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, logged a career-high 36 snaps, all at defensive end, in last Sunday’s Week 8 victory over the Denver Broncos, finishing with one tackle and his first-career full sack and forced fumble, bringing down quarterback Joe Flacco on the final play of the game. Banogu has played 125 snaps so far — 116 on defense and eight on special teams — and has eight total tackles (two for a loss) with three quarterback hits, one pass defensed and one forced fumble, while his 1.5 sacks rank 10th among all rookies.
» Parris Campbell, wide receiver: Campbell, the Colts’ second-round (59th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, returned to action last Sunday against the Broncos after missing two games with an abdominal injury, and was targeted once in his eight offensive snaps on the day. 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 139 total snaps — 122 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 fourth game of the season Week 8 against the Broncos, and logged his team-leading fourth special teams tackle of the year on a fourth-quarter punt play. Dulin played 19 snaps in all in the game, including four on offense and 15 on special teams, and has played 67 snaps in all — 13 on offense and 54 on special teams.
» Bobby Okereke, linebacker: Okereke, the Colts’ third-round (89th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, earned his fourth start of the season — and first at SAM linebacker — last Sunday in the Colts’ Week 8 win over the Broncos. He played 50 snaps in all, including 38 on defense, and finished with three tackles and one special teams stop. This season, Okereke has 22 total tackles (two for a loss) with one pass defensed, one fumble recovery and two special teams tackles.
» E.J. Speed, linebacker: Speed, the Colts’ fifth-round (164th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, played 12 snaps, all on special teams, in last Sunday’s game against the Broncos, logging his first-career special teams tackle on a kickoff late in the second quarter. For the season, Speed has played 109 total snaps — 33 on defense and 76 on special teams — and has collected six total tackles (one for a loss) and one special teams stop.
» Shakial Taylor, cornerback: Taylor, who was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in May, was active, but did not play, last Sunday against the Broncos. On the season, Taylor has played in two games and has logged 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, had the most defensive action of his career last Sunday against the Broncos; he played 55 total snaps — 37 on defense — and finished with his first three tackles of the year. Tell III has played in four games total and has logged 101 snaps — 40 on defense and 61 on special teams — and has three tackles and one special teams stop.
» Khari Willis, safety: Willis, the Colts’ fourth-round (109th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, logged 22 defensive snaps last Sunday against the Broncos, collecting three tackles before exiting the game with a foot injury midway through the third quarter. For the year, Willis ranks tied for 10th among NFL rookies with 32 total tackles — and ninth in solo tackles (24) — and also has one tackle for loss and one pass defensed; he’s played 337 total snaps, including 282 on defense and 55 on special teams.
» Rock Ya-Sin, cornerback: Ya-Sin, the Colts’ second-round (34th-overall) selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, earned his fifth start of the season — and fourth straight — last Sunday against the Broncos, finishing with four tackles and his first-career special teams stop; he played all 73 defensive snaps and another 16 on special teams. Ya-Sin, whose 25 solo tackles rank eighth among all NFL rookies, has 28 tackles in all, with one pass defensed and one special teams tackle. He’s logged a Colts rookie-high 459 total snaps, including 374 on defense and 85 on special teams.