Sep 5, 2015; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Morgan State Bears head coach Lee Hull reacts to a play in the first quarter against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
One of his wide receivers, T.Y. Hilton, was the league’s receiving title king–featuring career highs of 91 receptions and 1,448 total receiving yards (the latter which led the league) along with 6 touchdown receptions.
However, what may have cost Hull his job (and again, this is still speculation) is the lack of development from former 2015 first round pick Phillip Dorsett, who underwent a pretty underwhelming 2nd-year season.
The blazing fast Dorsett had just 33 receptions for 528 total receiving yards and 2 touchdown receptions.
Meanwhile, despite catching a team-high 7 touchdown receptions, starting wide receiver Donte Moncrief saw his season derailed by injuries–missing 7 games. The 3rd-year wide receiver managed just 30 receptions for 307 total receiving yards otherwise.
Dec 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (15) celebrates his touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Colts won 34-6. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
However, one bright spot for Hull lower on the depth chart was the emergence of undrafted rookie wideout Chester Rogers, who because of injuries, caught 19 receptions for 273 total receiving yards and looks like an intriguing young wide receiver for the team going forward.
Not to mention, that outside of Hilton, some of the team’s other wide receivers struggled getting open and gaining consistent separation.
While the team’s wide receivers weren’t the Colts biggest weakness last season by any means (namely, the defense and pass protection were), the unit does need to continue to improve outside of Hilton to provide starting Andrew Luck with more reliable targets going forward.