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2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Final Edition

Intro: Get a final, comprehensive look into the performance of the Indianapolis Colts’ rookies throughout the 2016 season.


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Final Edition 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:• Austin Blythe, center: Blythe was inactive for a second straight week for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, two weeks after being activated and playing in the Colts' victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

In all, Blythe, the Colts' seventh-round (248th-overall) pick out of Iowa, started one game in 2016 — Week 4 against the Jaguars in London — and was active in eight of the team's 16 games (Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 15).**

• Le'Raven Clark, tackle:** Clark earned his third straight start — and the third start of his career — on Sunday against the Jaguars, playing 71 snaps with the offense at right tackle and five snaps on special teams in the Colts' season-ending victory.

Clark, the Colts' third-round (82nd-overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, appears to have established himself as a player to watch for the offseason. He was active for eight of the team's 16 games in all in 2016 (Weeks 1, 4, 7, 9, 14, 15, 16 and 17).• Matthias Farley, safety: Farley got in some significant time with the defense on Sunday against the Jaguars, playing 43 snaps at safety, while also playing 25 special teams snaps, in the Colts' victory. In all, he collected two tackles on defense on the day.

Farley, who went undrafted out of Notre Dame, enjoyed a productive rookie season as a key special teams contributor for the Colts in 2016, as his 12 special teams tackles led the entire team. He also finished with four tackles on defense, playing in all 16 games.• Josh Ferguson, running back: Ferguson was relegated to a special teams-only role against the Jaguars, playing 11 snaps on Sunday.

For the season, Ferguson — who went undrafted out of Illinois — played in all 16 games, running the ball 15 times for 20 yards, while catching 20 passes for 136 yards. Ferguson also had four kick returns for 80 yards, and returned a punt for no gain, while also contributing two tackles on special teams.• T.J. Green, safety: Green on Sunday earned his fourth start at free safety for the Colts, collecting three total tackles in the win against the Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.

For the season, the second-round (57th-overall) pick out of Clemson played in 15 total games, and tied Erik Walden for seventh on the team with 46 total tackles. He also had three quarterback hits and three passes defensed.• Joe Haeg, tackle: Haeg wrapped up an impressive rookie season on Sunday, as the fifth-round pick earned his 14th start, again at right guard, in the Colts' victory over the Jaguars.

In all, Haeg played 71 snaps with the offense, and five snaps on special teams.

He finishes his first NFL season having become the first NFL rookie to start at three positions along the offensive line (left guard, right guard and right tackle) since Kyle Turley, a first-round pick, accomplished that feat in 1998, and seems poised to be a regular up front for the Colts for years to come.• Ryan Kelly, center: Kelly played and started in his 16th game at center on Sunday in the Colts' comeback victory against the Jaguars, playing in 71 snaps with the offense, and even earning a tackle after a fumble in the fourth quarter.

Kelly gave the Colts exactly what they thought they were getting when they took him 18th-overall out of Alabama: an immediate starter and leader at the center position, where he should be an anchor with quarterback Andrew Luck for many seasons.• Deon King, inside linebacker: King played 11 snaps, all on special teams, in Sunday's victory over the Jaguars.

In all, King, who was claimed off waivers by the Colts on Nov. 15, played in four games with Indianapolis after the undrafted free agent out of Norfolk State played in two games earlier in the season with the San Diego Chargers, logging a tackle.

With the Colts, he was credited with two special teams tackles.• Christopher Milton, cornerback: Milton earned his first-career start on Sunday against the Jaguars, collecting three tackles and a pass defensed on defense and a special teams tackle in the victory. In all, he was one of the more active members of the Colts' roster on Sunday, playing 70 snaps with the defense and 13 snaps on special teams.

An undrafted Georgia Tech product, Milton played in six total games in his rookie season, and was credited with six total tackles and two passes defensed, as well as four special teams stops.• Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker: Morrison on Sunday earned his fourth straight start at the MIKE linebacker position, and tied Darryl Morris for team-high honors with eight total tackles, as well as a tackle for loss, in the Colts' victory over the Jaguars.

Morrison, who played 71 snaps on defense and eight on special teams, also was credited with an incomplete pass on a botched blocked punt play in the fourth quarter.

For the season, the fourth-round (125th-overall) pick out of Florida was credited with 45 total tackles (three tackles for loss) and a quarterback hit on defense, while he finished fifth on the team with eight special teams tackles. He played in all 16 games with four starts.• Luke Rhodes, inside linebacker: Rhodes played 11 special teams snaps in Sunday's victory over the Jaguars.

Rhodes, an undrafted William & Mary product, was signed to the Colts' practice squad on Oct. 4, and played in the team's final four games of the season, making his NFL debut Week 14 against the Houston Texans. He was credited with one special teams tackle on the year.**

• Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle:** Ridgeway played 22 defensive and 10 special teams snaps on Sunday against the Jaguars, earning a tackle in the win.

The fourth-round (116th-overall) pick out of Texas, in all, was credited with 23 total tackles (two for a loss), 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hits and one pass defensed on the season. He also gave the Colts their only blocked kick on special teams.

Ridgeway played in all 16 games with five starts for the Colts in 2016.• Chester Rogers, wide receiver: Rogers had a busy day both as a receiver and as a returner for the Colts in their win against the Jaguars.

On offense, he played 41 snaps and had four receptions (on seven total targets) for 72 yards, finishing second on the team. On special teams, he played four snaps, and fair caught three punts.

Rogers, an undrafted Grambling State product who earned a spot on the team's final 53-man roster after an impressive performance in training camp and during the regular season, finishes his rookie season with 19 receptions for 273 yards (an average of 14.4 yards per catch) in 14 games with two starts.

He also improved greatly as the team's punt returner after a season-ending injury to Quan Bray, and had 13 returns for 119 yards — an average of 9.2 yards per return — with a long of 30 yards. He also fair caught 12 punts.

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