HOUSTON — Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton could not name NRG Stadium his second house after the best way he performed Thursday evening towards the Texans.
As an alternative, Hilton stated the Colts’ 20-17 loss was “100 %” on him after he struggled in his return following a three-game absence due to a calf harm.
“I let the staff down,” stated Hilton, who completed with three catches, none within the second half, for 18 yards in arguably his worst efficiency in eight profession video games in Houston. “Completely on me.”
Hilton went into Thursday’s contest averaging 133.three receiving yards towards the Texans in Houston. He joked prior to now that NRG Stadium was a second house for him.
“When somebody says that is their house, they’re insulting me,” stated Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who had six catches for 94 yards and two scores. “T.Y. is a superb participant. That is my boy. However I take issues like that personally. I did not know that till you simply stated that, as a result of I am probably not within the media. However he is performed some wonderful video games right here. [Thursday] wasn’t their day.”
That Hilton even performed Thursday could possibly be thought of shocking. Since injuring his calf in observe on Oct. 30, he practiced simply as soon as, on Wednesday. Even then, the Colts solely held a walk-through, as a result of that is what they routinely do the day earlier than video games.
Colts coach Frank Reich stated the plan was to play Hilton not more than 30 snaps as a result of it was his first recreation since Oct. 27 towards the Denver Broncos. Hilton, who admitted he was sore, ended up enjoying 25 snaps.
“I give him credit score for desirous to be on the sector,” Reich stated. “We knew even when we might get him on the sector for 20, 30 performs, a few of it was simply as a decoy so hopefully [the Texans] would roll the protection to him or do one thing like that and provides us an opportunity to run it somewhat bit higher. In order that was a part of the plan.”
Hilton spent many of the recreation being a decoy, then failed to return via when the Colts wanted him. He dropped a move alongside Houston’s sideline on third-and-Four late within the third quarter when the Colts had been making an attempt to carry on to a 17-13 lead. On the Colts’ subsequent possession, Hilton dropped one other third-down move deep alongside the sideline within the fourth quarter after the Texans had gone up 20-17.
“I’ve to make that,” Hilton stated. “That is what I receives a commission for. I’ve to make them. A hundred percent on me.”