Thursday, August 7, 2014
Observation Deck: Indianapolis Colts
By Mike Wells
Overtime is the last thing anybody wants in the preseason. New York Jets rookie kicker Andrew Furney made a 51-yard field goal with 68 seconds left in the game to give the Jets a 13-10 victory. Third-string quarterback Chandler Harnish had a chance to at least put the Colts in position to tie the game, but Jets defensive end Ikemefuna Enemkpali came off the edge and forced a fumble. Linebacker A.J. Edds recovered the loose ball to seal the game for the Jets.
Here are some other thoughts on the Colts’ first preseason game of the year:
- Center Khaled Holmes’ attempt to get some extended playing time lasted less than one series. Holmes, starting for the first time in his NFL career, left the game with a left ankle injury on the Colts’ opening drive. Losing Holmes for any extended period of time would be a significant blow for the Colts because they don’t have an experienced backup. Holmes’ backup, Donald Thomas, is out for the season with a torn quad. Rookie Jonotthan Harrison replaced the injured Holmes and he had two bad snaps totaling a loss of 25 yards, including one that ended the Colts’ first drive of the game. That's why Indianapolis can’t afford to be without Holmes for a while. Holmes missed most of training camp in 2013 with a right ankle injury. Offensive lineman Ulrick John (ankle) and linebacker Daniel Adongo (bicep) also left the game with injuries.
- Colts coach Chuck Pagano talked earlier this week about how he hoped the starting offensive unit could sustain a long first drive so that he could get quarterback Andrew Luck out of the game. Mission accomplished. Luck led the Colts down the field on their opening drive that ended with an Adam Vinatieri 39-yard field. The Colts used a hurry-up offense that included Luck in the shotgun the majority of the drive. He went 4 of 5 for 53 yards. All four of Luck’s completions went to receivers T.Y. Hilton or Hakeem Nicks. The decision to get Luck out of the game was an easy one for Pagano, especially after the team lost Holmes.
- Daniel “Boom” Herron took advantage of Trent Richardson only playing one series and Ahmad Bradshaw not playing at all to help his case in the competition to be the team’s third running back. Herron had seven carries for 26 yards and six catches for 36 yards. He scored the Colts’ only touchdown when he took a pass from backup Matt Hasselbeck in the flat and went in from 12 yards out, just managing to get the ball over the goal line before going down to the ground. Speaking of Richardson, he finished with 13 yards on five attempts. Don’t be alarmed, though. He played better than his stats would indicate. His first carry of the game was for almost 9 yards.
- Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner’s stat line says he finished with only two tackles. His presence was felt for more than just those two tackles. He didn’t get any sacks, but Werner got around the edge twice in the first quarter to put pressure on Jets quarterback Geno Smith and force him to step up in the pocket. The Colts obviously would have wanted the sacks, but the fact Werner was able to put pressure on the quarterback is a good thing because he’ll be the starter in the first four games of the season while Robert Mathis serves his suspension. Cam Johnson, who is backing up Werner, got one of the Colts’ two sacks.
- Mathis, Bradshaw, receiver Reggie Wayne, receiver Josh Lenz, cornerback Vontae Davis, safety LaRon Landry, fullback Stanley Havili, linebacker Andrew Jackson, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, linebacker Josh McNary and offensive lineman Xavier Nixon did not play.