With Reggie Wayne out for the season after the injury he suffered against the Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts will probably use the running game even more as they have one of the best running backs in the NFL in Trent Richardson.
They will have to pass the football eventually, however, as they also boast one of the best quarterbacks in the business in Andrew Luck who’s quickly taking huge leaps towards stardom in only his second year in the league.
Wayne was considered the main target for Luck together with TE Coby Fleener, and the loss of the wideout means that the Colts will need to rely on somebody else to gain the yards through the air on a consistent basis.
Enter T.Y. Hilton.
The second-year receiver from Florida International University should see a lot more targets in Wayne’s absence as he has shown this season he has the ability to perform at a more consistent level than Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Despite a very flat game from Hilton against the Broncos where he caught only two passes for 27 yards, he has the speed to be the No. 1 target in the long plays as well as the understanding with Luck to be a primary option on every snap. Hilton already has two games this season with more than 120 yards so he has already shown he can produce when given the chance.
It’s not a secret that the passing game will now be seriously depleted with the loss of Wayne for the Colts. They do have the weapons to continue being a threat, however, and if Hilton can emerge as a solid option there’s no doubt the Colts will continue their great year.