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Colts Cast: Brissett comes through, defense stands up against Falcons to get Colts to 2-1by Matt Danely on September 23, 2019 at 11:45 pm
The Indianapolis Colts came into their home opener being looked at as a bit of a wild card team throughout the national audience. The left Week 3 a 2-1 team that controlled large portions of the game and featured their quarterback rising to the occasion. The Colts only had 7 drives throughout the entire game and had 5 of those 7 possessions last at least 9 plays. Jacoby Brissett was excellent, the defense came through when they had to, and several players had excellent games, both, statistically as well as in a somewhat quiet manner. Anthony Walker, Kenny Moore, Bobby Okereke, Quincy Wilson, the offensive line, Nyheim Hines and the list goes on. All of these guys played their butts off in route to the team’s second win of the season. The Colts second half is being a bit misconstrued as a bad half simply because they didn’t put a lot of points on the board. That’s not the case and we’ll talk about why that is. We’ll also discuss what issues the Colts still have going forward, as well as how the trickle down from front office, to coach, the rest of the staff, and all through the roster is playing a major role in the team’s success. The Colts are in a much better position than most have guessed they’d be at this point in the year, and the rest of the schedule is looking like the Colts could actually do some damage as it progresses. It’s a great time to be a Colts fan despite all that the team has been through so far. Please subscribe, rate and review the channel anywhere you listen to podcasts. Follow our hosts on Twitter: @MDanelySB | @ChrisBlystone |Chris Shepherd | Jim Campbell Stampede Blue Podcast Links: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Megaphone | SB Colts Cast YT Channel | Google | Spotify
Practice Squad Update: Gerri Green Signsby Elliot Singh Denton on September 23, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive end Gerri Green to the practice squad and released defensive end Jamal Davis from the practice squad. We have signed DE Gerri Green to the practice squad and released DE Jamal Davis from the practice squad.https://t.co/04kRGVqSqO— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 23, 2019 Defensive end Gerri Green was originally drafted by the Colts in the 2019 draft in the sixth round out of Mississippi State. Green was waived during final cuts in August 2019 and signed with the New England Patriots practice squad and remained there until his release last week. Defensive end Jamal Davis was signed to the Colts practice squad on 2nd September 2019. Davis went undrafted and signed to the Houston Texans after the 2019 draft and spent the offseason with them before being waived during final cuts.
Colts Safety Malik Hooker Suffers Torn Meniscus, Will Miss 4-6 Weeksby Chris Blystone on September 23, 2019 at 4:39 pm
Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images The Colts got some tough news today as word came down that the reason for Malik Hooker’s brief absence in Sunday’s game was a torn meniscus in his knee. Colts’ S Malik Hooker tore meniscus in his knee and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks, per source. He actually came back in and finished the game with the injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019 This is a big blow, because Hooker had looked solid through week 3 and the defense certainly looks worse without him. The expectation is that this injury will sideline him for 4-6 weeks, which would put his return around the middle of November. For a defense that has struggled against the pass as it is, this is brutal. Hooker adds a kind of defensive versatility that the Colts just don’t have otherwise. With him in a single high safety look they can play more man coverage, and he gives a serious threat to the back of their defense if quarterbacks try to test them deep. Perhaps the only positive news here is that the Colts have a bye week in week 6, and they won’t face a top passer in 4 of their next 6 games. Still, the loss is a costly one and will be a challenge for defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Thankfully, rookie safety Khari Willis has looked solid when called upon so far this season. He’ll need to continue showing out, because now the pressure will be on him to fill the substantial hole left by Malik Hooker until he can return.
Colts vs Falcons Week 3: Snap Countsby Chris Blystone on September 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images With week three in the books and the Colts fighting their way to a 2-1 start to the season, we are getting to a point where we can begin to draw some conclusions about this team from their playing time. Simply looking at the snap counts won’t necessarily tell us the whole story, because each matchup changes the personnel needed to face them. So let’s take a look at the week three snap counts and see what interesting tidbits we can find within. Offensive Notes All 5 starting offensive linemen have played in every single offensive snap this season. That cohesion is invaluable in building trust for Brissett, who was probably partially afraid of his own shadow after being hit so frequently in the 2017 season. Despite having just 4 catches for 46 yards, Jack Doyle was in for 69% of the offensive snaps. His presence on the field as a blocker has been huge in the running game as well as in pass blocking. Deon Cain was in on 40 snaps but targeted just 3 times for 1 catch. With T.Y. Hilton suffering from a quad injury, they need more from the second year player. Parris Campbell seems to have been a big beneficiary of Hilton missing in the second half. He saw 32 snaps, which is nearly double his work in the first two weeks. They’ll need him to grow up fast if Hilton has to miss time. Defensive Notes One surprise to me was that Bobby Okereke got nearly all the linebacker snaps in Darius Leonard’s absence. I thought there might be some time split between he and E.J. Speed. That definitely is telling about how they view the pecking order at the linebacker position. Malik Hooker was inexplicably off the field during the defense’s poorest stretch in the 3rd quarter. He played his fewest snaps all season and the broadcast team didn’t mention it. It will be interesting to hear the reason for that from Frank Reich. It isn’t surprising given his solid play from last week, but it was Khari Willis, not George Odum, who was getting snaps both in Hooker’s absence from the field and on certain defensive sets. The rookie has improved steadily every week. Rock Ya-Sin has gotten a consistently higher work rate than Quincy Wilson, and that was true this week as well. However, his snaps this week were down significantly since Pierre Desir was back for all of this game. It is certainly interesting that it was Ya-Sin and not Wilson whose snaps increased when Desir left the game.
Monday Morning Awards: Week 3 Vs. Falconsby Mateo Caliz on September 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images What a way to start things off at Lucas Oil Stadium! The Colts got a great win against a quality opponent and are now 2-1 to begin the season (could have easily been 3-0). This game seemed like a blowout at the half, with the Colts being up 20-3. However, the Falcons came out fired up in the second half and scored touchdowns on their first three drives. Luckily, the Colts scored in between that scoring barrage by the Falcons and managed to eat up the final 4:30 of the game. MVP of the Game: Jacoby Brissett I was tempted to give this one to Anthony Walker, who had a really good game, but he did miss a few coverages on Austin Hooper in the second half, so Jacoby is once again the Colts MVP of the game. Brissett was excellent this game, and despite a few little mistakes here and there, he had 310 yards and two scores, without any turnovers. Jacoby has developed a real connection with T.Y Hilton, especially in the red-zone, and he loves getting his tight ends involved. Reich was much more aggressive with his play-calling, and Brissett showed Colts fans that he can be trusted to lead this team. In case you have not noticed, I’m all about that JB hype. Dud of the Game: Entire D-Line The fact the defensive line was banged up throughout the game with injuries to Tyquan Lewis, Al-Qadin Muhammad, and Denico Autry is no excuse for how poorly the d-line played yesterday. Against a mediocre Falcons offensive line, the Colts did not get a single sack against Matt Ryan, and just amassed 4 QB hits on 34 attempts. In the running game, there were a few plays where Devonta Freeman had absolutely huge holes to run through, and he averaged 5.5 yards per carry, significantly more than what he was averaging entering the game. Play of the Week: Jack Doyle’s late game catch to seal the game On 3rd and 4, right after the Falcons burnt their last timeout with 1:54 seconds remaining, the Colts ran a perfect play-action that faked the run up the middle and left Doyle wide open for an easy third down conversion. Had the Colts ran the ball and kicked the field goal, Matt Ryan would have had a little bit more than a minute to score a touchdown, and even though that is not much time, he had been having his way against the Colts defense for most of the second half. Worst Play of the Week: Failing to score a TD on 1st and Goal, mid 2Q. The Colts had a first and goal on the 1 yard line of the Falcons midway through the second quarter. After a fantastic drive that started on the Colts 3 yard line, Indy made it all the way right to the doorstep of the Falcons’ end zone, yet after Marlon Mack was stuffed on 1st down, and Brissett threw two incompletions afterwards, the Colts were forced to settle for the field goal. Best Position Group: Offensive Line Big holes all game day long for Mack to run through, excellent protection in the passing game, and very few penalties this time makes the Colts offensive line the best position group on Sunday. Also, enjoy this clip of a Falcons cornerback absolutely cowering in the face of Big Q to start the week. BIG Q LEADS THE WAY. #ATLvsIND pic.twitter.com/dcvO8wy4EU— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 22, 2019 Unsung hero: Zach Pascal What a game for Zach Pascal, who is typically used on special teams and as a blocking receiver. Pascal had a wide open touchdown on an excellent play call by Frank Reich and finished the game with two receptions for 53 yards and a score. Really solid game for him. Rookie of the Week: Bobby Okereke Starting at linebacker after Darius Leonard’s injury, Okereke had a solid first start on Sunday. He finished the game with 8 total tackles and had a really solid hit on Devonta Freeman. He was always near the ball and overall was pretty good filling in for one of the best linebackers in the game.