The Colts had a total of 60 offensive and 77 defensive snaps on Sunday afternoon.
There were some interesting takeaways from the snap counts on both sides of the ball:
- In his NFL debut on Sunday, Daniel Adongo logged 22 special teams snaps. Adongo even fielded a pooch kickoff and had 1 kick return for 0 yards. Adongo lined up in the front line of the kick return unit on the far right side of the field. On kickoff cover, Adongo was the first person lined up to the right of Pat McAfee.
- The wide receiver breakdown for a total of 60 offensive snaps are as followed: T.Y. Hilton (45), LaVon Brazill (42), Da’Rick Rogers (41) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (23). The rise in Rogers snaps continues the trend from what we saw late in the Titans game on Dec. 1.
- At the running back position Donald Brown (32 snaps), Trent Richardson (24 snaps) and Chris Rainey (3 snaps) accounted for the snaps. Brown had 8 touches for 29 yards. Richardson had 11 touches for 88 yards.
- At inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (51 snaps, 5 tackles) got the start. Pat Angerer played 22 snaps and finished with 1 tackle.
Tags: Chris Rainey, da'rick rogers, Daniel Adongo, darrius heyward-bey, donald brown, kelvin sheppard, LaVon Brazill, pat angerer, T.Y. Hilton, trent richardson
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With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 40-11 loss to the Cardinals:
On the stakes this weekend:
“Tennessee going out there and beating Oakland, winning that football game, being two games back, obviously they are still in the hunt. They know that. We know that. It’s not going to be easy Sunday, but we control our own destiny. We’ve got to go back to work. We’ve got to have a great week of practice. We’ve got to do more. We’ve got to do it better. It’s at our place. It’s at Lucas Oil Stadium. They’ve got to come in here. This is like déjà vu all over again, coming off that disappointing loss to St. Louis then having to go down there on a short week and get that win. Same situation. Same scenario. We’ve got to put the time in, prepare and play well.”
On Sergio Brown’s blocked field goal:
“It was a great play by him and he did some outstanding things in that football game. The blocked field goal was one of them. He covered punts. He drew a couple of flags. As a gunner, he’s just a dominating force out there. He’s been playing at a high level for us on special teams and we certainly need him to do that.”
On the play of tight end Coby Fleener:
“I think he’s risen up to the challenge. When Dwayne (Allen) went down, he was obviously asked to do more and he’s done that. No. 1, Alfredo Roberts (tight ends coach) has done a tremendous job with all the tight ends. He’s with Coby 24/7, around the clock. Coby’s stepped up his game. You are not only seeing the level of his play go up on Sunday’s, but it’s because what he’s doing Monday-Saturday. He’s practicing really well. He’s putting the time in that you need to put in, in the meeting room. He understands the concepts and the schemes that we’re running. He’s playing fast because he’s practicing fast. I think the level of play and production that he’s giving us is just a byproduct of the hard work that he’s put in.”
On why weren’t Chris Rainey and Da’Rick Rogers active on Sunday:
“Two young, talented players, as we all know. There’s been a lot of talk about these two young players and excited about having them up, having them on the roster. Having Chris here just one week and Da’Rick being up on the active roster two weeks, there’s an acclimation period. These guys are working hard. They’re doing everything they can. As soon as they are more familiar with the playbook and we can start to implement them into our plan offensively, we are going to try and get them out there as soon as we can.”
On the schedule for this week with Thanksgiving:
“We practice every Thanksgiving. All we do is we move up the schedules. We move up practice time and try to get the players and coaches out of here so they can spend some time with their families in the afternoon.”
Tags: Chris Rainey, chuck pagano, Coby Fleener, da'rick rogers, Sergio Brown
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Weslye Saunders was keeping something from his teammates on Wednesday morning.
They knew Saunders had played with new running back Chris Rainey in Pittsburgh and against him in college.
Yet, Saunders wanted his teammates to get their own look at the electric Rainey on the football field before he offered his own opinion.
“We are getting a special player,” Saunders said of Rainey. “That guy is a hell of a player. Tough little dude.”
The 5-9, 180-pound Rainey is known for his All-American track speed that he showcased in the University of Florida’s spread offense.
Rainey was chosen in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft and played in all 16 games of his rookie season with the Steelers.
Whether it was running the ball (26 carries for 102 yards), catching it (14 receptions for 60 yards) or impacting the game on special teams (39 kick returns for 1,035 yards), Rainey showcased his versatility last season.
However, the Steelers cut Rainey after an off the field incident in early January.
Rainey is “blessed” to have a second chance and says he has learned from his mistakes.
“Hell yeah,” Rainey said when asked if he’s learned. “Eleven months is a long time, so I’m just glad to be back.”
In practice on Wednesday, Rainey worked as a return man and also a scout team running back.
His dynamic ability was used in multiple ways at Florida and while he’s not exactly sure where he will fit in with the Colts, he’s grateful to be back in the NFL and playing for a contenting team.
“I know I’m a playmaker,” Rainey said. “I came to help the team win. Wherever they put me, I’ll be ready.”
As a former SEC opponent, Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman can attest to Rainey’s playmaking ability.
Safe to say Chapman is glad to have Rainey in his locker room this time around.
“We got a fast, dangerous player,” Chapman said of Rainey.
“You don’t find many small guys that run that tough. He’s pretty fast and I know I don’t like chasing him.”
Tags: Chris Rainey, josh chapman, Weslye Saunders
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