- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 2.
This category doesn’t amount to a player of the week for us here at AFC South HQ, so we don’t look to skill guys with gaudy numbers or sack specialists dragging down quarterbacks.
I would have liked to have gone with the whole Colts’ offensive line here, but I am told the guidelines demand I single out one player. So I choose the guy who supplemented the line in the first significant action of his career: rookie tight end Brody Eldridge.
He made a real difference for the Colts in their biggest ground yardage production since 2006. A week after not seeing much action as the Colts went with a lot more three-wide than two-tight end, Eldridge chipped in to block Giants defensive ends.
On Donald Brown’s 7-yard touchdown run that completed the Colts' opening drive and gave them a 7-0 lead, Eldridge lined up next to left tackle Charlie Johnson. Eldridge drove defensive end Osi Umenyiora outside before leaving him for Johnson and moving on to knock safety Antrel Rolle out of the play.
“I think he has a chance to be a good, solid football player,” Jim Caldwell said. “He is tough. He’s developing into a good in-line blocker, but he can also give you something in the pass game, as well. But he’s young yet. The jury is still out. It’s two ballgames, and the first one I think he played nine plays. We’ll see how he develops.”