2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 8

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


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 8 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.

Highlights from the Colts win over the Titans!

On Sunday in the Colts' win against the Tennessee Titans, Blythe played in 10 snaps, all on special teams.

• Le'Raven Clark, tackle: Clark, the Colts' third round (82nd overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was active on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans after being a healthy scratch the previous two weeks against the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans.

Clark played six special teams snaps in the win over the Titans.

• Matthias Farley, safety: Farley 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 Titans, Farley Played in team-high 25 special teams snaps, recording a tackle on a first quarter punt.

Farley, an undrafted member of the secondary out of Notre Dame, was claimed off waivers by the Colts on Sept. 4 after he spent his entire offseason with the Arizona Cardinals. He is second to Edwin Jackson for the team lead with seven special teams tackles through seven games.

• Josh Ferguson, running back: Ferguson had a second straight quiet week for the Colts on offense against the Titans, as he played just two offensive snaps on Sunday.

He played in seven special teams snaps, none more crucial than at the 10:23 mark in the second quarter, when he recovered a Pat McAfee onside kick at the Tennessee 35-yard line, setting up a Indianapolis field goal to extend its lead to 17-6.

In all, Ferguson, who went undrafted out of Illinois, has 19 receptions for 127 yards on the year, with eight rushes for eight yards on the ground.

• T.J. Green, safety: Green logged 26 defensive and 19 special teams snaps for the Colts on Sunday in their win over the Titans, collecting one tackle and a pass defensed.

So far, Green — the Colts' second-round (57th overall) pick this year out of Clemson — has been credited with 15 total tackles and a pass defensed on the year, as well as one special teams tackle.

• Joe Haeg, tackle: Haeg got his fifth-career start (and fifth consecutive start), this time at left guard on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Haeg has now started at three different positions along the offensive line: left guard, right guard and right tackle. The Colts' fifth-round (155th overall) selection this year out of North Dakota State, Haeg was once again among the the most active members on the Colts' 53-man roster on Sunday, as he played in 75 total snaps — 69 on offense and six 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 seven weeks of the season.

On Sunday against the Titans, Kelly played in all 69 of the team's offensive snaps.

• Curt Maggitt, outside linebacker: Maggitt missed a game for the first time all season on Sunday against the Titans, as he was listed as inactive as he deals with an ankle injury.

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 been credited with two tackles on defense and one special teams tackle thus far.

• Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker: Morrison, the Colts' fourth round (125th overall) pick in this year's NFL Draft, had two tackles on defense and one special teams tackle in Sunday's win over the Titans. He played in four defensive and 21 special teams snaps.

For the season, Morrison has 13 total tackles and one quarterback hit, and he has four special teams stops.

• Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle: Ridgeway, who was also selected in the fourth round (116th overall) in this year's NFL Draft, appeared in his seventh regular season game on Sunday against the Titans, and was credited with one tackle. He played in 29 defensive and seven special teams snaps.

In all, Ridgeway has nine tackles, 0.5 sacks, two quarterback hits and a pass defensed on the season.


• Chester Rogers, wide receiver:** Rogers continued his increased role in the Colts' offense and special teams units on Sunday against the Titans. He caught two passes for 30 yards — including a 21-yard reception — and returned two punts for 18 yards.

In all, Rogers played in 56 offensive and five special teams snaps on Sunday.

On the season, Rogers has caught 11 passes for 156 yards (14.2 yards per catch average), and he has returned three punts for 24 yards.

• Tevaun Smith, wide receiver: Smith, an undrafted college free agent out of Iowa, spent the entire offseason and preseason with the Colts, and spent the first six weeks of the regular season on the Colts' practice squad.

He was signed to the team's active roster last week after an injury to fellow receiver Quan Bray put him on Injured Reserve. Smith made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Titans, playing in seven offensive snaps.

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