Indianapolis Colts: 3 Bold Predictions for T.Y. Hilton in 2018

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Hilton Will Score at Least 10 Touchdowns

This is a play off of the previous page. In the past, Hilton has predominantly scored via the big play. Thus, this leads to less touchdown opportunities.

This season we will see Hilton to get more opportunities to score via a run after the catch (RAC). Short crossing routes, slants, digs, and outs are going to the bread and butter of the offense. With the speed and quickness that Hilton possesses, RAC yards should be a piece of cake for the seventh year pro.

Traditionally, this is not an area where he has excelled. The leading factors of that inability to produce RAC are two-fold. First, defenders give Hilton large cushions. They play it safe and allow the short catches underneath on vertical routes, consequently attempting to deny large chunks of yardage after the catch. Second, play-calling. Hilton has traditionally been put into positions stretch the field, thus creating the cushion in coverage, and thus making it difficult for RAC yards.

This is not to say that there won’t be any more deep shots for Hilton. My prediction is that there will just be less. He is far and away this team’s best receiver and opposing defenses will treat him like it. Creativity and endurance are going to be key in order to get Hilton into positions to score at a quicker pace than in the past.

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