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2018 Colts Rookie Watch: Week 2

Get a weekly look into the performance of the Indianapolis Colts’ rookies, continuing today with their stats and highlights in the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Washington Redskins.


INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 2 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 — played 18 snaps, all on special teams, in Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins. Adams has played in 35 special teams snaps in all in the Colts' first two games.

» Zaire Franklin, linebacker: Franklin, also a seventh-round (235th-overall) pick, played three snaps with the defense and 14 snaps on special teams against the Redskins on Sunday, finishing with one special teams stop. The Syracuse product has two special teams tackles so far on the season.

» Nyheim Hines, running back: The fourth-round (104th-overall) pick Hines scored his first-career NFL touchdown in Sunday's win over the Redskins, finding the end zone via the run from eight yards out at the 6:51 mark of the second quarter to put the Colts ahead 14-3. On the season, Hines has nine rushing attempts for 26 yards with a touchdown, while he also has eight receptions for 31 yards.

» Darius Leonard, linebacker: Leonard had one of the best performances by a rookie Colts defensive player against the Redskins, finishing with 18 tackles (15 solo) and registering his first-career sack, forced fumble and pass defensed. The second-round (36th-overall) pick's 18 tackles were the most by a Colts player since Oct. 3, 2011. Leonard currently leads the NFL with 27 tackles.

» Skai Moore, linebacker: Moore played six snaps with the defense and four snaps on special teams on Sunday at Washington. The undrafted rookie has two tackles on the season so far.

» Quenton Nelson, guard: Nelson, the Colts' sixth-overall pick in April's NFL Draft, got the start at left guard against the Redskins, and played all 61 snaps with the offense, as well as three special teams snaps. Nelson performed extremely well in pass protection against Washington, earning a pass blocking grade of 82.2 from Pro Football Focus.

» George Odum, safety: Odum was used exclusively on special teams on Sunday, as the undrafted rookie played 19 snaps with the kick and punt units — tied with Najee Goode for the most on the team. Odum's 40 total special teams snaps are just one shy of Goode's team lead of 41 so far through two weeks.

» Braden Smith, guard: Smith did not play in Sunday's game against the Redskins, a week after reporting as tackle-eligible on the Colts' very first play from scrimmage against the Bengals, earning a start in his NFL debut. The second-round (37th-overall) pick has played four snaps with the offense in all, being utilized as tackle-eligible for three of them and lining up at right tackle on the other play.

» Kemoko Turay, defensive end: Turay logged the first three tackles of his career on Sunday against the Redskins, finishing two two solo stops and an assisted tackle in the victory. The second-round (52nd-overall) pick, who had two quarterback hurries Week 1 against the Bengals, played 41 snaps with the defense and eight snaps on special teams against Washington.

» Jordan Wilkins, running back: Wilkins had a solid day on in his second NFL appearance on Sunday at Washington, finishing with 10 carries for 61 yards. The fifth-round (169th-overall) pick's best play came at the 4:59 mark of the fourth quarter, when he took a handoff from Luck through the left side of the line for a career-best 18-yard gain. Wilkins has 24 rushing attempts for 101 yards and five receptions for 24 yards so far on the season.

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