INDIANAPOLIS — It’s time for the Week 7 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 four snaps — all on special teams — in Indy’s Week 5 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs before the bye week. Banogu has played 76 snaps in all so far — 67 on defense and nine on special teams — and has five tackles (one 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 first game of the season Week 5 against the Chiefs as he works his way back from abdominal injury suffered the previous week 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 second game of the season Week 5 against the Chiefs, logging his second-career special teams tackle as be brought down punt returner De’Anthony Thomas for a loss of one yard on a return in the second quarter. Dulin played 16 snaps in all in the game ,including four on offense and 12 on special teams, and has played 32 snaps so far on the season (seven on offense and 25 on special teams).
» Bobby Okereke, linebacker: Okereke, the Colts’ third-round (89th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, made his third straight start Week 5 against the Chiefs, finishing with three tackles and his first-career fumble recovery, picking up a second-quarter fumble forced by safety George Odum. Okereke, who played 52 snaps in all (45 on defense and seven on special teams), ranks 14th among all rookies with 20 total tackles, while he’s tied for second among rookies with one fumble recovery; he also has two tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one special teams tackle; he’s played 220 total snaps (180 on defense and 40 on special teams).
» E.J. Speed, linebacker: Speed, the Colts’ fifth-round (164th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, had his most extensive defensive action of the year last Sunday against the Raiders, as he logged 28 total defensive snaps, including 15 in the box, 10 in the slot and three up front, and finished with the first five tackles of his career, including a tackle for loss. For the season, Speed has played 68 total snaps, including 31 on defense and 37 on special teams — 15 with the kick coverage, 15 with the kick return and seven with the punt return units.
» Shakial Taylor, cornerback: Taylor, who was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in May, was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad just before the Colts’ Week 5 game against the Chiefs. He ended up making his NFL debut in that game, playing 13 snaps in all, including 12 in the slot corner spot and one on the kick coverage unit, and logging his first-career tackle and pass defensed.
» Marvell Tell III, cornerback: Tell III, the Colts’ fifth-round (144th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, played in his second-career game Week 5 in Kansas City, and got his most extensive action of the year, playing 19 total snaps, including his first three plays at cornerback as well as 16 snaps on special teams. Tell has played 29 snaps in all — three on defense and 26 on special teams (11 on kick coverage, nine on punt return, three on kick return, two on field goal/extra-point block and one on punt coverage units.
» Khari Willis, safety: Willis, the Colts’ fourth-round (109th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, made his second-straight start Week 5 against Kansas City, and finished with three tackles. Willis was lined up everywhere in the win over the Chiefs, as he logged 65 snaps in all, including 24 in the box, 19 at free safety, 12 at slot corner, five along the defensive line and one out wide, while he also had four special teams snaps. For the year, Willis ranks 10th among all NFL rookies with 24 total tackles, while he also has one tackle for loss and one pass defensed. He’s played 245 total snaps (112 at free safety, 50 in the box, 19 at slot corner, 15 along the defensive line, one out wide and 48 on special teams.
» Rock Ya-Sin, cornerback: Ya-Sin, the Colts’ second-round (34th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, earned his third start of the season Week 5 against the Chiefs, finishing with a career-best six tackles; he played 68 snaps in all (57 on defense and 11 on special teams). Ya-Sin, who has 17 total tackles and a pass defensed in five games, has logged a Colts rookie-high 294 snaps — 238 on defense (200 out wide, 26 in the box, 10 in the slot and two along the defensive line) and 56 on special teams.