INDIANAPOLIS — It’s time for the Week 8 version of the 2019 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 (snaps by position provided by Pro Football Focus):
» Ben Banogu, defensive end: Banogu, the Colts’ second-round (49th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, played 13 defensive snaps — all at left defensive end — in Indy’s Week 7 victory over the Houston Texans, finishing with two tackles (one for a loss). Banogu has played 89 snaps in all so far — 80 on defense and nine on special teams — and has seven tackles (two for a loss) with 0.5 sacks and two quarterback hits.
» Parris Campbell, wide receiver: Campbell, the Colts’ second-round (59th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, missed his second straight game Week 7 against the Texans as he works his way back from abdominal injury suffered Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders. For the season, Campbell has 10 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown, as well as one rushing attempt for seven yards; he also has five kickoff returns for 113 yards (22.6 average). He’s played 131 total snaps — 114 on offense and 17 on special teams.
» Ashton Dulin, wide receiver: Dulin, who was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in May, played in his third game of the season Week 7 against the Texans, logging his third-career special teams tackle as he brought down kickoff returner DeAndre Carter in the first quarter. Dulin played 16 snaps in all in the game, including two on offense and 14 on special teams, and has played 48 snaps so far on the season (nine on offense and 39 on special teams).
» Bobby Okereke, linebacker: Okereke, the Colts’ third-round (89th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, played 22 total snaps — 16 on defense and six on special teams — in last Sunday’s win over the Texans. Okereke, who has played in six games this season with three starts, has 19 tackles (two for a loss) with one fumble recovery and one special teams tackle on the year; he’s played 242 total snaps — 196 on defense and 46 on special teams.
» E.J. Speed, linebacker: Speed, the Colts’ fifth-round (164th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, played 16 snaps total — two on defense and 14 on special teams — in the Colts’ Week 7 win over the Texans. For the season, Speed has played 97 total snaps — 33 on defense and 64 on special teams — and has collected six total tackles (one for a loss).
» Shakial Taylor, cornerback: Taylor, who was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in May, played in his second NFL game last Sunday against the Texans and logged 31 total snaps — 28 at slot corner, two out wide and one in the box — and finished with one tackle. On the season, Taylor has played 44 total snaps (40 at slot corner, two out wide and one in the box, with another snap on the kick coverage unit) and has collected two tackles and a pass defensed.
» Marvell Tell III, cornerback: Tell III, the Colts’ fifth-round (144th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, played in his third-career game Week 7 against the Texans, and logged his first-career special teams stop on a kickoff return late in the third quarter by Carter. Tell III played exclusively special teams against Denver, and had seven snaps on the kick return unit, five on kick coverage, three on punt return and two on field goal/extra point block, and has 46 total snaps played in all.
» Khari Willis, safety: Willis, the Colts’ fourth-round (109th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, made his third-straight start Week 7 against Houston, and played all 63 defensive snaps, finishing with five total tackles. Willis played 25 snaps at free safety, 24 in the box, six each along the defensive line and at slot corner and two snaps out wide. For the year, Willis ranks ninth in the NFL among rookies in total tackles (29) and he also has one tackle for loss and one pass defensed.
» Rock Ya-Sin, cornerback: Ya-Sin, the Colts’ second-round (34th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, earned his fourth start of the season — and third straight — Week 7 against the Texans, finishing with a career-best seven tackles; he played all 63 defensive snaps, as well as another 13 snaps on special teams. Ya-Sin, who has 24 total tackles and a pass defensed in six games, has logged a Colts rookie-high 370 snaps — 301 on defense and 69 on special teams.