Indianapolis Colts wide receiver TY Hilton had somewhat of a breakout period during the 2013 NFL playoffs when he came up with 24 receptions and 327 receiving yards in two post-season games.
Hilton was outstanding against the Kansas City Chiefs as he gained 224 yards and scored two touchdowns, while a week later he gained another 103 yards on six receptions at the Patriots. Those stats made for some bold predictions for the wideout coming into this season which he hasn't lived up to. But maybe just maybe last week's massive performance against the Houston Texans can provide the catalyst for Hilton to have a breakout out year in 2014.
Hilton coming to the fore
The speedy wideout caught nine balls last week against the Texans for 223 receiving yards and one touchdown. It was an outstanding performance as he destroyed the Texans stout defense with his speed and agility.
He was so close to breaking the Colts' single game receiving record which says something when the Colts have had retired premier wideout Marvin Harrison and the veteran Reggie Wayne light it up over the years.
The new Nelson
But rather than taking the shape of those Colts' great, Hilton is looking more and more like a version of arguably the best receiver in the league, as he looks set to become the new Jordy Nelson.
Nelson is obviously taller than Hilton but both players have similar strengths and weaknesses and the ability to outstrip a defense. The Green Bay Packers wideout has been a dominant force in the league for the last four seasons, and was a key cog in the Packers' machine that won the Super Bowl a few years ago.
Back then, Nelson was the second or third best wideout on the Packers roster, definitely behind Greg Jennings at the time. But now in his seventh year in the NFL, Nelson has become the Packers number one wideout and the NFL's best in terms of receiving yards this season.
Top five potential
Aged only 24 and in his third season in the NFL, Hilton has the chance to become the new Jordy Nelson. I know Nelson is actually in his prime now, but the idea is that Hilton can become the next number one wideout with the same skill set as Nelson.
And by skill set we mean the fact that Nelson plays hard even though he doesn't have the strength of a players such as Brandon Marshall or Calvin Johnson. Nelson does things his way, and this writer believes that Hilton has the potential to become a top five wideout in the NFL and take over the reigns as the number speedster receiver.