This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is right tackle Denzelle Good.
The man who spent the past three seasons blocking at the Division II level made his NFL debut Sunday, starting at right tackle.
Rookie Denzelle Good, from Mars Hill University, got the start on Sunday with Joe Reitz flipping over to left tackle, in place of Anthony Castonzo (sprained MCL).
Normally, a four-penalty day (three on offense) for an offensive lineman wouldn’t lead to a noteworthy debut, but that wasn’t the entire story for Good.
The right edge was secure with Good starting, as the 350-pound seventh-round pick filled in more than adequately.
With Chuck Pagano listing Castonzo as “week-to-week”, there’s a decent chance the starting experiment will continue with Good in the lineup.
“He’s a great kid,” Matt Hasselbeck said of the current right tackle.
“He’s a guy that, like myself, no one probably was expecting to play this year. He stepped up and answered the bell. I didn’t notice anything, so that’s probably a really good thing.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts strung their winning streak to three games on Sunday in a 25-12 victory over the Buccaneers.
It was a dominant second half for the Colts with their defense pitching a shutout and the offense finding the end zone twice.
The Colts (6-5) will next head to Pittsburgh (6-5) for a Sunday Night Football matchup in Week 13.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
STIRRING HALFTIME MESSAGE – Led by veterans Matt Hasselbeck and Kendall Langford, halftime messages definitely resonated with their teammates Sunday. The Colts looked like a totally different team following intermission. A 12-6 halftime deficit evaporated quickly for the Colts, helping them notch their third straight victory.
HASSELBECK CONTINUES TO LEAD – Jameis Winston called him “a straight surgeon” after watching Matt Hasselbeck operate on Sunday. Hasselbeck’s 315-yard, two-touchdown outing was once again highlighted by no turnovers. Hasselbeck joined Brett Favre as the only 40-year-old quarterback to win four straight starts in a single season.
COLTS RAMP UP PASS RUSH – Just like they did in Atlanta last week, the Colts pass rush was a different animal in the second half. Four sacks for the defense stymied anything the Bucs tried to do after halftime. The Colts were able to control field position thanks to a strong start to the second half from the defense.
HOUSTON KEEPS PACE – With a pair of home wins over the NFC South, the top of the AFC South kept pace on Sunday. At 6-5, the Colts hold the division lead over Houston (6-6) because of their Week Five victory over the Texans. These two appear to be on a crash course for a massive Week 15 meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium.
ONE MORE IN PRIMETIME – The Colts will have their fifth and final primetime game of 2015 next Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are coming off a 39-30, cross-country, loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger is undergoing the concussion protocol so that will be a major storyline heading into next week.
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