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Colts Malik Hooker Nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week Honors

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Indianapolis Colts rookie safety Malik Hooker has nabbed NFL’s Rookie of the Week honors, voted for by the fans, for his Week 2 performance against the Arizona Cardinals. As you can see Hooker was up against some formidable competition and some of the league’s best rookies at what they do.

Hooker notched his first career interception Sunday, assisted in a few pass breakups and added 2 tackles throughout the game. While his paper stats aren’t all that eye-popping, his coverage has been excellent for the most part through the first two weeks of the season and may be affecting quarterback’s comfort level when deciding to go deep from here on out.

Pro Football Focus has Hooker graded as the team’s highest rated rookie, and is right in the mix at the position amongst the league too. Additionally, Hooker has the highest grade in coverage amongst rookies (16th overall), and is currently 22nd in the league for overall grade.

Hooker was certainly good enough in Week 2 to get the nod to start from this point forward along with fellow rookies Nate Hairston and Quincy Wilson. The youth movement from the draft and offseason appears to be paying immediate dividends in terms of talent, and is giving fans a real hope for the future due to the team’s poor coverage ability in recent years.

Hopefully we’ll see more of Hooker being featured atop the defense being allowed to use his instincts and natural abilities while using the others at the position in their more natural roles as well. Good things are happening with Hooker looking over the defense.

The Colts host the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday. A rookie quarterback who’s struggling to be accurate with the deep ball may be the perfect opportunity to boost Hooker’s stat line in consecutive weeks.