2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 5

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


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 5 version of the 2016 Colts Rookie Watch, where we take a look at stats and highlights to track the progress of each rookie on the Indianapolis Colts' roster.

So, without further ado, here we go:

• Trevor Bates, outside linebacker: The Colts this week activated Bates from the practice squad to the active roster. He was on the team's practice squad for the first four weeks of the regular season.

Bates, a 6-2, 247-pound rookie out of Maine, was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. In 46 games with the Black Bears, he totaled 207 tackles, 19 sacks, 10 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).

• Austin Blythe, center: After being active for the first time in his NFL career Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers, Blythe got his first-career NFL start last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, filling in at right tackle for an injured Joe Reitz.

In all, Blythe played in 77 snaps for the Colts' offense against the Jaguars, and also played in five special teams snaps.

• Le'Raven Clark, tackle: Clark, the Colts' third-round (82nd overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was active last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars after being a healthy scratch Weeks 2 and 3.

He played on one offensive snap against the Jaguars, as well as five special teams snaps.

• Matthias Farley, safety: Farley played 26 special teams snaps last Sunday in the Colts' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

Farley, an undrafted member of the secondary out of Notre Dame, was claimed by the Colts off waivers on Sept. 4 after he spent his entire offseason with the Arizona Cardinals.

After showing his abilities as a key replacement at safety for the first two weeks of the season, Farley has since been relegated back to a reserve role as the Indianapolis secondary regains its key pieces.

• Josh Ferguson, running back: Ferguson was a key piece of the Colts' offensive gameplan last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as his 10 targets were tied with T.Y. Hilton for the most on the team. He had a game-high-tying seven receptions for 33 yards, though his running attempts — 3 rushes for -2 yards — weren't as fruitful.

Highlights from the International Series game in London on October 2nd, 2016 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In all, Ferguson played in 30 offensive snaps and 17 special teams snaps against the Jaguars, earning a special teams tackle, too.

Ferguson, who went undrafted out of Illinois, has 17 receptions for 117 yards on the year, with seven rushes for five yards on the ground.

• T.J. Green, safety: Green had one tackle last Sunday in the Colts' loss to the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

He played in 17 defensive and three special teams snaps on the afternoon.

So far, Green — the Colts' second-round (57th overall) pick this year out of Clemson — been credited with nine total tackles on the year.

• Joe Haeg, tackle: Haeg got his second-career start (and second consecutive start) at right guard last Sunday against the Jaguars, playing in place of an injured Denzelle Good.

Haeg, the Colts' fifth-round (155th overall) selection this year out of North Dakota State, was once again the most active member on the Colts' 53-man roster on Sunday, as he played in 83 total snaps — 78 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 four weeks of the season.

On Sunday against the Jaguars, Kelly played in all 78 of the team's offensive snaps.

• Curt Maggitt, outside linebacker: 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 played in all four of the Colts' regular season games thus far. On Sunday against the Jaguars, he played in 21 defensive and 16 special teams snaps.

• Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker: The Colts took Morrison with one of their two fourth round (125th overall) picks in the NFL Draft after he proved to be a tackling machine at Florida.

He's played in all four of the Colts' regular season games, and had two tackles on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In all, Morrison played in 24 defensive snaps and 20 special teams snaps.

Morrison has been credited with six total tackles for the Colts' defense so far this season.

• Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle: Indianapolis selected Ridgeway with its other fourth round (116th overall) pick in this year's NFL Draft out of Texas.

Ridgeway appeared in his fourth regular season game last Sunday against the Jaguars, and had two tackles and his first-career half-sack on a play combined with Zach Kerr late in the second quarter.

In all, Ridgeway has been credited with seven total tackles, 0.5 sacks and a quarterback hit and a pass defensed so far this season.

• Chester Rogers, wide receiver: Rogers, who went undrafted this year out of Grambling State, was able to earn a spot on the final 53-man roster with a strong preseason performance.

After being active Weeks 2 and 3 but not making any catches, Rogers earned his first two-career NFL receptions on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, for a total of 39 yards. He had a 23-yard catch on the Colts' second-to-last drive of the game.

In all, Rogers played in 51 offensive snaps against the Jaguars.

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