INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 4 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 —had two tackles, both on special teams, in Sunday's loss to the Texans, when he played in 24 special teams snaps. Adams has played in 78 special teams snaps in all in the Colts' first four games, and leads the team with four special teams tackles.
» Zaire Franklin, linebacker: Franklin, also a seventh-round (235th-overall) pick, played five snaps with the defense and 15 special teams snaps on Sunday against the Texans. The Syracuse product has two tackles on defense and three special teams stops so far on the season.
» Nyheim Hines, running back: The fourth-round (104th-overall) pick had a breakout game on Sunday, logging a team-high nine receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns — the first two receiving scores of his career. On the season, Hines has 18 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, while he also has 22 receptions for 119 yards and two scores through the air.
» Darius Leonard, linebacker: Leonard continued his early tear on Sunday against the Texans, finishing with a team-high 13 tackles (eight solo; one for a loss) with a sack. On the season, Leonard continues to lead the league in tackles (54), which are the most by any player in the NFL in his team's first four games since 1994. He's also the only player in the NFL since 1994 to have 50 or more tackles and 4.0 sacks through the first four games of the season.
» Quenton Nelson, guard: Nelson, the Colts' sixth-overall pick in April's NFL Draft, got the start at left guard against the Texans, and played all 90 snaps with the offense, as well as four special teams snaps. Nelson has earned a grade of 72.7 on 215 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, had two special teams tackles against the Texans, playing in 22 snaps in all. The undrafted rookie's 85 total special teams snaps trail only Najee Goode's team lead of 95 so far through three weeks.
» Braden Smith, guard: Smith played four snaps in Sunday's game, being utilized as the tackle-eligible player in all 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 10 snaps with the offense in all, being utilized as tackle-eligible for nine of them and lining up at right tackle on the other play.
» Kemoko Turay, defensive end: Turay continued building positive momentum on Sunday against the Texans, finishing with one tackle, a half-sack and two quarterback hits. The second-round (52nd-overall) pick has seven tackles (four solo) and 2.0 sacks on the season.
» Jordan Wilkins, running back: Wilkins earned his third start of the season on Sunday against the Texans, and finished with eight carries for 16 yards. The fifth-round (169th-overall) pick has 38 carries for 136 yards (3.6 avg.) as well as seven receptions for 25 yards on the season thus far.