Positional Grades: Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins

Finally, a checkmark within the consume column for the Indianapolis Colts. 

On Sunday interior Laborious Rock Stadium, the Colts shook off a sluggish inaugurate against the host Miami Dolphins, established a bodily rushing assault, got after Dolphins’ quarterback Jacoby Brissett within the pocket and forced some turnovers, leading to a solid 27-17 consume to transfer to 1-3 on the season. 

While the consume feels colossal to talk about after three weeks of effort, there might perchance be aloof some complications that remain with the Indianapolis Colts’ roster. A consume is a consume even supposing, so let’s decide up pleasure from it and talk about it. 

Let’s decide as a lot as some grades from Sunday’s efficiency.

QB — B+

Playin on one healthy leg, Carson Wentz had a terribly stable sport on the freeway for the Colts. 

Wentz carried out 24-for-32 for 228 yards and two touchdowns, pushing the football down the arena and discovering some of his weapons to salvage some splash for the Colts’ offense. 

On the day, Wentz averaged 8.38 yards per strive, which is an overwhelming number in this day’s sport. He used to be protected with the football and proper did successfully discovering the launch man, gleaming when to consume what used to be there, and when to push the ball downfield. 

He even added some alternate choices to the flow sport, scrambling about a instances, including a 10-yarder to choose up out from the shadow of his hang cease zone early within the game. Overall, Wentz aloof continues to preserve onto the football a diminutive bit too lengthy, which resulted in a pair of sacks on Sunday, nonetheless he’s de facto settled into the Colts’ system under Frank Reich. 

RB – A-

RTDB! Finally! 

On the freeway, the Colts leaned heavily on the flow sport with Jonathan Taylor and Marlon Mack, chewing up the Dolphins’ protection all around the game. 

Taylor had his most effective efficiency of the season, gaining 103 yards and a touchdown on right 16 carries, ripping off a 23-yard touchdown and later helped seal the consume with a 38-yard plod down the left sideline after making a defender leave out in hiss. 

With Taylor rolling, the offense had a ton of steadiness, permitting the Colts to salvage essentially the most of play-action all around the game. 

Marlon Mack got a ton of labor one week after the file came out that the Colts and Mack had been mutually exploring a replace. Mack regarded true on 10 carries, gaining 22 yards and used to be focused twice out of the backfield. 

Nyheim Hines wasn’t weak as mighty on the bottom, receiving two carries and gaining seven yards and added right two catches for five yards out of the backfield. 

It used to be very clearly a day schemed up for Taylor and Mack to punish the Dolphins’ front seven on the bottom. Mission carried out. 

WR — B-

One other week, another solid showing from the Indianapolis Colts’ younger extensive receivers. 

Michael Pittman Jr. continues to emerge as a solid possession receiver while gaining the belief and self belief of Wentz. Pittman Jr. used to be focused eight instances on Sunday, hauling in six balls for 59 yards within the consume. Pittman Jr. isn’t going to threaten many teams deep, nonetheless he’s a huge, bodily receiver that can consume contested catches and inspire as that possession receiver that might perchance consistently transfer the chains. 

Identical goes for Zach Pascal, who is having a stable season for the Colts to this point. Pascal caught another four passes on Sunday for 44 yards, even supposing his one take went for 41 yards. He’ll stretch the arena vertically on over routes and succeed consistently, which is a ideal position for him. 

The Colts tried to work Parris Campbell deep on Sunday, nonetheless Wentz and the younger receiver right couldn’t join on a pair of targets down the arena. That said, Campbell carried out with two catches for 22 yards, including a key 12-yarder to transfer the chains. 

I’m odd to designate how this neighborhood takes off on the arena once T.Y. Hilton returns. 

TE — A+

What a efficiency from a duo that is generally underutilized. 

Mo Alie-Cox in the end got some work within the passing sport and dominated, ending with three catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns, his 2nd of which used to be a spotlight-reel preserve over Dolphins defensive abet Eric Rowe. His 28-yarder additionally place the tone early for the Colts’ offense, which shook off a diminutive little bit of a slumber to choose up going. 

Jack Doyle additionally made a colossal play downfield, hauling in a 24-yard contested absorb the center of the arena, wrestling the ball a ways flung from the Dolphins’ protection for the splash play to transfer the chains. 

These guys are particular-handed receivers and deserve to be fervent extra. With any luck because the Colts’ offense continues to choose up healthy we’ll inaugurate to designate Alie-Cox and Doyle weak as receivers extra usually. 

OL — C+

The Colts for sure got abet to running the football on Sunday, which used to be mighty wanted for an offense that has struggled to search out steadiness early within the season. 

I thought center Ryan Kelly used to be rather dang solid on Sunday after struggling through three weeks. He’s starting up to choose up healthy and his stage of play is returning. Aesthetic guard Worth Glowinski battled through a knee injury and performed successfully within the flow sport, getting out in front on some runs to spring Taylor, while left guard Chris Reed used to be rather true comparatively than the injured Quenton Nelson.

Tackles remain a snarl even supposing. Eric Fisher used to be truly tough on Sunday and used to be walked abet into Wentz usually on Sunday, while Julien Davenport used to be a whine-wreck all another time, leading to his benching for Matt Pryor, who used to be a diminutive beef up. 

It used to be a smarter day general for the line, nonetheless there might perchance be aloof a ton of room to beef up up front. 

DL — B+

The Colts’ line of defense bounced abet in a huge device on Sunday on the freeway against the Dolphins. The neighborhood up front helped preserve the Dolphins to right 35 rushing yards within the consume, and truly got after Jacoby Brissett within the game, hitting him four instances and sacking him three instances, one among which triggered a fumble. 

The Dolphins focused heavily on DeForest Buckner and it unfolded opportunities for Grover Stewart, Kemoko Turay, Isaac Rochell, Tyquan Lewis and Al-Quadin Muhammad all around the day. 

Stewart forced the fumble on Brissett, Turay recorded two sacks, Rochell added a pair of flow stops and Lewis tossed Miami’s Jakeem Grant like a rag-doll on a jet sweep, showing off impressive strength. 

LB — B+

Darius Leonard continues to salvage plays, which is incredibly encouraging for this protection. 

Leonard recorded an interception, virtually had a 2nd, and recovered Brissett’s fumble within the 2nd half that resulted in a Colts touchdown. He’s starting up to point out off some of that differ once extra and is continuously spherical the football. 

So is Bobby Okereke, who has truly rebounded from a tough inaugurate to place a query to love the linebacker the Colts had been hoping he’d be in yr three. 

Mixed, the duo recorded 16 tackles, one address for loss and two bound deflections. I could consume that every week from these two. 

Zaire Franklin regarded solid in flow scenarios, recording three flow stops on the day. 

DB — B

While the Colts held the Dolphins to right 199 passing yards on the day, I wasn’t too overjoyed with one of the most play within the secondary, particularly at security in Julian Blackmon, and with broken-down cornerback Xavier Rhodes. 

Rhodes used to be called for another defensive bound interference within the game and hasn’t truly regarded like himself general since getting abet from the calf injury. Blackmon missed a pair of tackles in hiss and regarded to be guessing all around the game. 

I thought broken-down Andrew Sendejo had a true sport getting sport action comparatively than Khari Willis. He didn’t bask in any gigantic plays and didn’t stick out as a consequence of blunders. 

I might perchance well like to designate extra splash from this neighborhood general even supposing. It can perchance perchance’t right be Kenny Moore at this point. 

Special Groups — B-

Essentially one of the most real looking proper snarl with particular teams on the day used to be Nyheim Hines’ muffed punt to launch the game, giving the Dolphins possession all another time, which resulted in three points. You right don’t survey that from him, and it came at the worst imaginable 2nd. 

Excluding that, particular teams used to be rather solid. Rodrigo Blankenship drilled each arena goal attempts on the day, while Rigoberto Sanchez used to be terrific punting the football directionally, averaging 50 yards per punt, downing two all around the Dolphins’ 20 yard line. 

Have thoughts on the Colts’ positional grades popping out of Sunday’s consume? Tumble a line within the commentary allotment below letting us know how you might perchance well be feeling! 

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