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2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Bye Week

Intro: Get a weekly look into the performance of the Indianapolis Colts’ rookies, continuing today with their stats and highlights through the first nine weeks of the 2016 season.


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Bye Week version of the 2016 Colts Rookie Watch, where we take a look at the stats and highlights to track the progress of each rookie on the Indianapolis Colts' roster.

So, without further ado, here we go:


Game highlights from the Colts win over the Packers at Lambeau Field.

• Austin Blythe, center:** Blythe has been a key backup and spot starter along the Colts' offensive line this season, starting at right tackle Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in place of an injured Joe Reitz.

On Sunday in the Colts victory against the Green Bay Packers, Blythe played five snaps, all on special teams.

• Le'Raven Clark, tackle: Clark was active on Sunday against the Packers for the fourth time this season, playing five snaps — all special teams — in the win.

In all, Clark, the Colts' third round (82nd-overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has been active in Weeks 1, 4, 7 and 9.

• Matthias Farley, safety: Farley, who went undrafted out of Notre Dame, has been key to the depth of the Colts' secondary this season, but his main role thus far has been on special teams.

On Sunday against the Packers, Farley played in team-high 26 special teams snaps.

• Josh Ferguson, running back: Ferguson played five offensive and 11 special teams snaps on Sunday against the Packers, catching one pass for nine yards in the second quarter.

In all, Ferguson, who went undrafted out of Illinois, has 20 receptions for 136 yards on the year, with eight rushes for eight yards on the ground.

• T.J. Green, safety: Green had an active day against the Packers, playing in a team-high 79 total snaps — 69 on defense and 10 on special teams — as he earned the start at strong safety with veteran Mike Adams out with an injury.

In all, Green had six tackles — tying for the third most on the team — as well as a quarterback hit on Aaron Rodgers. He also intercepted a Rodgers pass in the third quarter, but the play was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty called on Zach Kerr.

So far, Green — the Colts' second-round (57th overall) pick this year out of Clemson, has been credited with 25 total tackles, two quarterback hits and two passes defensed on the year.

• Joe Haeg, tackle: Haeg got his seventh straight start, getting the nod at right tackle after playing left guard the previous two weeks, on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Haeg — the Colts' fifth-round (155th overall) pick this year out of North Dakota State — has started at three different positions along the offensive line: left guard, right guard and right tackle. Against the Packers, Haeg was once again among the most active members of the Colts' 53-man roster, as he played in 73 total snaps — 68 on offense and five on special teams.

• Ryan Kelly, center: Kelly was picked No. 18 overall by the Colts in the first round of the NFL Draft, and, as expected, he's been firmly entrenched as the team's starting center through the first nine weeks of the season.

On Sunday against the Packers, Kelly played in all 68 of the team's offensive snaps.

• Marcus Leak, wide receiver: Leak — an undrafted rookie out of Maryland — was signed to the team's practice squad Oct. 18, and then brought up to the active roster on Tuesday.

A Charlotte, N.C., native, Leak played in 27 games (with 16 starts) for the Terrapins in three seasons, totaling 55 catches for 775 yards and six receiving touchdowns.

• Curt Maggitt, outside linebacker: Maggitt returned to the Colts' lineup on Sunday after missing two games with an ankle injury. In all, he played in six defensive and 11 special teams snaps, earning a special teams tackle on a Pat McAfee punt in the third quarter in the win over the Packers.

Maggitt — one of the top pass rushers in college football before suffering a season-ending injury early in his senior year — was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee on May 2. He's been credited with two tackles on defense and two special teams tackles thus far.

• Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker: Morrison, the Colts' fourth round (125th overall) pick in this year's NFL Draft, played in 21 snaps — all on special teams — on Sunday against the Packers.

For the season, Morrison has 13 total tackles and one quarterback hit, and he has four special teams stops.

• Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle: Ridgeway, who was also selected in the fourth round (116th overall) in this year's NFL Draft, appeared in his ninth regular season game on Sunday against the Packers, and was credited with one tackle. He played in 32 defensive and six special teams snaps.

In all, Ridgeway has 12 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and a pass defensed on the season.

• Chester Rogers, wide receiver: Rogers, an undrafted rookie out of Grambling State, returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing the previous game with a hamstring/foot issue.

He played in one offensive and four special teams snaps, serving as the team's primary punt returner. In all, he returned two punts for three yards — with one muffed return that bounced out of bounds — and also had a fair catch.

On the season, Rogers has caught 11 passes for 156 yards (14.2 yards per catch average), and he has returned five punts for 27 yards.

• Frankie Williams, cornerback: Williams, an undrafted member of the secondary out of Purdue, last week was elevated to the Colts' active roster from the practice squad, as the team's No. 1 cornerback, Vontae Davis, deals with a concussion. He played in 10 total defensive and 20 special teams snaps, logging his first-career NFL tackle.

Williams was also active in the Colts' Week 6 matchup against the Houston Texans, when he logged six special teams snaps in his NFL debut.

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