Usually bringing in more competition doesn’t increase a player’s stats. That will be the case this season with the Colts’ most important receiver.
The Colts did a good job of addressing their single biggest need in the offseason. That need was to add more talent at the wide receiver position. They didn’t have any threats to throw to on the outside besides T.Y. Hilton. That has now changed, and Hilton should benefit greatly.
Adding Devin Funchess in free agency and Parris Campbell in the draft should allow Hilton to flourish in a way he hasn’t for years. He won’t get as much attention on him because the other two guys require tight coverage, especially the speedy Campbell.
Having Jack Doyle back at tight end helps Hilton too. Having that underneath threat opens up Hilton’s ability to beat defenses downfield. Hilton can show his game breaking abilities more often. That should give the Colts more opportunities to score points.
Health will be the biggest factor for Hilton to be better. Hilton was hobble the last month and a half of the season. His ankle wasn’t going to get better without rest. Now that he has had a whole offseason, he will be healthy heading into the year. He just has to stay that way.
That has been the big issue with Hilton. He has been nicked up a lot in his career. A big reason for that is his slight frame. He’s only 5’10 and 183 pounds. He takes some big hits sometimes too. As long as he has receivers that can take attention away from him, he should be healthier too.
All of this should add up to Hilton being more efficient on the field. He should be able to affect the game more often and score more touchdowns.