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2016 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 9

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


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 9 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.

On Sunday in the Colts loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Blythe played two snaps, both on special teams.


• Le'Raven Clark, tackle:** Clark, the Colts' third round (82nd overall) pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was inactive on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs after being active the week before for the first time in two weeks against the Tennessee Titans.

In all, Clark has been active for three games this season (Weeks 1, 4 and 7).

• 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 Chiefs, Farley played in team-high 29 special teams snaps. He also played four snaps with the defense.

• Josh Ferguson, running back: Ferguson played five offensive and 14 special teams snaps on Sunday against the Chiefs. He recorded one special teams tackle, but muffed the only punt attempt he had on the afternoon, which came midway through the second quarter.

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 31 defensive and 16 special teams snaps for the Colts on Sunday in their loss to the Chiefs, recording four tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed.

So far, Green — the Colts' second-round (57th overall) pick this year out of Clemson, has been credited with 19 total tackles, one quarterback hit and two passes defensed on the year.

• Joe Haeg, tackle: Haeg got his sixth straight start, getting the nod at left guard for a second consecutive week, on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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 68 total snaps — 66 on offense and two 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 eight weeks of the season.

On Sunday against the Chiefs, Kelly played in all 66 of the team's offensive snaps.

• Curt Maggitt, outside linebacker: Maggitt missed a game for a second consecutive week on Sunday against the Chiefs, 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, played in six defensive and 20 special teams snaps on Sunday against the Chiefs.

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 eighth regular season game on Sunday against the Chiefs, and was credited with two tackles, including one for a loss. He played in 37 defensive and eight special teams snaps.

In all, Ridgeway has 11 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and a pass defensed on the season.

• Chester Rogers, wide receiver: Rogers, an undrafted rookie out of Grambling State, was inactive for the first time since Week 1 on Sunday as he deals with a hamstring/foot issue.

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 was active for a second straight week on Sunday against the Chiefs, after making his NFL debut the week before against the Titans.

Smith, who went undrafted out of Iowa, on Sunday logged three snaps on special teams for the Colts.

• Frankie Williams, cornerback: Williams, an undrafted member of the secondary out of Purdue, on Tuesday was elevated to the Colts' active roster from the practice squad, as the team's No. 1 cornerback, Vontae Davis, deals with a concussion.

Williams was also active in the Colts' Week 6 matchup against the Houston Texans, when he logged six special teams snaps in his NFL debut.

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