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2017 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 7

Intro: Get a weekly look into the performance of the Indianapolis Colts’ rookies, continuing today with their stats and highlights through the first six weeks of the 2017 season.


INDIANAPOLIS —It's time for the Week 7 version of the 2017 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:

• Tarell Basham, outside linebacker: Basham was inactive on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans for the first time all season.

In five games, the third-round pick out of Ohio has recorded one tackle on defense.


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• Darrell Daniels, tight end: **Daniels has played in all six games this season, starting the Colts' Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks. On Monday against the Titans, Daniels logged six snaps on offense and 15 special teams snaps.

For the year, Daniels — who went undrafted out of Washington — has caught two passes for 19 yards, and he also has one special teams tackle.

• Nate Hairston, cornerback:Hairston has thrived in his role as the Colts' primary nickel cornerback, playing in five of the team's six games so far, and getting his first-career start against the Seahawks.

Hairston had one tackle on Monday against the Titans after missing last week's game against the San Francisco 49ers with a quad injury.

For the year, Hairston has logged 15 tackles (two for a loss) and one pass defensed on defense, while his two sacks are the third most on the team. He is one of two cornerbacks in the NFL to record multiple sacks this season.

• Malik Hooker, safety:Hooker has turned in a productive rookie season for the Colts, as the first-round pick out of Ohio State has collected 19 tackles, four passes defensed and leads the team with three interceptions, while also adding a special teams stop. His three interceptions are tied for second-most in the NFL.

In Monday's loss to the Titans, Hooker — who has played in all six games for Indy this season, starting the last five at free safety — had three tackles and a pass defensed.

• Kyle Kalis, guard:Kalis, just signed to the Colts' active roster on Oct. 2 after spending time on the Washington Redskins' practice squad, made his NFL debut on Monday against the Titans, playing five special teams snaps.

The Michigan product, who went undrafted this year, is listed as the Colts' backup at both guard spots on their latest unofficial depth chart.


• Marlon Mack, running back: **The Colts' fourth-round pick out of South Florida, Mack has certainly taken advantage of his opportunities so far this season. In four games, he has 27 rushing attempts for 130 yards — an average of 4.8 yards per carry — with two touchdowns, while he also has three receptions for 34 yards. He has four 20 yard rushes which are tied for the second-most in the NFL this season.

Mack, who missed the Colts' Week 3 and 4 games with a shoulder injury, had two rushes for 18 yards, including a 22-yard carry in the first quarter, on Monday against the Titans.

• Kenny Moore II, cornerback:Moore has been a special teams standout for the Colts so far this season, as he leads the Colts with six special teams tackles on the year.

Moore, who went undrafted out of Valdosta State, had one special teams stop on Monday against the Titans, and has played in all six games this season.

• Rigoberto Sanchez, punter:Sanchez has been very solid in his first season as the Colts' punter and kickoff specialist. In all, he has punted 33 times for 1,526 yards for an average of 46.2 yards per kick, with a net average of 44.5. Just one of his punts has resulted in a touchback, while an impressive 13 punts have landed inside the 20-yard line. Sanchez also has 11 kickoffs that have been returned for an average of just 18.5 yards. His net average (fourth) and punts inside the 20-yard line (tied-second) totals both rank in the top five in the NFL.

For comparison's sake, Pat McAfee, in his final season with the Colts in 2016, had a league-leading 49.3-yard punting average last season, with a net average of 42.7, while opponents averaged 21.2 yards per kickoff return. McAfee was selected to his second career Pro Bowl last season.

• Grover Stewart, defensive tackle:Stewart, also a fourth-round pick by the Colts out of Albany State, has seen his playing time increase little by little each week. After he was inactive for the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, Stewart has played in all five games since, and has collected two tackles on the year.

Stewart played 13 snaps with the defense and five special teams snaps on Monday against the Titans, and logged one tackle.

• Anthony Walker, inside linebacker:Walker has been hampered by a hamstring injury for most of the season. He suffered the injury Week 1 against the Rams and missed the next three games, and then re-aggravated the samehamstring last week against the 49ers and was inactive on Monday against Tennessee.

Walker, a fifth-round pick out of Northwestern, has been credited with one special teams tackle on the year.

• Quincy Wilson, cornerback:Wilson played the first two games of the season — earning his first-career start Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals — but has been inactive in the four games since for the Colts as he works through a knee injury.

Wilson — the Colts' second-round pick out of Florida — has been credited with three tackles on the year, while his two passes defensed are the fourth-most on the team.

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