INDIANAPOLIS — It started with the nickname, “The Ghost” two years ago because defenses had a difficult time finding him on the field. Then came the five-year, $65 million contract during training camp in 2015.
However, Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton isn’t producing to the level of that contract so far this season. He’s definitely been “The Ghost” through two weeks, but in a different realm: Hilton hasn’t made much of an impact this season.
Hilton, a back-to-back Pro Bowl selection after consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, has 10 receptions for 120 yards through the first two weeks of the season. What’s bothering Hilton is that it’s taken 23 targets for him to get those 10 receptions.
Is Hilton agitated with how he’s played?
“Absolutely,” he said bluntly. “[Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski] is doing a great job trying to get me the ball. My main thing is I have to make more plays. For me, I didn’t make enough plays last week [at Denver], the week before [against Detroit]. Just go out there and make plays.”
The pressure will increase even more for Hilton now that Donte Moncrief is out for 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured scapula in his left shoulder.
That means defenses will key in even more on Hilton and Phillip Dorsett because the Colts lack experience behind those two. Chester Rogers, Quan Bray and the newly signed Devin Street are the other receivers on the active roster.
The Colts likely won’t face a secondary as good as Denver’s anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean it will get any easier for their receivers.
“I feel sorry for this week,” Hilton said about Sunday’s game against the Chargers. “Coming out [with] guns blazing and just have to make plays. For me it’s more personal this week. We’re 0-2. I haven’t made plays, haven’t had a game-changing performance yet. This week I look forward to it.”
Hilton got off to a fairly slow start last season. He had 11 receptions for 133 yards through the first two weeks last season. He followed that up with four catches for 94 yards in Week 3.
He’ll try to get on track against San Diego on Sunday.
“We can’t go down 0-3,” Hilton said. “I have to make plays. I guarantee you I will make plays.”