Nov 18, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) is tackled by New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
As great as Andrew Luck is, he shouldn’t get all of the credit for the Colts’ high-flying offense. He has a slew of talented wideouts to throw to, headed by the duo of T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.
Wayne isn’t as much of a big play receiver as he used to be, but when Luck needs a big third down conversion, you know Wayne is going to get open for his quarterback. Hilton on the other hand is all about the explosive plays.
The smaller wideout averages a whopping 16.7 yards per catch, and considering he has reeled in 56 receptions for the year, that is very impressive. He is so fast it is tough for pretty much every defensive back in the NFL to keep pace with him, and that is not even mentioning his special talent for breaking off big gains after the catch. What makes Hilton so special is his ability to beat you deep for a 60-yard bomb, but also gain 60 yards on a short crossing pattern.
New England will have to be ready for these receivers on Sunday. Thankfully, the Pats have the best duo of corners on the outside in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, which will make this task of handling Hilton and Wayne much easier.