Schalter: T.Y. Hilton primed for a sophomore slump

The sophomore slump trend for quarterbacks may be overrated, as CA's Josh Boeke pointed out earlier this month, but in reality some impressive rookies have a down sophomore season every single year. Ty Schalter of Bleacher Report attempts to single out a few 2012 rookies that could regress in 2013, noting T.Y. Hilton's poor hands and route running in 2012 as reasons he could have a down year in 2013.

The arrival of free agent Darrius Heyward-Bey, however, should cut into Hilton's numbers quite a bit. Heyward-Bey is bigger, more experienced and has been productive in the NFL despite working one of the league's worst quarterback situations throughout his still-young career.

Furthermore, Hilton's poor hands and route-running are due to catch up with him; Pro Football Focus ranked Hilton 80th out of 105 qualifying wide receivers in 2012. If Hilton isn't benefiting from all of the deep shots, his numbers will take a serious hit.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.