There's a pretty solid chance that the Ravens' scouting report on the Indianapolis Colts' offense includes a few bolded reminders about how dangerous wide receiver T.Y. Hilton can be as a deep threat.
Hilton is one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL, having run the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds.
"We just can't let him take the top off the defense," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said.
Hilton emerged last season as a pivotal figure in the Colts' offense, catching a career-high 82 passes for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns. During a playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Hilton set postseason franchise records with 13 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound receiver's yardage total against the Chiefs was the third-most by a receiver in NFL playoff history.
"Yeah, Hilton's a great player," said Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson, who will likely match up often with Hilton on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium if Jimmy Smith is assigned to shadow Reggie Wayne. "Just watching him on film, he's really turned into a great player running deep routes. He's really quick in and out of his breaks. He makes a lot of his routes look the same. It's going to be a challenge for us this week."
Hilton hasn't scored a touchdown this season, but he's averaging 13.2 yards per reception. In his third NFL season, the former Florida International standout has already caught 154 passes for 2,235 yards and a dozen touchdowns in his career.
"T.Y. Hilton is a great deep threat," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "You're playing in the back end in this league or any league really, I don't care if it's Pop Warner, you better keep the receivers in front of you. If you don't do that, you're going to be in for a long afternoon or night."