Well I don't know about you, but I'm still in shock.
Having seen Donald Thomas and Dwayne Allen placed on IR, a disappointing loss to the Dolphins and a blockbuster trade for running back Trent Richardson, there was a mood of negativity surrounding the Colts as they headed to San Francisco, looking to defeat the vaunted 49ers. Much to everyone's surprise, the Colts completely suffocated Jim Harbaugh's team and came away with a stunning 27-7 victory.
The optimism around the fanbase now stretches to the rookies, with a couple of encouraging displays..
Having seen his snaps increase the Dolphins, many Colts fans will have expected to see Werner on the field for more than 23 plays on Sunday – but he's still on the field for about half of the available snaps. Pro Football Focus gave Werner a solid 0.0 grade on Sunday, mainly for his run defense (+0.4). Whilst he registered a hurry, Werner's pass rushing grade of -0.5 was slightly disappointing. Regardless, the German's performances are gradually improving, and it gives fans optimism that his transition from defensive end to outside linebacker is starting to take effect.
Thornton was thrusted into the starting lineup on Sunday, with Donald Thomas placed on Injured Reserve. The rookie from Illinois bounced back from a tough week against the Dolphins to post a fantastic +1.9 grade on PFF. His +1.2 performance in run blocking was a key factor in Ahmad Bradshaw's success, whilst he only gave up one quarterback hit. With the Colts crying out for talent on the offensive line, Thornton's improved performance is another timely boost.
Holmes was finally active! Samson Satele's injury at center meant Mike McGlynn shifting over from right guard, and Jeff Linkenbach taking his place. Holmes reportedly took snaps with the first team last week which would suggest he's making an impression in some way. As suggested earlier, the Colts need talent on the offensive line and Holmes' return will hopefully increase competition.
Another week, another inactive. I haven't heard of injuries, so is he a healthy scratch? The Colts brought back defensive end Lawrence Guy this week as a result of Ricky Jean Francois' injury, but having offered workouts to nose tackles Jerrell Powe and Jordan Miller, there are question marks over Hughes' participation in the rest of the season.
Kerwynn Williams and Da'Rick Rogers were placed on the practice squad as they made way for OT Xavier Nixon and the aforementioned Lawrence Guy. Justice Cunningham also remains on the practice squad despite Dwayne Allen's season ending injury. John Boyett remains unsigned. Nixon, an undrafted free agent out of Florida, flashed some ability in Gainesville but was plagued by inconsistency. He is primarily a depth option at this point.
How is Jerry Hughes doing in Buffalo? Better than Kelvin Sheppard has done for Indy? I honestly don't know.
Montori Hughes clearly has the physical skills, but he must not yet be up to speed with how to use them.... a project.
What effect do you think Mathis and his transition from the same situation is having on Werner? It took Mathis almost a season to really find his way as a LB. I would guess he's helping Werner.