INDIANAPOLIS — It's time for the Week 6 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 — registered two tackles on defense, as well as two special teams stops, last Sunday against the Jets. Adams leads the Colts with six special teams tackles on the year.
» Zaire Franklin, linebacker: Franklin, also a seventh-round (235th-overall) pick, finished with one tackle, a solo stop, last Sunday against the Jets. The Syracuse product, who has played in all six games with two starts on the year, has 14 tackles and three special teams stops so far on the season.
» Nyheim Hines, running back: The fourth-round (104th-overall) pick finished with three carries for 14 yards, as well as two receptions for 21 yards, against the Jets. On the season, Hines has 36 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown, while he also has 31 receptions for 185 yards and two scores through the air.
» Darius Leonard, linebacker: Leonard returned to the lineup last Sunday and had eight tackles and a forced fumble — which was recovered by defensive lineman Al-Quadin Muhammad — last Sunday against the Jets. The NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for September, Leonard, the second-round (36th-overall) pick, continues to lead the league in tackles (62) and also has 4.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
» Quenton Nelson, guard: Nelson, the Colts' sixth-overall pick in April's NFL Draft, started once again at right guard against the Jets, and played all 69 snaps with the offense, as well as six special teams snaps. Nelson, who was named to Pro Football Focus’ Week 5 “Team of the Week” for his performance against the New England Patriots, had another solid outing against the Jets, as he was the NFL's fifth-rated guard by PFF at 75.7.
» George Odum, safety: Odum had a strong outing for the coverage units on Sunday against the Jets, logging a team-best three special teams tackles on the day. The undrafted rookie's five special teams stops on the season are tied with linebacker Najee Goode for second on the team.
» Braden Smith, guard: Smith earned his third-career start, and his second straight at right tackle, last Sunday against the Jets, playing all 69 snaps on offense. 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, could be a long-term solution at right tackle, head coach Frank Reich said Monday.
» Kemoko Turay, defensive end: Turay made his first-career start on Sunday against the Jets, and finished with two tackles on the day. The second-round (52nd-overall) pick has eight tackles (four solo) and 2.0 sacks on the season.
» Jordan Wilkins, running back: Wilkins was used exclusively on special teams last Sunday against the Jets, logging 12 snaps in all. The fifth-round (169th-overall) pick has played in all six games with three starts on the year, and has 44 rushing attempts for 175 yards (4.0 avg) as well as nine receptions for 34 yards in all.