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2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 15

Intro: Get a weekly look into the performance of the Indianapolis Colts’ rookies, continuing today with their stats and highlights through the first 14 weeks of the 2016 season.


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 15 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:

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.

Blythe, however, was inactive on Sunday, for a fourth straight week, in the Colts' loss to the Houston Texans.


Le'Raven Clark, tackle:** Clark on Sunday was active for the first time in four weeks, and even was thrust into game action after left guard Jack Mewhort, who would not return, and then center Ryan Kelly, who did eventually return, left the game with knee injuries. Clark, in total, played five snaps at right tackle against the Texans.

In all, Clark, the Colts' third round (82nd-overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has been active in Weeks 1, 4, 7, 9 and 14.

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 Texans, Farley played in a game-high 22 special teams snaps.

In all, Farley has been credited with one tackle on defense, and continues to lead the team with 11 special teams tackles.

Josh Ferguson, running back: Ferguson played 14 snaps, all on special teams, in Sunday's loss to the Texans. He registered a special teams tackle on a first quarter kickoff, and also returned a kickoff of his own for 14 yards in the third quarter.

In all, Ferguson, who went undrafted out of Illinois, has 20 receptions for 136 yards on the year, with 13 rushes for 19 yards on the ground. He also has Three kickoff returns for 61 yards (20.3-yard average), one punt return with no yards, and has two special teams tackles.

T.J. Green, safety: Green had two tackles and a pass defensed in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. In all, the Colts' second-round pick out of Clemson played in 23 defensive and six special teams snaps.

For the season, Green has been credited with 31 total tackles on defense with three quarterback hits and three passes defensed.

Joe Haeg, tackle: Haeg once again played musical chairs on Sunday, as he moved around from his starting position at right guard to left guard when Mewhort went down with his knee injury. Haeg was once again among the most active members of the Colts' 53-man roster in the game, as he played in 70 total snaps — 66 on offense and four on special teams.

The fifth-round pick, in all, has started the last 11 games for the Colts at the left guard, right guard and right tackle positions.

Ryan Kelly, center: Kelly battled through a minor knee injury — and missed a snap due to a lost shoe — to come back in Sunday's game to play 55 snaps with the offense.

The Colts' first-round (18th overall) pick out of Alabama has started all 13 games for Indianapolis at center this season.

Deon King, inside linebacker: King on Sunday played his first game of the season with the Colts, logging 11 snaps, all on special teams.

He was claimed off waivers by the Colts on Nov. 15, 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.

Christopher Milton, cornerback: Milton on Sunday played in 15 snaps, all on special teams, against the Texans.

The undrafted Georgia Tech product has one special teams tackle on the season, and has played in 18 defensive and 48 special teams snaps in three games for Indianapolis.

Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker: Morrison on Sunday earned his first-career start, playing at the MIKE linebacker position in place of D'Qwell Jackson, who is suspended the final four games of the season.

Morrison finished second on the team with nine total tackles on the day, and played in 48 defensive and 12 special teams snaps in all.

For the season, Morrison has been credited with 24 total tackles, one quarterback hit and eight special teams tackles, which is tied for the third most on the team.

Luke Rhodes, inside linebacker: Rhodes, who was signed to the Colts' practice squad on Oct. 4, made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Texans, playing in 10 snaps, all on special teams.

Rhodes is an undrafted William & Mary product, where he started 45-of-47 games and finished with 341 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 19 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception, and was a three-time First Team All-Colonia Athletic Association selection.


Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle:** Ridgeway had the best performance of his rookie season on Sunday against the Texans, collecting five total tackles and the first full sack of his career, while adding a quarterback hit, in his third-career start.

The fourth-round pick, who played in 43 defensive and 11 special teams snaps on Sunday, has been credited with 21 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, five quarterback hits and a pass defensed

Chester Rogers, wide receiver: Rogers was targeted twice and had one catch for 21 yards on Sunday against the Texans, and also returned two punts for four yards, with a fair catch. He played in 18 snaps on offense and three snaps on special teams.

On the season, Rogers has caught 12 passes for 177 yards (14.8 yards per catch average), and has returned 11 punts for 77 yards (7 yards per return).

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