Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Denver.
His contributions will only grow moving forward but on Sunday night, Darrius Heyward-Bey had arguably his best game in a Colts uniform.
DHB caught four passes for 44 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch.
On the play, the threat of DHB in motion taking a handoff caused confusion for the Broncos defense. DHB then motioned back to the left side of the field and Luck found him for a well-executed touchdown.
“The last couple of games we’ve been running some reverses and we just wanted to give that look and get back out in the flat,” DHB said of his first touchdown with the Colts.
“Reggie (Wayne) said he had me on the block and I was able to get into the end zone. I give it up to the O-line, Reg and Coach Pep (Hamilton) for calling the play.”
Later in the game, DHB did take a handoff on a reverse and ran for a 30-yard gain.
“It felt great,” DHB said of his season-long rush. “The O-line did a great job blocking and Reg did a great job blocking down the field. When you see that open up, you just got to go.”
With Reggie Wayne sidelined for the remainder of the season, DHB’s role will only expand over the final nine games.
The Colts are sitting at 5-2 heading into the bye week and it’s wins like Sunday night that are a major reason why DHB signed with the Colts this season.
“Any win is big. In this league, it’s tough to win,” DHB said after the game. “Everybody is good so if you can get a win and play well, that’s big.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Outside Linebacker Erik Walden had a hand in all three Colts turnovers on Sunday. Walden hit Peyton Manning’s throwing arm on a fourth quarter pass that rocketed the ball up into the air and Pat Angerer eventually caught the interception. Walden also forced a goal line fumble in the fourth quarter to help the Colts preserve their nine-point victory.
–Safety LaRon Landry was back in the starting lineup after he missed the past month. Landry had six tackles, including several critical stops in the open field.
–Fullback Stanley Havili impacted the game in several ways on Sunday. Havili forced a fumble on punt coverage and had two tackles on special teams. He also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to give the Colts a 19-14 lead that they would not lose.
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