Welcome to your Week 13 Wednesday Film Room here with Laurence Owen.
And today we're going to go over the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver, T Y Hilton.
Obviously, Hilton has been a lot down from the majority of fantasy league owners this season, and I want to break down Why T.
Y Hilton has been having issues starting off his 2020 season and why all of a sudden he seems to be showing up in the last couple of games.
Is this coincidence? Does this have What does this have to do? Does it have to do with playbooks understanding Philip Rivers, Philip Rivers understanding him injuries? Or is it just a simple fact that, you know, sometimes a game plan really does kind of pull you out of being in the spotlight in games? We're gonna find out right now, as we look at all the film that I could find that would explain everything in a short 30 minutes stream.
Let's get to it.
So Week one in the 2020 season, T. Y Hilton.
I mean, he wasn't very good.
He wasn't very good on the stat sheet.
Anyhow, over the course of actually the first six or seven weeks of the NFL, he would get his catches.
He get maybe 40 50 yards at the most 34 catches is the most that you would actually expect from T Y Hilton in any given game early in the season.
Now the reason for that is weak. One.
The Jacksonville Jaguars played T Y Hilton very physically, and it's something that t y is not used to.
I'm gonna show you a couple quick plays real quick just to show you what I'm talking about on this one right here.
Trey Herndon is all up on T Y Hilton on this play.
We can watch it play out early.
It's a nice little back shoulder throw.
Bam! And it was It was just played very, very well.
If you watch by Herndon, he gets up.
See why normally catches this football.
This is normally right there.
Ah, catch His feet are down, you know, And he would go out and this would be a catch.
Big time First down catch.
But Herndon, right there on the edge the last second gets his hand inside there, rips that football out incomplete pass And then, of course, there's this next play appear in the top.
You got T Y against C.
Henderson again playing very, very physical tight coverage, another bat shoulder throw.
It's on the money, but T y just wasn't able to get enough separation here.
Henderson kept very close proximity to T Y t y goes up to catch his football.
Henderson all over him, able to knock that football away.
I mean, this is it was just exactly what happened this entire time this entire game.
Normally, receivers aren't playing so close to T y Hilton like this.
You've got Henderson.
Let's wash this all over him.
He's playing up close, tight, personal, really tight coverage.
And Rivers even throws the football in the place where, if you watch, you got all 11 guys within seven yards of the of the line of scrimmage.
Yes, it's red zone, but there's plenty of room back here.
But look, 123456789 10.
11 guys, right up close and personal.
You've got Henderson really, really close to him.
As this play happens, you watch it and Philip Rivers notices.
T y he's looking.
He's looking down the line for the snap right here to wise watching.
He should see this safety move over to cover over here rather than t y leaving CJ on an island.
And Rivers notices this immediately immediate.
Look how? Look how tight Henderson ain't giving No, no craps about T y Hilton Speed Here he's moving over to the side River.
Sees one on one.
He's like, Man, look at all this open field over here.
I'm just gonna throw this football right over here.
Let t y go inside and catch this.
Henderson does not allow it.
Henderson stays, I mean, legitimately, right up close and personal.
Now is this pass interference in the end zone with the ball in the air? You could argue that, but let's let's t y takes this this cut a little bad, all right? As he looks back, he sees he's throwing the football all right.
As he watches this football, he needs to realize he needs to make this cut sooner.
He needs to make this a sharp cut.
He's legitimately kind of curving into the end zone rather than making a sharp, sharp, direct cut towards the football, whereas he's trying to curb into the end zone, makes it easy for C J to just stay right on top of them.
There's no chance for T y.
Now if you have made a sharp need to jab that foot into the ground right here and cut inside at the last second, I think he would have had a little bit of separation from Henderson and been able to make this catch.
Granted, he would have had to jump for it.
But the Jaguars showed absolute 00 cares about T Y speed in this game, almost every play that they played against him.
It was tight man press coverage and had C.
Henderson all over him, and C J played a very good game.
Trey Herndon also was all over T y Hilton Man press the whole time, they didn't care.
We'll see what happens the rest of the season.
Next game you got the Minnesota Vikings, and I mean this game, this play right here.
Everybody is pretty famous.
Actually, this is the one where he drops a touchdown surefire just drops it.
And if we watched you got t y right here in the slot.
He's got this all day and he even admits later on I lost this in the shadows.
I lost this in the sun.
And if you watch how this plays out at the last, as he's tracking it, he's going in.
Look at this right here.
You see these shadows You got Sun Shadow, Sun Shadow Sun Shadow as he's watching it, Shadow Sun, Sun, Shadow Shadow.
Then, as the ball gets their son, that makes it nearly impossible to catch this football.
It's a guaranteed touchdown.
If he catches it, he was wide open.
But when you're going, son shadow, Sun shadow, Sun Shadow, son.
In a matter of literally, uh, maybe two seconds at the most, Not even like like one second you're getting the strobe light effect in your face.
He loses the track of the football.
Now, that's just unfortunate.
Had he had, he would rent him.
He did not ran this line right here in this, but had been over literally two yards and been here to where he would have had all son the whole way.
This is a touchdown.
He wouldn't have lost track of the football and then and then you have, ah, play where Philip Rivers just does not realize the kind of weapon he hasn.
T y Hilton T y Hilton is not Mike Williams.
T. Y Hilton is not Alan.
He's not a guy who's gonna jump up over somebody and catch a football.
This is just bad placement on Philip Rivers.
Not realizing who we had here.
Now this is the game to There's no telling.
Maybe he thought this was at Paschal.
You know e mean, honestly, you don't know, Um, because he was pretty far down the field when he threw this football.
You know, he's an what pushing forward to his eyes.
Might not be the best right now, who knows? But listen, watch the play and we will see that he places this ball.
And yes, he's under pressure as he throws the football, but he's not hit, so he should have thrown this ball.
Ah, lot better place than where he places it right there, right? He places it in a spot where Hilton has to jump up and go over somebody to try to catch this football.
Whereas if we go back on a different point of view.
He takes a snap.
You see, he's throwing the football before he gets hit, throwing the football before he gets hit.
Gone clean throat.
Now on this throw.
The safety was already looking at him.
He should have thrown this football over here to the left of the numbers instead of the right of the numbers.
So t well, I could have came to the football rather than have to jump over the corner.
This was just bad placement, not realizing who Philip had out there throwing the football, too.
And this is gonna happen because Philip Rivers he's brand new to the team.
He's got to get used to what? The strengths and weaknesses of each receiver on the field.
This is gonna take time.
It's gonna take time for Philip Rivers to get to understand the strengths and weaknesses. T.
Y is not a guy who's going to catch the football.
Y is the guy that you throw this football way out here somewhere.
He's gonna break off, track it down and catch it.
But you do not throw a 50 50 ball to T Y Hilton.
That's just not something that you want to do, and it's gonna take time for Philip to understand this.
Now remember, Philip Rivers is used to your big, strong wide receivers.
He's not used to these little guys who can run fast and catch well and run good routes.
You know, he's used to the guys who could throw O.
R or catch those big 50 50 balls and things of that nature.
But what he does love about T y and then if he's back shoulder throws was watch.
He caught all three of these all three targets that fill it through the T Y against the Jets and Rivers here.
Wyatt, the top takes outside.
Catches the football.
That was Wilson.
But, yeah, that was a wonderful play.
Absolutely gorgeous by T.
Hilton did a great job, but it's just not something that Rivers is used to throwing to wonderful job by T y on that play.
But guys that that Rivers is used to throwing to guys like Zach Paschal, Mohali Cox, right, Michael Pittman, junior big, strong guys who can catch the football who are big targets.
It's just not t wise, not in that system where he's used to throwing to over a long period of time.
Yes, he throws toe like Austin Ecker and guys like that.
Those are running backs coming out of the backfield who are generally short passes.
We're talking about your deep.
Your biggest deep threat is a 5 10 bucks 80 wide receiver.
He's not used to knowing how to lead and throw those guys.
That's all that ISS.
That's all it's been so far.
Let's let's go into the next game, see what happens there again on this play.
I mean, he's throwing the football to T Y Hilton like he's a 6 ft to 6 ft three wide receiver.
You watch T y right here on the very inside, right off the left tackle Anthony Castonzo.
Watch how this play goes out because Philip throws it high and the white comes down with this football.
This is an absolute amazing play.
Absolutely amazing play by T.
Y Hilton right there.
The fact that he was able to come down with this ball is unbelievable because Philip Waits, waits, waits, he's getting under pressure.
He throws the football look okay.
First off, there was a penalty called here.
Pass interference and you could see it's all over pass interference big time.
But instead of throwing it out here out wide towards the sideline.
40 white, or to use his speed to create separation, he throws his football as a 50 50 ball for a little guy.
And how in the world T y Hilton comes down with that is just a testament to two wives, hands and his abilities because he is giving up height, size, strength, everything.
And then, of course, you know, holding So T.
Why does an amazing job on this catch? But Philip Rivers is still playing t y Hilton like he is.
Ah, Big 50 50 guy.
He still has yet to learn how to use him as the skill sets that T.
This is the game against the Browns, and quite frankly, T y Hilton was used to perfection.
This was the best game T Y Hilton had all season right up until last week, and they actually use T y skill sets, his size, his speed, his hands, his route running, that type of situation.
It's a 3rd and 13, and if you watch t y is gonna go in motion here, this corner and there's there's no chance.
There's no chance here.
It's a zone defense.
He catches the football, though.
This is 3rd and 13 year like, Why are you throwing it so short? But honestly, will you watch how this has played out? It's beautiful because Rivers throws this in stride for T y to catch this football in stride, to come around for to catch Thio, get the corner of the end zone.
If it wasn't for this safety right here, recognizing in this zone scheme, watch him watch him.
This is zone coverage, and as soon as Rivers throws this football, you see him ****ing.
He stops backpedaling in immediately brakes.
See how he breaks good angle.
Had he not broke that quick, T y would have beat the linebacker, the corner and him to the to the pylon for a touchdown.
Philip used t y perfectly on this play, and you would think well, now that they're starting to learn how to use him properly, maybe he'll start blowing up right.
Maybe he'll start having a much better season now that Philip Rivers to start to understand how to use this guy's abilities.
This was a great play, and the thing about Rivers is once he gets your speed and size down, his accuracy is there is one of the best in the NFL.
When it comes to that, we'll see what happens next game.
No, the next game against the Bengals Colts found themselves down 21.
Nothing by the end of the first quarter.
Which means Haiti.
Why is your big play guy? This should be a big game for T Y Hilton, but Philip Rivers is a guy who will hit the big play on the guy who's open at the time.
And quite frankly, we had multiple players playing very, very well in this game.
And that's why t Why did not get the targets t wise up here? You got Marcus Johnson down here, and if you watch on that play Marcus big time, wide open.
Great pass by Philip.
Easy, easy peasy.
But look, T y does a great job on his.
He takes a snap, comes out, cuts over right away.
Bam! He could have through that football.
He would have called it come back, probably got a first down, but he's looking right here.
He's like, Oh, my goodness, with this little little route combination going off if he could split these two defenders right here, Marcus Johnson's got a big time, big time play, possible touchdown.
So even though T Y is playing very well being open in the game, Philip Rivers is looking for big plays early and T Y was not getting those big plays called his way.
He was getting the Hey, you're our best sure handed receiver.
We wanna make sure you're there for the first down, so we keep drives alive because that's how you keep scoring.
Is keeping drives alive now, Had this not been here, Rivers, without a question, would have turned and threw that football.
And just to make a first down, keep the drive alive.
That way they can continue to score.
But since this was there and available, he throws the football he holds on.
He launches that bad boy and Marcus Johnson goes right up underneath there and catches it.
And that happened a few times for the comeback victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week five now on this play, there's not a lot to look at, other than the fact that something happens on this play.
That really puts T y Hilton back a little bit on the season, right? It is a a quick little screen pass to T Y Hilton right out here.
He pulls his growing in this in this play.
Now he plays one more, one more down.
Nice little quick, outpitch.
The blocking wasn't very good on the on the linebacker right there, but he pulls his groin on this play, cutting back right there, and he goes down and he plays one more play, which is a run player after that, And he's done.
He had 30 some percent of the snaps, and that's it in this game and had to go out.
And because of that, that's gonna hamper him because he's gonna We're gonna have to deal with a groin injury the next few weeks, and that is going to hamper anything that you get from T Y Hilton, even though you are starting to see how Philip Rivers is starting to understand how to use T y as the season.
What moves on now, T.
White completely misses the game in Week nine against the Baltimore Ravens due to that growing injury.
He comes back Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans.
And, as you could see right here at the bottom of the screen, Tennessee respects T Y speed.
Alright, They know they play them twice a year.
They know what kind of speed T y Hilton has Rivers now.
He's still not fully recovered from this groin injury.
Okay, he still does not have that cut and burst that he usually has.
But he still has that speed.
They still have to respect it because you never know.
So when you play this and you see my goodness, you're giving up 89 yards off of him instantaneously.
Rivers is going to go to that every time.
And they used that a few times in this game where there was just so much space that they were given t y in this game that they would use it for an easy, you know, a nine yard completions over and over and over.
He had I think five catches in this game but is just kind of get, um, kind of get back into the rhythm between Rivers and Hilton during a game being that they missed the game in Baltimore the previous week.
So this is kind of just basically getting that rhythm back to get ready for the next coming weeks as they show Let's go toe Week 11.
Now the Green Bay Packers game is something that you have to actually look at.
The game plan to realize why T.
Hilton did not blow up in this game.
The Green Bay Packers have a great pass defense.
Their past defense is one of the best in the NFL.
So how do you combat that two ways? Number one.
You run the football.
The Colts ran the football 36 freaking times against the Green Bay Packers.
That utterly limits how many times you can throw the football the other way.
You combat a great pass defense is by distributing the football to multiple people Onley.
One person had more than three catches in this game, and that was the running back Jonathan Taylor.
Three other players had three or four other players had three catches in this game, one of which was T y Hilton.
Now T y did a fine job playing in this game.
T y Hilton, If you look right here, this is a beautiful design.
Plat play to T y Hilton as you watch.
That was gorgeous, right? I mean, positively beautiful.
The way this design play was set up to open up that corner of the field as he comes in, that brings the corner in on man coverage.
Now you're gonna have a rubber out right here, or t y is gonna come out with linebacker covering him.
The linebacker covering him is going to have to cut outside.
That was a good switch from the linebacker to the corner, But because of the switch that still leaves t Y wide open, right, Philip Rivers throws a beautiful, beautiful paths to the outside corner toe where on Lee T.
Y Hilton can make this catch.
This is timing as perfect play right in stride, right on the money.
This is showing you right here.
That right now Philip Rivers and T y Hilton has it going on.
They have it going on right now in the Green Bay game, T y and rivers.
They know where each other are.
This is a play that uses T y Hilton Speed to get open, using a little bit of a rubber out, a little design play against a really good pass defense and uses this speed to get open.
And then Rivers, Of course, as I said, his accuracy once he understands, Ah, players size and speed and what they're good at, his accuracy is absolutely impeccable.
And you've seen that here on this play it was absolutely beautiful.
I can't think of another, another play that I would love to see show of combination of everything, everything.
This is play design.
This is route running.
This is selling by the receivers, and this is perfect throwing by Philip Rivers.
I mean, the route running T y turns on that corner right perfectly.
Green Bay could not have played this any better defensively, and yet that was just unable to be stopped, unable to be stopped.
And because of that.
Now we know T y Hilton and Philip Rivers have a connection going, and we're going to start to see it now.
Now, in the loss of Tennessee, this play right here epitomizes the connection that Philip Rivers and T y Hilton is having for the season.
This absolutely shows everything.
Now let's watch the play and then I'm going to show you exactly what in the world I'm talking about.
He does a great job.
There's a hand hand fighting to catch the run.
14 yards, easy peasy.
You're like, What in the world? How does that epitomize anything? Right? Well, let's watch.
Because first off, right off the bat, Rivers knows this is a back shoulder through immediately there playing man press.
He's got hands on Hilton, right hands on Hilton Hilton gets up. He knows.
Hey, he's getting Look, he's already throwing the football.
Hilton hasn't turned around.
He knows that Hilton's getting ready to turn around because the corners got his hands on him and they're pushing.
Which means that if Hilton turns around right now, that corner does not have the right bodies.
His body is not set to be able to stop and turn with Hilton right now, which means if he throws, Hilton is going and Hilton turns.
Right now, the corner is gonna end up moving away from Hilton.
He's not gonna be able to keep that tight coverage with him and the Funny thing is, Hilton knows this, too.
Hilton immediately stops in turns expecting the past.
Catches it plenty of space.
Both the quarterback and the receiver both knows when to make this.
Ah, back shoulder throw right here as soon as as soon as Rivers saw the hand fighting, he threw the football.
He's like, I know that Hilton knows that I'm throwing this football because of the hand fighting Hilton then turns catches the football turns upfield.
First down, that epitomizes everything that you could possibly think of.
Yes, this is supposed to be a back shoulder throw.
Anyhow, this is one where he's supposed to stop and turn catch the football.
But the fact that the matter was that both players, the quarterback and the receiver new when this was gonna happen because I don't think that he was going to do this.
I'm almost positive he was.
He was supposed to do this, B you know, after he reaches around this first down marker 99% of the time when you stop, you wanna be passed the first down marker for a first down.
Generally, this is a here and then come back But because of the hand fighting so close and personal, they cut that round off short between them, knowing that this was gonna be an easier completion because the corner was hand fighting with Hilton and was going to give him plenty of space when he stopped in turn.
That is great great play by both guys, recognizing the situation and adapting to it on the field.
If there is anything called a perfect storm for a player to break out in a season, it's T Y Hilton in NRG Stadium against the Houston Texans this past week, he's had plenty of time to get everything down with Philip Rivers.
Plus being that it's late in the season, plus the fact that it is widely known that T Y Hilton plays against the Texans in NRG Stadium, better than any other player plays in an opponent stadium in the NFL.
In today's NFL, I mean, period, the guy is almost guaranteed 100 yards every time he plays, and on this play, it shows everything.
It shows the reaction of Rivers knowing what what t y is gonna do.
It shows how much respect the Houston Texans have for T Y Hilton.
I mean, that was an 11 yard or at least 10 yards of separation here, right off the get T y.
Cuts inside stops nicely played by T y.
But even better by Philip.
Philip realizes what's going on here as he threw as T y stops to make the break as he's stopping to make the break.
Rivers is already throwing the football.
See, he's launching the football, but does he throw it here where a normal person would throw the football? Know why? Because he knows this corner is going to break inside.
He throws it to the outside of T Y Hilton, the outside, knowing that the corner is going to try to break inside to get the football.
But t y rivers through it to the outside.
So the tea, why could get away from the corner? It was a beautiful play all the way around.
Now would he had a better, better game right here? Otherwise, now think about this.
How do you throw the football here? He t y would have caught the ball but been tackled immediately.
Him placing the ball on the outside here gives t y a chance to shed him quickly by already cutting out to catch the football and having open field for what could have been what could have been a darn near 70 yard touchdown catch and run.
Had he shed that receiver fast or that cornerback fast enough? It didn't happen.
But as you could see, it sure could have.
It was just a shoestring tackle away from being one of the biggest plays of the game.
And that ain't it.
Not in this game.
What did I say earlier? When Philip Rivers understands how fast you are and and what you're good at? He is one of the most accurate passers in the NFL.
This is great play design, great pass, great route execution, everything by everybody involved.
You watch this play.
I mean, it's it's just beautiful.
Watch T Y right here.
Watch where Rivers puts this football.
I mean, it's perfect.
First off, great rub.
Great way of opening up this side of the field.
Look t wise all the way down here.
You've got three guys over here.
This play design is beautiful because all these guys clear out the entire left side of the field, all right? And in doing so you have a player who is legitimately creating the rub right here.
Give a little bit of separation.
He has to cut inside.
Look where Rivers places this football.
T White does not even have to slow down.
He's in the middle of his route perfectly right over his shoulder.
Now look here again, clearing this out, clearing this whole side of the field out.
There's no one out here, no one, because of a perfectly placed football.
T y Hilton is able to catch it at full speed and then just continue all the way to the end zone untouched.
And that was play design that was execution by every player knowing what their job, Waas, and beautifully recognized by the quarterback Philip Rivers, with not only great accuracy but leading the receiver perfectly toe where he doesn't have to break stride.
This is absolutely gorgeous, man.
I mean gorgeous.
Pittman's had his breakout game of the year.
Key Wise had his breakout game of the year.
Taylor's had his breakout game of the year, and for the past seven weeks, Philip Rivers has looked really, really good.
They're all coming on strong for the finish of the 2020 NFL season.
So that's my film room.
I hope you enjoyed my film room of T.
Y Hilton and why it taking him so long to really get into a groove in this 2020 season? Obviously, starting off with a new quarterback that's usedto bigger receivers kind of hampered T y Hilton what he could do because Philip didn't understand exactly how to use him, where the ball placement was supposed to be things of that nature.
And then, of course, we had an injury about midway through with that groin, which kind of hampered that as well.
But now Philip understanding T y also having other weapons that he could throw to was at Paschal.
The return of Michael Pittman Junior.
You will see T wise targets go up.
You will see his numbers go up, especially since the Colts are starting to get their ground game going now, which means the play action feeds right into what T y Hilton does best.
So, man, I'm excited about seeing Philip Rivers and T y Hilton the rest of the season, especially now that T Y is over that groin injury and it's coming to the end of the year in T Y does his best games at the end of the year.
Don't forget, this is This is a contract year for T Y Hilton.
A contract year and his numbers airway down.
So expect him to be playing his best, going forward to try to show.
Hey, he still has it, and he's gonna be putting up some big numbers very soon.
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