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Rookie Hugh Thornton plays with the first team offense and excels in his NFL debut

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 25, 2013 – 4:45 pm

After missing the entire 2013 training camp with an ankle injury, rookie Hugh Thornton made his NFL debut on Saturday night.

Thornton entered on the Colts third offensive series and would go on to play the entire second and third quarter at right guard (42 snaps).

“It felt awesome just being out there after not playing in camp and not practicing as much as I’d like to,” Thornton said after the win. “I had the opportunity to go in (Saturday) with the 1’s for a little bit so it was great to be out there.”

Just a few days before the Colts were scheduled to head to Anderson, Thornton got rolled up on during the rookie camp and he just recently returned to practice.temp2013_0824_CLE_3654--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Not only was Thornton effective against the Browns (apart of both Colts touchdown drives), the third-round pick was frequently running down the field picking his teammates off the turf.

“It was a good night for the whole team, defense came out and shut them down,” Thornton said. “Offense came out and we played physical and we were able to play our game at home.”

“I’m excited where we are heading as a team.”

With starter Mike McGlynn sidelined with a bruise knee, the opportunity is there for some significant reps at the right guard spot.

Interior depth along the offensive line has been somewhat of a mystery with Thornton and fourth round pick Khaled Holmes also missing a bulk of training camp.

Thornton’s play on Saturday night showed the “mauler” mentality that the Colts saw when drafting the Illinois product.

“I thought (Thornton) played really well for a guy that hasn’t taken any snaps since he finished the rookie minicamp prior to training camp,” Head Coach Chuck Pagano said. “He looked pretty good in there in the rush and the pass game, very pleased with his performance.”


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3 Responses to “Rookie Hugh Thornton plays with the first team offense and excels in his NFL debut”

  1. By T Stout on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    I thought Emmitt Cleary had been playing an excellent guard position in preseason and hope this does not impact his chances of making the final roster.

  2. By hetfieldrox on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with T Stout. Cleary looked great at RG against 2nd teamers, after McGlynn stunk it up against starters in PS games 1 & 2. Looked like Cleary played LG in game 3, and it was hard to see how he did, what with all the sideline interviews and stuff. He looked a little lost at the new position to me. If I were pulling the strings, the Colts would keep 9 OL, and McGlynn would be the odd-man out.

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