‘Chunk’ plays have been a staple of the Colts offense during the 2012 season.
The Colts lead the NFL with 59 receptions of at least 20 yards this year.
A number of factors have contributed to that number but one of the main reasons can go back to the word Reggie Wayne chose during training camp to describe his fellow receivers—‘speed.’
Rookie receiver T.Y. Hilton falls into that burner category and his 10 catches of at least 25 yards has contributed into the big-play ability of the Colts offense.
After only catching one pass in the first two games of the season (Hilton missed the season opener with an injury), Hilton has fully recovered from an offseason injury and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians credits his confidence.
“He’s playing so much faster than he did earlier in the year. He’s seeing things,” Arians said of Hilton. “I think the game has slowed down for him a little bit. He’s been doing a great job practicing. He’s got good practice habits because he’s modeling himself after Reggie (Wayne) and he’s just going to continue to get better and better.”
Hilton’s 716 receiving yards is second amongst all NFL rookies and he leads all first-year players with six touchdowns.
During his time in Pittsburgh, Arians had a knack for involving smaller, quicker receivers in his offense.
A name that Arians used earlier in the week, and may very well resonate with many Colts fans, is former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El.
Arians does see similarities between the two but made sure to point out the fact that Hilton’s arm is not in the same category with the former Indiana University quarterback.
“El was a phenomenal athlete and probably one of the top 15 passers in the league. If T.Y. (Hilton) could throw, we’d have a lot more reverse passes,” Arians said with a laugh. “But he does remind me a lot of the quickness but I think he’s got much more top speed than El had.”
Along with his rookie leading four 100-yard receiving games, Hilton also electrified the Colts with his 75-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Bills.
Hilton will next take his big-play act to Kansas City where the elements are unknown but the goal is the exact opposite.
“It’s a must win,” Hilton said. “Win or go home for us and right now, that’s how we are taking it.”
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