Indianapolis Colts: 2013 Week 2 MIA at IND

T.Y. Hilton has a career day in the loss

September, 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Something had to change for Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton. He was an afterthought in their Week 1 victory over Oakland after having an impressive enough preseason that an argument could have been made for him to open the season as the team’s second receiver opposite Reggie Wayne.

Hilton proved that when he had six catches for a career-high 124 yards against Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsT.Y. Hilton had six catches for 124 yards against against the Dolphins.
“It felt pretty good but you know we got the loss so I got to do better and just hopefully I can do my best,” Hilton said.

That’s just Hilton being humble.

Coach Chuck Pagano, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and quarterback Andrew Luck spent the days leading up to the game answering questions about the lack of involvement Hilton had in the offense against the Raiders. Hilton was targeted five times and had three catches for 20 yards against Oakland. Fullback Stanley Havili was on the field for more plays (26) than Hilton (24) in Week 1.

That won't cut it.

It was obvious the Colts made Hilton a focus in the offense early Sunday. He had three catches for 54 yards by the end of the first quarter.

“We knew we had to get him back involved,” Pagano said. “We made big plays and he made huge plays. It was good to see him get back and have the number of catches and big plays. He’s an explosive guy.”

Hilton’s best catch came late in the first half when he went over the top of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes and hauled in a 47-yard pass down the right sideline. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored four plays later.

Hilton had already set a career high in receiving yards by the end of the first half.

“We know T.Y.’s a stud,” Luck said. “The one he caught on the right side before the end of the half was something special. We know he’s a phenomenal football player.”

But Hilton vanished in the second half. Luck targeted him three times, but he didn’t have any more catches.

“I didn’t give T.Y. good enough balls on some of his routes, a chance for him to get up there and make plays,” Luck said. “So I think a lot of that burden falls on me.”

Hilton’s importance in the offense could increase because Darrius Heyward-Bey missed the second half with a shoulder injury. He’s scheduled to get an MRI on his shoulder.

Locker Room Buzz: Indianapolis Colts

September, 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Indianapolis Colts' 24-20 loss to Miami Dolphins.

Heyward-Bey to be checked out: Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is scheduled to get an MRI on his shoulder. He was injured when he went up in traffic and came down hard deep in Miami territory in the second quarter. He left the game and didn’t return. “We’ll see what happens,” Heyward-Bey said.

An empty locker room: Many of the Colts hung around the locker room for quite a while after their Week 1 victory over Oakland. That wasn’t the case Sunday. The players quickly addressed the media and headed out the door after they gave up too many big plays to quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense.

Hope the officials are right: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne said he hopes the officials didn’t make mistake on the illegal-shift penalty they called on him in the third quarter that took away what would have been tight end Coby Fleener's second touchdown catch. The Colts ended up having to settle for a 38-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal. “I hope that they’re right, 'cause if they’re wrong, it’s probably going to be a tough pill to swallow,” Wayne said.

Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 24, Colts 20

September, 15, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- Some quick thoughts on the Miami Dolphins' 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts from Lucas Oil Stadium.

What it means: It was no secret that Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace would get a fair share of balls thrown his way after he complained last week then tried to clear it up the next day. Wallace was effective all game, but his best catch led to the game-winning score for the Dolphins. Colts cornerback Greg Toler fell for Wallace’s fake, then tried -- and failed -- to grab the Dolphins receiver as he ran by him. Wallace made the 34-yard catch at the Colts' 1-yard line. Dolphins fullback Charles Clay ran it in on the next play to give Miami a 24-20 lead. Wallace finished with nine catches for 115 yards.

Stock watch: The Colts were on their way, driving down for possibly the go-ahead score when quarterback Andrew Luck tried to force the ball to receiver Reggie Wayne in the end zone. Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes stepped in front of the pass for the interception. The ball shouldn’t have even been thrown by Luck. He was trying to make something out of nothing on the play. The interception snapped a streak of 164 passes without a pick for Luck. The streak was the sixth longest in franchise history. The Colts shot themselves in the foot most of the game. Luck had completed a touchdown pass to tight Coby Fleener in the third quarter. That’s what the Colts thought, at least. The touchdown was voided because the Colts were called for an illegal shift. They ended up having to settle for a field goal.

Taking a hit with injuries: Colts starting left guard Donald Thomas had to be carted off with a right knee injury. Hugh Thornton replaced him in the lineup. Then starting receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey left the game and didn’t return because of a rib injury.

What’s next: The Colts play their first road game of the season when they travel to San Francisco to take on quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' read-option offense next Sunday.