Colts Authority’s Rookie Watch – Week 4

Two wins on the bounce, things aren't so bad after all! The 37-3 hammering of the Jacksonville Jaguars was a formality, but it was still a resoundingly strong display from the Colts in all facets of the game.

However, the inconsistency of the Colts' rookies continues, whilst we also saw major injury blow to the defense…


The German was on the field for just two snaps before he suffered a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, which has ruled him out for 4-6 weeks. This is a huge blow to an already underwhelming pass rush (outside of Robert Mathis), and now Cam Johnson will be relied upon for outside pressure alongside Erik Walden. Pro Football Focus graded Werner's two snaps at -0.2, but this was a tough week for the first round pick, who has been improving steadily of late.


Thornton's up and down season continues. A poor game against the Dolphins was followed up with a very good game against the 49ers…and now back to a tough display against the Jaguars. He's still playing at left guard, which wasn't his natural position at Illinois and it showed, as PFF gave him a -2.1 grade in pass protection, and an overall -1.2 grade. Thornton has shown flashes this season, and Colts fans are still hoping he'll be the long term answer at right guard, saving us from the disaster that is Mike McGlynn.


The USC graduate was once again active, but also didn't register any snaps as the Colts chose to use Joe Reitz as their additional lineman. The Colts may be holding Holmes back either because he's still recovering from injury or they simply don't think he's ready for NFL action yet, but it's strange that with all the injuries on the offensive line, Holmes is yet to take a snap.


Montori Hughes is still yet to be active for a game, though as our very own Brent Fatig pointed out on Twitter, Holmes appeared to be running at right guard with the second string team, which is a surprise. Justice Cunningham and Kerwynn Williams remain on the practice squad, alongside fellow rookies Da'Rick Rogers and Sheldon Price.