The New England Patriots, as they should be, are apparently worried about T.Y. Hilton in this coming Saturday's AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots are so focused on Hilton that this week they signed a player to the practice squad who resembles Hilton physically.
The Patriots signed Reggie Dunn to the practice squad Monday. Dunn is a free agent receiver out of Utah, who was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers last April. Dunn is very similar physically to Hilton. Both stand at 5-9 and weigh 178 pounds. Dunn is a little quicker than Hilton running a 4.24 40 at Central Florida's pro day last spring. Hilton's fastest 40 was a 4.28 at FIU's pro day.
Like Hilton at FIU and in the NFL, Dunn can also return kicks. Dunn returned an NCAA record, five 100-yard kick returns for touchdowns at Utah.
Patriots No. 1 defensive back Aqib Talib, who will likely cover Hilton Saturday, told ESPN that he thought Dunn is providing the Pats defense a good look on Hilton.
"He did a good job. He came in and ran fast, he ran through the defense, he ran under routes," Talib said. "He did what T.Y. Hilton does. He came out there, read what they had on the card, and ran fast and gave us a good look."
While Hilton wore No. 4 at FIU, Dunn wore No. 14 at Utah.
And this was from Pats coach Bill Belichick's press conference today and his take on what makes Hilton such a good receiver:
"Obviously his production. He’s productive at all three levels of the defense. He’s a vertical receiver, he’s a good intermediate receiver and he’s a good catch-and-run short receiver that can turn short plays into big plays. He’s a dynamic player that can hurt you in a lot of different ways. He’s a good route runner, he’s fast, he can get down the field but he can take a short play and turn it into a long run. He doesn’t need a lot of space. He’s a good catcher; he really does everything pretty well."