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2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 17

Intro: Get a weekly look into the performance of the Indianapolis Colts’ rookies, continuing today with their stats and highlights through the first 16 weeks of the 2016 season.


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 17 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 was inactive for Saturday's game against the Oakland Raiders, a week after being activated and playing in the Colts' victory against the Minnesota Vikings.

Blythe, the Colts' seventh-round (248th-overall) pick out of Iowa, has started one game this season, and has been active in all in Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 15.


• Le'Raven Clark, tackle:** Clark earned his second consecutive start — and the second start of his career — on Saturday against the Raiders, playing 55 offensive snaps at right tackle, as well as four special teams snaps, in Oakland.

He was part of an offensive line that once again allowed no sacks of quarterback Andrew Luck, marking the first time in Luck's 69-game Colts career that he has gone consecutive games without being sacked.

Clark, the Colts' third-round (82nd-overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was active in a game on Saturday for a third straight week. He has now been active in Weeks 1, 4, 7, 9, 14, 15 and 16.

• 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 Saturday against the Raiders, Farley played 23 snaps, all on special teams.

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 one snap with the offense and 11 snaps on special teams on Saturday against Oakland, returning a kickoff 19 yards at the end of the second quarter.

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 four kickoff returns for 80 yards (20-yard average), one punt return with no yards, and has two special teams tackles.

• T.J. Green, safety: Green logged four tackles on Saturday against the Raiders, playing in 57 snaps on defense in a reserve role and three snaps on special teams.

For the season, the second-round (57th-overall) pick out of Clemson has been credited with 42 tackles, three quarterback hits and three passes defensed.


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

• Joe Haeg, tackle:** Haeg once again got the start at right guard on Saturday against the Raiders, 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 all 55 offensive snaps, and also logged four special teams snaps against Oakland.

The fifth-round pick, in all, has started the last 13 games for the Colts at the left guard, right guard and right tackle positions, becoming the first rookie offensive lineman to start three positions since first-round pick Kyle Turley in 1998.

• Ryan Kelly, center: Kelly played in all 55 offensive snaps Saturday in the Colts' loss to the Raiders in Oakland.

The Colts' first-round (18th-overall) pick out of Alabama has started all 15 games for Indianapolis at the center position.

• Deon King, inside linebacker: King was active for the third time with the Colts on Saturday, logging 14 special teams snaps against the Raiders.

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 has two special teams tackles with the Colts.

• Christopher Milton, cornerback: Milton played two defensive and 22 special teams snaps for the Colts in Oakland on Saturday.

The undrafted Georgia Tech product, who has played in the past five games, has two total special teams tackle on the season, and also has three tackles and a pass breakup for the defense.

• Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker: Morrison was all over the field on Saturday in his third straight start at the MIKE linebacker position, leading all players with 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss, in the Colts' matchup against the Raiders.

In all, Morrison played 68 snaps on defense and five special teams snaps.

For the season, the fourth-round (125th-overall) pick out of Florida has been credited with 37 total tackles (two for a loss), one quarterback hit and eight special teams tackles, which ranks fifth on the team.

• Luke Rhodes, inside linebacker: Rhodes, who was signed to the Colts' practice squad on Oct. 4, played in his third straight game Saturday after making his NFL debut Week 14 against the Houston Texans.

Against the Raiders, Rhodes played in 16 special teams snaps.

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 not only earned his fifth-career start at defensive end on Saturday, but blocked Sebastian Janikowski's extra-point attempt late in the second quarter of the Colts' matchup against the Raiders.

Ridgeway, who also logged a tackle in the game, played 49 defensive and seven special teams snaps for Indianapolis.

The fourth-round (116th-overall) pick out of Texas has been credited with 22 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 logged 18 snaps with the offense and five special teams snaps on Saturday against the Raiders. He was targeted twice on the afternoon by quarterback Andrew Luck: one on a seven-yard pass play that was called back due to a penalty, and then on an incomplete pass midway through the fourth quarter.

Rogers also returned one punt for 10 yards earlier in the fourth quarter.

On the season, Rogers has caught 15 passes for 201 yards (13.4 yards per catch average), and has returned 13 punts for 119 yards (9.2 yards per return).

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