Where Does T.Y. Hilton Rank Amongst Top Rookie WRs?
After an impressive Week 12 performance that included 111 return yards and two total touchdowns, T.Y. Hilton proved his validity as a top rookie wideout.
This has not been a particularly amazing group of young pass catchers, with only four players solidifying themselves as legitimate and viable weapons thus far.
Where do these players rank and is Hilton in the top spot?
Let's start in St. Louis...
4. Chris Givens
Stats: 21 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns
Chris Givens has not been spectacular at any point this season, but he has provided a consistent target for QB Sam Bradford to throw to.
Givens may only have 17 receptions, but he is averaging 20.7 yards per catch and is a tremendous vertical threat that helps stretch the field for the St. Louis offense. His best game came against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 as he caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Givens has been targeted at least five times in every game since Week 5.
3. Kendall Wright
Stats: 43 catches for 390 yards and four touchdowns
The Tennessee Titans' passing game has been in a constant state of flux throughout 2012. Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker have both spent time under center, but Kendall Wright has played well regardless of who is throwing him the ball.
Wright has five games of at least five receptions and has proven to be a solid option opposite Kenny Britt. He is exceedingly fast and can cause all kinds of mismatches when lined up in the slot.
Surprisingly, Wright does not have a catch over 35 yards this season.
2. Justin Blackmon
Stats: 33 catches for 486 yards and two touchdowns
Now the real decision has to be made. Has Blackmon or Hilton been more impressive?
Blackmon's 236-yard performance against the Houston Texans in Week 11 has to be recognized, but he has failed to put together as complete a 2012 campaign as Hilton.
Still, Blackmon has quickly risen from the potential bust moniker to the status of rookie stud. The Jacksonville Jaguars QB change from Blaine Gabbert to Chad Henne has undoubtedly helped and it revealed that Blackmon has been developing properly.
He is averaging 14.7 yards per reception and has been targeted 19 times in the last two weeks.
1. T.Y. Hilton
Stats: 33 catches for 488 yards and five touchdowns
T.Y. Hilton has built up a solid chemistry with fellow rookie Andrew Luck and it has shown throughout the season.
Hilton has three games of over 100 yards receiving and four games of at least eight targets. Luck is looking Hilton's way early and often in contests. Finding ways to get the speedy wideout the ball has been a must for the Colts and that includes unleashing him in the return game.
Hilton is a multi-faceted weapon that adds versatility and energy to the Indianapolis roster. Blackmon may have more pure talent, but this Colts receiver has played the best of any rookie WR so far.