver.
Dating back to his days at Florida International, Hilton has affected the game in multiple facets.
On Hilton’s first punt return, he gained 32 yards but that was negated due to an illegal block above the waist.
It is that electricity from Hilton which the Colts will be looking for the remainder of the season.
With the health of wide receiver Austin Collie uncertain heading into the bye week, the emergence of Hilton is a bright spot after such a devastating loss.
“This one stings,” Hilton said. “We have to come out stronger in the second half and come out more special, like we did in the first half.”
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