T.Y. Hilton's role in the Colts offense was diminished on Sunday and that needs to change. It starts with the coaches getting him involved.

Ask any Colts fan who the player of the preseason was and they'll give you one of two answers: either outside linebacker Caesar Rayford or wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Now Rayford is gone having been traded to the Dallas Cowboys and Hilton wasn't near as involved during the first regular season game as most expected or would like.

He caught only 3 passes for 20 yards and had only 5 official targets all game. I went back and watched every snap he was on the field for and as an offense with Hilton on the field Luck completed 12 of 16 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns the team rushed 5 times for 51 yards and a touchdown (with 2 carries for 28 yards and the score coming via Luck on designed pass plays) Luck was sacked twice and three plays were negated due to penalties (and a fourth should have been as well).

So let's just break this down a little by looking at the numbers the individual plays that Hilton was directly involved and how Pep Hamilton can get him more involved this week - and why it's important to do that.

Firstly it was obvious that the offense was better with Hilton in the game. Many people have attributed that to the fact that this offense is better in a three wide receiver set but I'd inversely attribute the success of the offense in a three wide set to T.Y. Hilton. There was only one time they ran a 3 wide set without Hilton on Sunday (with Griff Whalen as the third WR) and only one time that they ran a 2 wide receiver set with Hilton in the game (with Hilton in the game instead of Darrius Heyward-Bey). That means that all but one play Hilton was on the field when they went 3 WR and only one play without Hilton was run from a 3 wide set.

What also stood out to me was the fact that when Hilton was in the game it was almost always a passing play. On 20 plays Hilton was in it was a designed pass play and on only 3 plays was it a designed run. Granted two of the designed passes ended up as scrambles and two of them ended up as sacks but the intent of the play was a pass.