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2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 16

Intro: Get a weekly look into the performance of the Indianapolis Colts’ rookies, continuing today with their stats and highlights through the first 15 weeks of the 2016 season.


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 16 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: With some injuries up front on the offensive line, Blythe was active and played on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

In all, Blythe played in eight offensive snaps — including running back Robert Turbin's one-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter — and seven special teams snaps on Sunday.

Blythe, who has started one game this season, has now been active in Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 15.


• Le'Raven Clark, tackle:** Clark earned his first career start on Sunday, playing 68 snaps at right tackle in the Colts' win over the Vikings. He was part of an offensive line that allowed no sacks of Andrew Luck, and pushed its way forward for a season-high-tying 161 rushing yards.

Clark, the Colts' third-round (82nd-overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was active in a game on Sunday for a second straight week. He has now been active in Weeks 1, 4, 7, 9, 14 and 15.

• 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 Vikings, Farley played eight snaps with the defense and 17 snaps on special teams, registering a tackle with both units.

In all, Farley has been credited with two tackles on defense, and continues to lead the team with 12 special teams tackles.

• Josh Ferguson, running back: Ferguson played two snaps with the offense and eight special teams snaps in Sunday's win over the Vikings. He had two rushes for one yard on the day.

In all, Ferguson, who went undrafted out of Illinois, has 20 receptions for 136 yards on the year, with 15 rushes for 20 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 was one of the Colts' top defensive playmakers in Sunday's win over the Vikings, tying Edwin Jackson for team-high honors with seven tackles.

In all, Green played 28 snaps on defense and two snaps on special teams against Minnesota.

For the season, the second-round (57th-overall) pick out of Clemson has been credited with 38 tackles, three quarterback hits and three passes defensed.

• Joe Haeg, tackle: Haeg once again got the start at right guard on Sunday against the Vikings, and was one of three rookies — joining Clark and center Ryan Kelly — to put in a solid effort up front for the Colts.

In all, Haeg played in a team-high-tying 70 offensive snaps and seven special teams snaps for the Colts against Minnesota.

The fifth-round pick, in all, has started the last 12 games for the Colts at the left guard, right guard and right tackle positions.

• Ryan Kelly, center: Kelly played in 65 snaps at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday in the Colts' victory.

The Colts' first-round (18th-overall) pick out of Alabama has started all 14 games for Indianapolis at the center position.


A behind the scenes look at the Colts game day in Minnesota.

• Deon King, inside linebacker:** King was active for the second time with the Colts on Sunday, logging eight special teams snaps and notching a tackle in Indy's win over the Vikings.

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. He now has two special teams tackles with the Colts.

• Christopher Milton, cornerback: Milton logged 16 snaps with the defense and 16 snaps on special teams on Sunday in the Colts' win over the Vikings. In all, he was credited with the first three tackles and a pass defensed of his career on defense, as well as a special teams stop.

The undrafted Georgia Tech product has two total special teams tackle on the season, and has played in 34 defensive and 64 special teams snaps in four games for Indianapolis.

• Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker: Morrison got his second straight start at the MIKE linebacker position for the Colts on Sunday, and logged four tackles for the defense.

He played 35 snaps on defense and six on special teams in the winning effort.

For the season, the fourth-round (125th-overall) pick out of Florida has been credited with 28 total tackles, one quarterback hit and eight special teams tackles, which ranks fourth on the team.

• Luke Rhodes, inside linebacker: Rhodes, who was signed to the Colts' practice squad on Oct. 4, played in his second straight game Sunday after making his NFL debut the week prior against the Houston Texans.

Against the Vikings, Rhodes played on 11 special teams snaps and was credited with his first-career tackle.

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 got his fourth-career start at defensive end on Sunday, as he played in 29 snaps with the defense and three on special teams in the Colts' victory over the Vikings.

The fourth-round (116th-overall) pick out of Texas has been credited with 21 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, five quarterback hits and one pass defensed in his rookie season.

• Chester Rogers, wide receiver: Rogers was targeted five times in Sunday's win over the Vikings, catching three passes for 24 yards.

He also added an impressive 30-yard punt return in the victory, and fair caught another punt.

On the season, Rogers has caught 15 passes for 201 yards (13.4 yards per catch average), and has returned 12 punts for 109 yards (9.1 yards per return).

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