INDIANAPOLIS — It’s time for the Week 3 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 — logged his first two-career NFL tackles, both on special teams, in last Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, when he played in 19 special teams snaps. Adams has played in 54 special teams snaps in all in the Colts’ first three games.
» Zaire Franklin, linebacker: Franklin, also a seventh-round (235th-overall) pick, earned his first-career start on Sunday against the Eagles, and also logged his first-career tackle on defense, while also logging a special teams stop on the day. The Syracuse product has one tackle on defense and three special teams stops so far on the season.
» Nyheim Hines, running back: The fourth-round (104th-overall) pick Hines had 43 yards from scrimmage (18 rushing, 25 receiving) in the Eagles game on Sunday. On the season, Hines has 14 carries for 44 yards yards with a touchdown, while he also has 13 receptions for 56 yards.
» Darius Leonard, linebacker: Leonard continues to be one of the top all-around defensive players in the league, as the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week finished with a game-best 13 tackles (five tackles for loss), two sacks and a pass defensed against the Eagles on Sunday. Leonard still leads the NFL in total tackles (41; 30 solo stops), is second in the NFL to teammate Margus Hunt with six tackles for loss, and has three sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
» Skai Moore, linebacker: Moore played five snaps, all on special teams, on Sunday in Philadelphia. The undrafted rookie. who started Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals, 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 Eagles, and played all 59 snaps with the offense, as well as four special teams snaps. Nelson has earned a grade of 74.9 on 141 pass blocking snaps so far this season from Pro Football Focus.
» George Odum, safety: Odum, who was used exclusively on special teams once again on Sunday, earned his first-career special teams tackle covering a punt in the third quarter against the Eagles. The undrafted rookie’s 63 total special teams snaps are just two shy of Najee Goode’s team lead of 65 so far through three weeks.
» Braden Smith, guard: Smith played two snaps in Sunday’s game, being utilized as the tackle-eligible player in both instances.The second-round (37th-overall) pick, who earned the start Week 1 against the Bengals as the tackle-eligible player on the first play of the game, has played six snaps with the offense in all, being utilized as tackle-eligible for five of them and lining up at right tackle on the other play.
» Kemoko Turay, defensive end: Turay logged his first-career sack on Sunday against the Eagles, and then later had a half-sack to end his day with three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits.The second-round (52nd-overall) pick has six tackles (four solo) and 1.5 sacks on the season.
» Jordan Wilkins, running back: Wilkins earned his second start of the season on Sunday against the Eagles, and finished with six carries for 18 yards, while he also had two receptions for one yard. The fifth-round (169th-overall) pick has 30 carries for 120 yards (4.0 avg.) as well as seven receptions for 25 yards on the season thus far.