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.”
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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