Colts Authority’s Rookie Watch – Week 14


Werner finished up with +0.4 grade on Pro Football Focus, which was staggeringly the fourth highest grade a player on the Colts defense got. Werner saw just 27 snaps against the Bengals, but he did get a pass breakup and a tackle, though he still has just 0.5 sacks on the season and had a missed tackle against Cincinnati too. Werner is kind of a project at outside linebacker, so I'm willing to be patient with the German, but I think fans expected a little bit more out of their first round pick.


The third round pick out of Illinois was inactive against the Bengals with a neck injury, but his replacement Joe Reitz had a very good game in his place. It remains to be seen whether Thornton will now come back in and play at his more natural position of right guard in place of Mike McGlynn, but the offensive line played pretty well without Thornton.


Holmes was finally active against the Bengals, but featured in a grand total of zero snaps as the team chose to use fellow rookie Xavier Nixon as the sixth offensive lineman instead. I still think there's no way Holmes can be as bad as Samson Satele, who had the lowest offensive grade on Pro Football Focus.


Hughes saw more playing time this week with Ricky Jean Francois out injured, but, like everybody else on defense, struggled. He finished with -1.0 on Pro Football Focus, which was the eighth highest grade we had on defense. That kinda sums things up.


Da'Rick Rogers had a fantastic start, recording six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Rogers, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee Tech by way of Tennessee, saw 41 snaps compared to Darrius Heyward Bey's 24. The change has finally happened.

Xavier Nixon, the offensive tackle from Florida, saw four snaps and recorded a 0.6 grade on PFF.

Jack Doyle saw just ten snaps this week, finishing up with poor grades in run blocking.

Josh McNary impressed, albeit in just seven defensive snaps, with PFF particularly impressed with his play in pass coverage.

Kenyan rugby player Daniel Adongo saw his first ever snaps in the NFL and did some good things on special teams, impressing with his athleticism.