This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
The adaptation of the Colts offense has had to adjust quite a bit over the last few weeks.
With the injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne, the Colts skill group has been forced to throw some different looks out there lately.
That has seen a diminished role for Hakeem Nicks compared to what the Colts free agent signee saw early on in the season.
Nicks came into Sunday catching just three passes in over a month.
On Sunday though, Nicks caught two balls for 44 yards, which ties the second most receiving yards he has had in 2014.
His afternoon began with a 26-yard touchdown early in the second quarter where Nicks showed a nice ability to run after the catch and get into the end zone for his fourth score of the year.
Then on the Colts next touchdown drive there was Nicks showing his ability to go up and get it, something coveted during the free agency period, with an 18-yard sideline grab.
With the extra attention building each week for T.Y. Hilton, there will inevitably be favorable matchups for the Colts offense going forward.
“I just wanted to go out there and make plays and they called my number and I showed up,” Nicks said after the Colts 17-10 victory.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Sheldon Price to the active roster from the practice squad and waived tackle Andrew McDonald from the active roster.
Price, 6-2, 198 pounds, has spent the entire season on the Colts practice squad. He was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013 and was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on December 26, 2013. He was inactive for the 2013 regular season finale and both postseason contests. At UCLA, Price competed in 47 career games (45 starts) and totaled 157 tackles (123 solo), 21 passes defensed, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a senior in 2012, he tied for the team lead with four interceptions and set the school’s single-game record with three picks against Houston. Following the season, Price participated in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.
McDonald was signed by the Colts as a free agent on December 3, 2014. He played in two games with the Seattle Seahawks this season before being signed to their practice squad on November 22, 2014. McDonald was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University on May 14, 2012 and also spent time with the Carolina Panthers in 2013.
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