In a situation completely opposite to the Chargers fiasco, that was certainly worth staying up until 5:30am for. All the worry and dread pre-match quickly became delight and eventually more worry and dread as Peyton Manning started to lead a comeback, but the Colts held on for a vital win.
Whilst the Colts enjoyed a productive game across the field, the impact of their rookies is still to be felt.
Werner was once again inactive, with his foot injury keeping him out of action yet again against the Denver Broncos. With the bye week now upon us, the hope is that Werner will make a full recovery and make it back to face the Houston Texans in Week 9. Whilst Erik Walden has actually made a couple of big plays recently, it's still imperative to get the German on the field in order to maintain his development in the NFL.
Thornton bounced back from a bad showing against the Chargers with a decent display against the Broncos. Thornton posted a +0.7 grade on Pro Football Focus, which, whilst it isn't an outlandish grade, it is solid for a third round rookie thrust in at left guard. Much of this grade was a result of his +1.1 grade in run blocking, but the former Illinois man continues to have struggles in pass protection, where he has posted just one positive grade all season.
Holmes was inactive against the Broncos, with no official line from the team as to why. Holmes may have to take some snaps once healthy, with Samson Satele again struggling with injury against Denver. As a result, Mike McGlynn moved to center and Joe Reitz moved to right guard. Holmes may be used as a sixth offensive lineman if Satele continues to struggle with injuries, or even forced into a starting role if our offensive line becomes even more decimated.
Still missing. I'm gonna put up posters around Indiana soon, or put his face on the side of milk cartons.
Offensive tackle Xavier Nixon was inactive against the Broncos, but tight end Jack Doyle saw a season-high 11 snaps on Sunday night, posting a +0.1 grade on PFF.
Da'Rick Rogers may be making an appearance on this in future weeks, with a spot available on the roster to replace the injured Reggie Wayne. I really liked Da'Rick coming out of Tennessee Tech, ranking him as the 71st best player available in the 2013 Draft. He had plenty of talent, but also plenty of off field concerns. I think he has a chance to stick on the roster, providing he shows an improved level of maturity.
Something that has caught my attention this week is the outcry for a trade to replace Wayne. With a limited amount of ammunition available, it got me thinking about where those picks had gone.
1st Round: Trent Richardson
4th Round: Montori Hughes
6th Round: Josh Gordy
7th Round (conditional): Cam Johnson
With none of those players really contributing this season, it's a poor return so far. Can the Colts afford to give up more picks at this stage? Next year's Rookie Watch may be fairly pointless if they do...
Hughes we will see what happens, was always viewed as a project, but yeah tons of potential there. I will add to the previous thing I wrote, if you trade a first for a RB he better be good already or better have potential to be the best RB in the league, richardson doesn't have the first, might have the second, but that dwindles down every game.
So yeah, I will admit the RIchardson trade is a bust if we can not teach him how to find the open hole, has all the skills in the world but if there is not the slightest hole there you are not going to get much yardage, dude needs to watch some Marshawn Lynch or something, we really are going to have to coach that aspect of his game up.
Trent is fine--without him we would not have several wins I am alright with the trades. Davis also came thur trading! That was a great move! But moving Hasselbeck seems very risky, seems wise only if he is never needed.
How about trading Matt Hasselbeck to St, Louis? The Rams desperately need a veteran QB. Bradford is still under contract thru 2015, now with an ACL tear he may not be ready for the start of next year. Bradford is way behind in his career development and could use a strong mentor more than Luck.
What more could Hasselbeck teach Luck, that Luck has not already learned? With a 3 game lead on the Texans and 2 game on the Titans who still must play the Broncos, the only way the Colts do not make the playoffs is if Luck is injured for 3 or more games. If that happened who thinks Hasselbeck will carry the Colts to deep in the playoffs?
Trade Hasselbeck for a third round or higher pick. Right now the Rams are screwed with out a veteran QB.
We really gave up that much of the 2014 draft? The first round, I know, but didn't realize the others as well.
Damn, rookie hazing could be particularly harsh for the sole rookie we sign next year--"Dude, you know the rules, Rookies carry all the OL baggage to the dorms for training camp." "Yeah, but (gasp) I'm only one guy, I'm a 175 lb 5th round kicker, and you each brought your own frikkin' washing machine!" "Technically, I packed an industrial autoclave, and point taken, but rules is rules, my man. And hey, don't drop that sack of dumbbells, alright?"
"So far" are the key words about the traded picks. TRich and Hughes could end up being mainstays. Gordy is well worth a 6. And if Cam stays with the team he's worth a 7.
@thellamajockey Rams are 3-4 have the seahawks twice the Colts, Niners and Saints once, not to mention Chicago and Arizona, their chances of doing anything this year are horrible and will most likely end up with a high pick, trading a 3rd or higher for Hasselbach is silly in my opinion even as a potential mentor for Bradford, to me bradford has more important needs than a mentor.
I actually doubt that we have any assets player wise that we could give up and get much value for and not really hurt our team. (I should add any team trading a 3rd for Hasselbach is foolish.