According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton leads all of the league’s wide receivers in most yards run per route run from the slot, which effectively makes him one of the most dangerous weapons in all of football:
1. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
PFF Grade: 81.0
PFF Slot Yards Per Route Run: 3.97
T.Y. Hilton’s overall figures are impressive, but when we take a closer look at Hilton’s numbers when lined up in the slot, it becomes a whole new ball game. One of the league’s premier slot threats, Hilton has amassed 979 yards from the slot since 2016, the most among receivers. This year alone, he has lined up in the slot on 34.9 percent of his snaps and seen 16 targets, hauled in 12 receptions for 234 yards and a touchdown.
The 27 year old wide receiver is coming off a dominant 7 reception for 177 receiving yard game against the San Francisco 49ers and his 466 receiving yards on the season are the 3rd most among all NFL receivers.
It’s pretty remarkable considering that Hilton has accomplished such feats, while playing without Andrew Luck for all 5 starts.
Of course, being efficient in the slot makes Hilton a very dynamic threat for the Colts, as unlike on the outside, where cornerbacks can play to the sideline, Hilton has the ability to go left, right, or simply deep.
The diminutive, yet incredibly dangerous wide receiver has simply taken advantage this season and really since 2016.
To me, it’s no coincidence that the Colts only 2 wins of the season have come in the 2 games that Hilton has eclipsed 150+ receiving yards because without Luck, he’s the Colts top playmaker and as he goes, so does the Indianapolis offense right now.
As it stands, a lot of that ‘playmaking’ for Hilton has come from the slot so far this season, as he’s had a ton of success there.