INDIANAPOLIS — It’s time for the Week 10 version of the 2018 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:
» Matthew Adams, linebacker: Adams — the Colts' seventh-round (221st-overall) pick — earned his third start of the season last Sunday against the Dolphins, finishing with a career-best three tackles. Adams, who is tied with fellow linebacker Najee Goode, fellow rookie George Odum and safety Corey Moore for the team lead in special teams tackles with seven, has 10 total tackles (one for a loss), a quarterback hit and a fumble recovery for the defense so far.
» Zaire Franklin, linebacker: Franklin, also a seventh-round (235th-overall) pick, played 17 special teams snaps in the win over the Dolphins. The Syracuse product, who has played in all 11 games with two starts on the year, has 16 tackles, one pass defensed and three special teams stops so far on the season.
» Nyheim Hines, running back: The fourth-round (104th-overall) pick contributed nine carries for 28 yards, as well as two receptions for 22 yards, in the Colts’ victory over the Dolphins. On the season, Hines has 69 carries for 283 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and a touchdown, while he also has 40 receptions for 248 yards and two scores in the passing game.
» Darius Leonard, linebacker: Leonard had another solid day for the Colts’ defense last Sunday in the win over the Dolphins collecting 10 total tackles (one for a loss), one sack and one quarterback hit. The NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month for September, Leonard, the second-round (36th-overall) pick, continues to lead the league in tackles (114) and also has 6.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
» Tyquan Lewis, defensive tackle/defensive end: Lewis, the Colts’ second-round (64th-overall) pick in this year’s draft, earned his third straight start on Sunday against the Dolphins, finishing with two quarterback hits and leading the defensive line with 40 snaps played. Lewis, who was activated off injured reserve after missing the first eight games of the season, has six total tackles (one for a loss) with three quarterback hits and one pass defensed so far this year.
» Skai Moore, linebacker: Moore, the undrafted rookie out of South Carolina, appeared in his seventh game of the season last Sunday against the Dolphins, and logged seven defensive and five special teams snaps. On the season, Moore, who has one start, has four tackles for the defense.
» Quenton Nelson, guard: Nelson, the Colts’ sixth-overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, started once again at left guard against the Dolphins, and played all 69 snaps with the offense, as well as six special teams snaps. Nelson, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, had one of his best overall performances, according to Pro Football Focus, which assigned him a grade of 84.4 in pass blocking and 80.3 in run blocking.
» George Odum, safety: Odum logged 20 special teams snaps Sunday against the Dolphins. The undrafted rookie’s — who had played in all 11 games this season with one start — has seven total tackles (one for a loss) on the season, and is tied with Adams, Goode and Corey Moore for team-high honors with seven special teams tackles.
» Braden Smith, guard: Smith earned his eighth-career start, and his seventh straight at right tackle, last Sunday against the Dolphins, playing all 69 snaps on offense. The second-round (37th-overall) pick, who also earned the start Week 1 against the Bengals as the tackle-eligible player on the first play of the game, earned a solid run block grade of 76.3 against Miami, according to Pro Football Focus.
» Kemoko Turay, defensive end: Turay logged 17 defensive snaps and had one quarterback hit in the win over the Dolphins. On the season, Turay, the second-round (52nd-overall) pick in this year’s NFL Draft, has 13 tackles (one for a loss), four sacks, 11 quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
» Jordan Wilkins, running back: Wilkins was a factor in the pass game on Sunday against Miami, catching three passes for 32 yards, including a 17-yard reception in the first quarter. The fifth-round (169th-overall) pick has played in all 11 games with three starts on the year, and has 57 rushing attempts for 318 yards (5.6 avg) as well as 13 receptions for 74 yards in all.