Unfortunately, an abdominal strain held Parris Campbell out of Sunday’s game. He is the only rookie who remains on offense. The sooner he can return and continue to get reps, the better it will be for Chris Ballard and Nick Sirianni as they try to crack the code on the offense’s future at wide receiver.
The Colts continue to lean heavily on Marlon Mack in his breakout season. He saw the field for 71% of Indy’s offensive snaps on Sunday. The rest of the backfield snaps were split between second-year players Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines.
Two things remain somewhat shocking. The first, Wilkins (14 plays, 2 carries for 9 yards) has been highly effective in limited snaps, particularly in short-yardage or running between the tackles. Despite this skill-set, he is seeing very few opportunities.
The second, Nyheim Hines (9 plays, 1 carry for 3 yards) is undoubtedly the third-down feature back, one of the teams most reliable and productive receivers, and certainly a part of the Colts pass-heavy two minute packages.
Neither player was actively used in either of those roles. Mack is undoubtedly a bell cow back, which is a foreign look in Indianapolis.
Sadly, Deon Cain continues to be an afterthought in the offense. He has lost snaps to Chester Rogers (41 snaps) and hasn’t flashed any of the big play ability fans watched in training camp over the last two seasons. In 32 snaps, Cain wasn’t targeted.
Rookie linebacker Bobby Okereke saw his snaps reduced significantly with the healthy return of Darius Leonard. However, it should be noted that middle linebacker Anthony Walker previously dominated the linebacker snaps across from Leonard. On Sunday, Okereke took 17 snaps to Walker’s 34 and that led Walker’s total count down to 52%. However, only Walker registered a defensive stat.
Long-story short, Okereke did well enough during his time at middle linebacker during the three weeks Leonard recovered from his concussion that he may continue to be a more active part of the rotation at the position.
Rookie cornerback Rock Ya-Sin continues to be one of two rookies who could see the field for nearly every defensive snap moving forward. He was on the field for all 65 defensive snaps and finished tied for second on the team with 7 total tackles.
Rookie safety Khari Willis continues his big push with more time on the field. He joined Ya-Sin taking all 65 defensive snaps and tallied 5 total tackles.
After second-year defensive end Kemoko Turay suffered a season-ending ankle injury, fans speculated that rookie defensive end Ben Banogu could pick up much of the slack. While he saw the field for only 13 plays, he did flash on a nice run stop for a loss and added another tackle in limited time.
E.J. Speed continues to remain on the active roster and saw the field on defense for 2 plays. He did not register a defensive stat.