The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Nathan Palmer off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. The Colts placed wide receiver Austin Collie on Injured Reserve.
Palmer, 5-11, 195 pounds, signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2012. He was waived on August 31 before being signed to the 49ers practice squad a day later. Palmer played in 48 games (20 starts) at Northern Illinois, totaling 93 receptions for 1,575 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Palmer attended Elkhart (Ind.) Central High School and was a first-team all-state and all-conference selection.
Collie played in one game this season, making one catch for six yards. For his career, Collie has appeared in 42 games (16 starts), totaling 173 receptions for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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The depth of the Colts 2012 rookie class was once again on display this weekend thanks to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
With three of the four longest plays from scrimmage for the Colts, Hilton showed that play making ability which made him a third round selection in April’s NFL Draft.
Following fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen’s first career touchdown last week, Hilton hauled in his first professional score on the team’s initial offensive possession on Sunday.
Quarterback Andrew Luck found the speedy Hilton in the slot position and the 40-yard touchdown gave the Colts a late first quarter lead.
Hilton didn’t care for individual accomplishments after the 22-17 loss, taking a look at the big picture and the inability to get the same offensive production following halftime.
“We let one get away from us,” Hilton said. “We have to close games better. Start fast in the second half like we did in the first half and we’ll be able to concentrate from there.”
Late in the fourth quarter, Luck once again found Hilton for a pair of significant gains at crucial moments.
With 2:56 remaining and the Colts down 16-14, Hilton caught a 32-yard gain on a Colts first-and-20 from Indianapolis’ own 15-yard line.
The final catch of the afternoon for Hilton was a 36-yard reception down the left sideline allowing the Colts a last second shot at the end zone.
The big play capability of Hilton has already been on display just two games into his first NFL season.
Hilton missed the Bears game due to a shoulder injury but since returning, he has been used in the return game along with as a receiver.
Dating back to his days at Florida International, Hilton has affected the game in multiple facets.
On Hilton’s first punt return, he gained 32 yards but that was negated due to an illegal block above the waist.
It is that electricity from Hilton which the Colts will be looking for the remainder of the season.
With the health of wide receiver Austin Collie uncertain heading into the bye week, the emergence of Hilton is a bright spot after such a devastating loss.
“This one stings,” Hilton said. “We have to come out stronger in the second half and come out more special, like we did in the first half.”
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With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.
Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had a career-high five catches for 35 yards on Sunday. His five catches were second most on the team.
Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard saw action offensively and on special teams against the Jaguars. He had five carries for 12 yards as the Colts once again used a trio of backs on Sunday.
LaVon Brazill, WR: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL tackle on a kick return.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener did not record a catch on Sunday as Allen had all the production in the receiving game for the tight end position.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was the star of the rookie class against the Jaguars. He had three of the four longest plays for the Colts offense on Sunday including his first career touchdown via a 40-yard reception. Hilton returned four punts for 29 yards and had one kickoff return for 26 yards.
Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-46 for 313 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He threw his fifth touchdown pass of the season, all of which have gone to different receivers. Luck also had a productive day on the ground against the Jaguars, rushing for 50 yards on four carries.
Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell were inactive against the Jaguars.
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Week 3 Results:
Texans 31 Broncos 25
-The Texans continued their impressive start to the 2012 season with a road victory in the Mile High City. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub threw four touchdown passes and showed his toughness by playing through a hit that took a piece out of his ear. Running back Arian Foster had 105 yards rushing on 25 carries. Schuab threw three straight first half touchdowns on three consecutive Houston drives and the Texans were able to hold a 31-11 fourth quarter lead.
NEXT GAME: Tennessee, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Titans 44 Lions 41 OT
-The Titans were apart of a slew of thrillers on Sunday in earning their first victory of 2012. Second-year quarterback Jake Locker was 29-of-42 for 378 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the afternoon. Tennessee led 41-27 before Lions quarterback Shaun Hill threw a touchdown pass with 18 seconds left to make it a one possession game. The Lions would then recover the onside kick before Hill threw a Hail Mary to wide receiver Titus Young to put the game into overtime. In overtime, Titans kicker Rob Bironas booted a 26-yard field goal to start overtime but the Lions would have one more chance. Detroit drove all the way down to Tennessee’s seven-yard line but was stuffed on a fourth-and-one resulting in the Titans 44-41 victory.
NEXT GAME: @Houston, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Jaguars 22 Colts 17
-Jacksonville got its first win of 2012 behind a final minute 80-yard pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert to wide receiver Cecil Shorts. The game-winning touchdown came on the first play from scrimmage following Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri hitting a 37-yard field goal to give Indianapolis a 17-16 lead with 56 seconds remaining. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had 177 yards rushing on 28 carries including a 59-yard touchdown on Jacksonville’s first play of the second half.
NEXT GAME: Cincinnati, Sunday at 4:05 EST.
2012 AFC South Standings
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