It doesn’t take long for injuries to have an impact on play usage. After only one week, the Colts saw some new faces getting meaningful opportunities. A number of young defensive players have started to see a more significant role and the roster’s depth is starting to become rather apparent.
Wide receiver Parris Campbell saw the field for 18 of 72 snaps, or 25%, and tallied on reception for 12 yards and a touchdown. It was good to see Campbell get his first touchdown reception and to see the impact of his speed crossing the face of defensive coverage. Expect more from the rookie speedster while Devin Funchess continues to recover from injury.
Quenton Nelson took every offensive snap and likely will in every game this season, barring some kind of injury. He was a dominant force who continues to earn a reputation for his physical play.
Running back Nyheim Hines saw the field on 14 of 72 snaps, or 19%. He carried the ball twice for 9 yards and added 1 reception on 2 targets for 5 yards. It is interesting to see how Hines and Colts tight ends haven’t been nearly as active in the Colts offense to start the season.
What may come as a surprise is that Jordan Wilkins only saw the field for 11 or 72 offensive snaps, or 15%. Unlike Hines, Wilkins was used heavily when on the field, including five rushing opportunities that produced 82 yards of offense, with long rushes of 15 and 55 yards. Wilkins also caught his only target in the passing game for four yards. This was the first time Wilkins has been healthy since he suffered an ankle/foot injury in training camp and he made the most of it.
Deon Cain saw the field on 33 of 72 snaps, or 46% — up from 17% in Week 1. Unfortunately, Cain was targeted only once and did not have a statistical impact in the game.
Marlon Mack returned to earth in his second outing, carrying the ball 20 times for only 51 yards. He added 2 receptions on 3 targets for 12 yards. Mack is still receiving a very heavy portion of the volume but split more time on Sunday — perhaps due to the heat. He saw the field for 49 of 72 offensive snaps, or 68%.
Mo Alie-Cox took the field for 24 of 72 snaps, or 33%. He was targeted only once in the passing game.
Wide receiver Zach Pascal saw the field for 32 of 72 snaps, or 44%. He was never targeted on offense and was again utilized more as a blocker.
Rock Ya-Sin saw the field for 49 of 60 defensive snaps, or 82%. He gathered three tackles and didn’t show up on the radar for any negative plays on Sunday. With Pierre Desir potentially missing some time, expect to see Ya-Sin tested more against the Falcons.
Ben Banogu saw much less of the field with the healthy return of second-year defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis. He was on the field for 7 or 60 defensive snaps, or 12% and did not register a defensive stat.
Khari Willis saw the field on 30 of 60 snaps, or 50%. He finished second on the team with 7 tackles and has inserted himself heavily into the conversation to potentially take over for Clayton Geathers at strong safety.
Bobby Okereke rotated in for 11 of 60 snaps, or 18%. He tallied a pass defensed and an assisted tackle on special teams.
All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard took the field for every defensive snap. He led the team with 10 tackles and a sack.
Strong side linebacker Matthew Adams saw the field for 24 of 60 snaps, or 40%. He gathered two total tackles.
Kemoko Turay was inactive dealing with a neck injury.
Hybrid defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis saw the field for 32 of 60 defensive snaps, or 53%. He gathered one assisted tackle.
Malik Hooker saw the field for every defensive snap and finished with 3 tackles and a near interception. Viewing the replay, one has to wonder whether he could have tried to reach out with both hands.
Anthony Walker took the field for 35 of 60 snaps, or 58%. He was strangely quiet, recording one tackle.
Kenny Moore took the field for 59 of the 60 defensive snaps, or 98%. He gathered three tackles and had another quiet day in coverage. Quiet days in coverage are a good thing.
Al-Quadin Muhammad took 50 of 60 snaps, or 83%. He gathered 4 tackles, including a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. While Muhammed will definitely take a step back when Jabaal Sheard returns, he has capitalized on his opportunities in the first two weeks of the season.
Quincy Wilson saw the field for 22 of 60 snaps, or 37%. He gathered 1 tackle but made 2 incredible plays in coverage. One was sadly called for defensive pass interference. The other sealed the game.
Grover Stewart saw the field for 26 of 60 snaps, or 43%. He has pushed his way into a nearly even time-share with starter Margus Hunt at nose tackle. He is taking advantage of his opportunities and gathered 4 tackles and a sack. Keep an eye on his continued development.