Frank Reich says in practice Kemoko Turay looks like the same guy he was before the injury. "Speed and bend coming off the edge. Disruptive player with a lot of explosiveness."— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) November 16, 2020
Remember, when he returns, he'll be on a pitch count. https://t.co/FhaUvVDGrG
The 3rd-year pass rusher has been progressing in team practices from a season-ending ankle injury that he suffered in Week 5 of 2019 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
While Turay has been eligible to be activated for a few weeks now, the Colts were being cautious with their young defensive end—coming off of surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation (which included mitigating lingering pain in Turay’s surgically repaired ankle in early September).
The speed rusher could be a big addition to the Colts pass rushing unit—even as a rotational defensive end (and initial limited reps) from the get-go:
Per PFF (subscription), Turay was their 3rd highest graded pass rusher during 2019 with a +91.0 pass rushing grade—albeit in limited action. He had 2 sacks and 14 total QB pressures in 69 total pass rushing snaps during 2019 before his season was unfortunately cut short.
Highest pass-rush win % among edge defenders in 2019 (min. 50 snaps):— PFF IND Colts (@PFF_Colts) November 16, 2020
1. Kemoko Turay - 29.5%
2. J.J. Watt - 25.7%
3. Myles Garrett - 25.0% https://t.co/DQvcfIuYzM
The Colts currently rank 15th with 21.0 sacks on the season.
Turay could join a talented and deep Colts’ defensive line unit that already features All-Pro DeForest Buckner, veteran stalwart Justin Houston, run stuffing stud Grover Stewart, the always rock solid Denico Autry, and other emerging backups (Tyquan Lewis, etc.).