On the yearly NFL top 100 list, the receiver who leads the league in yards usually finishes fairly high. In 2015, Julio Jones, the league leader in receiving yards, finished 13th on the list. Antonio Brown 23rd in 2014, Calvin Johnson third in 2012, and Johnson 27th in 2011. In 2016, T.Y. Hilton led the NFL with 1,448 yards, but finished 61st on the NFL’s top 100 list. This is behind players such as Dez Bryant, Jarvis Landry, and Amari Cooper. With all-do respect to those players, they are not on the level of Hilton, based on his 2016 performance. Hilton is never considered as an Elite receiver. Now let me ask you this: what are we all doing here?
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In 2016, Dez Bryant put up a lackluster 796 yards and eight touchdowns. Jarvis Landry recorded 1,136 yards and four touchdowns. Amari Cooper put up 1,153 yards and five touchdowns, and finished below Hilton in yards, touchdowns, catches, and yards per catch. Maybe it is because the Colts play in a small market, they have gone 8-8 for the past two seasons, or that he is a very quiet and humble player overall, but Hilton does not get the buzz that he deserves.
A former third round pick, Hilton was selected out of FIU and worked hard to produce from the moment he was drafted. Bryant and Cooper were selected in the first round, and Landry was selected in the second round of their respective drafts.
Hilton has solidified himself as one of the best deep threats in the NFL, and one of the most consistent receivers in the league. If the Colts’ offense can be one of the top units in the NFL this season and Hilton keeps up this level of production, I hope that he gets the recognition that he deserves this season, and the Colts make it back to the postseason.