Bowen: Final Captains Picked, Canadian Linebackers, and Reggie

A few links to Kevin Bowen today: the first, on the promotion of Joe Lefeged to special teams captain. He, along with Pat McAfee, were two of six Colts to be assigned as the final set of captains this year; the other four are (unsurprisingly) Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, Robert Mathis, and Cory Redding. In the same interview with Bruce Arians (courtesy of WIBC), the coach announced that Tom Zbikowski and Donald Brown are ruled out of Sunday's game against Tennessee, so Lefeged will probably be starting at safety for the second straight week.

Second, the Colts seem to love Canadian linebackers this year. While everyone knows about Jerrel Freeman, the Colts also signed Justin Hickman from the CFL at the start of the year; after Hickman's recent injury, Indy went a step further and signed Jamaal Westerman, a fourth year linebacker who played high school ball in Canada. Westerman's set to get time on special teams.

Finally, a bit about the Colts surprisingly deep receiving core.

Behind Wayne is Donnie Avery (49 catches for 675 yards), who is putting career-high numbers in his fifth NFL season while providing numerous ‘chunk’ plays for the Indianapolis offense. A pair of rookies rank third and fourth on the Colts receiving list this season with T.Y. Hilton among the league’s best rookies with 39 catches for 588 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton admitted that he’s had a few rookie moments this season but his four 100-yard receiving games tells otherwise.

Because you were wondering, Wayne is fourth in the league in receiving yards, first in times targeted, third in receptions and 20+ yard receptions, and second in first down receiving. Not bad for a 34-year-old vet with a rookie quarterback.

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