WR T.Y. Hilton
In his relatively brief appearance, the second-year wide receiver was the best offensive player on the field. He made three catches for 61 yards and one score. And the touchdown reception was a thing of beauty. Hilton stretched out completely for a deep ball from Matt Hasselbeck, caught the football on his finger tips, had the presence of mind to wrap his arm under it in mid-air and landed with a 45-yard touchdown.
All grades are incomplete in the preseason. The highlights were Hilton’s TD grab and a rushing offense that averaged a robust 4.5 yards on just 16 carries. Lowlights included three turnovers — two interceptions and a fumble — and the play of the third-string offense which failed to score a point and put up just 64 total yards in the second half.
The bend-but-don’t-break philosophy was in full effect early with the Colts twice stalling Bills’ drives in the red zone and holding them to field goals. But third-string quarterback Jeff Tuel lit up the Indianapolis reserves in the second half, connecting on 19 of 23 passes for 212 yards and two scores.
Special teams: Inc.
Not a lot of good things here. Pat McAfee had a net average of 43.6 yards and dropped three of his seven punts inside the 20-yard line, and Hilton had a nifty 15-yard punt return. But the kickoff coverage team allowed 181 yards on three returns, including a 107-yard TD to Marquise Goodwin, and the Colts’ own return game struggled with four drives starting inside their own 20.