Preseason Opener: Colts vs. Jets

Posted on Aug 8 2014 - 1:41am by Luke Schultheis
Boom Herron

Colts’ RB Dan “Boom” Herron was explosive on Thursday night, making a strong showing to be the 3rd RB.

STARTERS:

Offense

THE GOOD

QB Andrew Luck: Luck looked sharp, showing no signs of rust, going 4/5 for 53 yards. He led the Colts to the Jets red zone and may have thrown for a touchdown, had it not been for rookie undrafted free agent’s Jonotthan Harrison’s (replacing Holmes) ill-snap that sailed past #12.

WR T.Y. Hilton: In his lone possession with the offense during the opening drive, he caught 3 passes for 38 yards, showing great chemistry with QB Andrew Luck. It’s looking like this duo started where they left off in 2013, when they finished last year red hot.

OG Jack Mewhort: Looked comfortable in there and was able to clear out some running lanes and keep Andrew Luck upright. I didn’t notice him out there, which is always a good thing for an offensive lineman making their first start.

THE BAD

RB Trent Richardson: He wasn’t horrible, but he’s not going to silence his critics anytime soon with a 5 carry for 13 yards outing (2.6 ypc).

Colts' Starting Center Khaled Holmes left early in the 1st Quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

Colts’ Starting Center Khaled Holmes left early in the 1st Quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

C Khaled Holmes: Not his play, but his health, as he had to leave the game in the 1st quarter because of an ankle injury and was helped off the field, although he eventually was able to walk from the sideline to the locker room on his own accord.

 

 


Defense

THE GOOD

CB Darius Butler: He looked aggressive in run support and made two clean open field tackles on Jets’ ballcarriers in the 1st quarter, one of which was on the “load” that is RB Chris Ivory.

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Colts’ OLB chases down RB Chris Johnson, as #92 had a solid 2014 debut game, showing much improvement.

OLB Bjoern Werner: He had a pressure to the right of the line of scrimmage on QB Geno Smith at 7:30 in the first quarter on 2nd down that led to an incomplete pass. It’s looked like he’s put in a lot of work in the offseason, as he looks quicker and lighter on his field.

NT Josh Chapman: Looked more comfortable out there, and dare I say bigger? Helped control the line of scrimmage and could be a real anchor out there for the Colts’ 3-4 defense in 2014.

THE BAD

N/a: Didn’t notice anyone that was playing poorly


Special Teams

THE GOOD

P Pat McAfee: Hopefully, he saves some of that leg for the regular season, as Pat was booming punts all night, including a 61 yard blast of a punt, that may still be in orbit. They call him “Boomstick” for a reason, folks.

THE BAD: 

K Adam Vinatieri: Here’s hoping he’s just getting it all out of his system, because you rarely see AV shank a 29 yard chip shot, wide right. He was 1/2 including a 39 yard make.


BACK-UP’S

Offense

THE GOOD

RB Dan “Boom” Herron: He entered the evening as the favorite for the 3rd RB spot, and he only boosted his case with a strong showing. Herron finished the night with 7 carries for 26 yards, demonstrating a lot of burst and was able to get past defenders and to the second level. In a lot of ways, he looks to be a homerun hitter in the way that RB Donald Brown was for the offense last season. While his running numbers weren’t unworldly, his 6 receptions for 36 yards and a TD showed his versatility in the passing game. He was the star of the first half on offense.

Colts' talented 2nd-year wideout, Da'Rick Rogers, points to the sideline after catching a 45 yard deep pass from Hasselbeck.

Colts’ talented 2nd-year wideout, Da’Rick Rogers, points to the sideline after catching a 45 yard deep pass from  QB Matt. Hasselbeck.

QB Matt Haselbeck: With 15 seasons under his belt, Matt Hasselbeck is one of the best back-up QB’s in the business. It’s not just his experience though, as Hasselbeck is consistent and seems to make the right decision and throw. Playing behind a so-so Colts’ 2nd unit offensive line, Hasselbeck had himself a pretty solid night as he went 10/15 for 114 yards and 1 TD. He connected with Da’Rick Rogers on a deep 45 yard throw and had a nice dump down to Boom Herron for his TD scamper.

WR Da’Rick Rogers: Showed great deep speed, as he connected with Colts’ Back-up Matt Hasselbeck for a 45 yard strike. The thing I liked most is that Rogers didn’t just step out of bounds after the catch, he looked for more contact and to continue the play.

WR Donte Moncrief: The rookie connected with QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 16 yard catch with about 20 seconds left in the first half, showing nice fluidity and hands in his route.

TE Jack Doyle: Had a catch for 8 yards on a ball from Haselbeck with 26 seconds left in the first half. Also, nearly missed out on a TD as he just couldn’t quite get his tiptopes in on a deep throw. While he didn’t make the catch, he showed exceptional athleticism for such a big body.

THE BAD

C Jonotthan Harrison: When Holmes left in the first quarter because of an ankle injury, Harrison was thrown into the fire quickly as his replacement at center. He snapped the ball past QB Andrew Luck on 3rd and goal, which nearly got our QB killed, and had another high snap later in the game. Harrison was placed in a really tough situation, especially since he’s just an undrafted rookie free agent, but here’s hoping his debut was just jitters. With the Colts’ offensive interior line depth really thin, he may have to play a significant role this season for us sooner rather than later.

Ex-RB Chris Rainey: Tweeted in-game that “Boom” Herron shouldn’t be playing, since he also took part in fire extinguisher horseplay that apparently got Rainey dismissed from the team for detrimental conduct. Dude, let it go and show some class. You already knew you were on a short leash after what transpired with Pittsburgh.


Rookie ILB Henoc Muamba took the tackling drills into his debut, as he led the Colts with 12 tackles, showing great physicality throughout the evening.

Rookie ILB Henoc Muamba took the tackling drills into his debut, as he led the Colts with 12 tackles, showing great physicality throughout the evening.

Defense

THE GOOD

ILB Henoc Muamba: Filling in for the injured Kelvin Sheppard, Muamba was physical and aggressive, leading the Colts with 12 tackles. In the 2nd quarter, he broke up a pass to a Jets’ receiver by delivering a big hit and stonewalled Jets’ RB Chris Ivory on first and goal with 6:20 left in the 2nd Quarter.

OLB Jonathan Newsome: Was disruptive, and while he showed his pass rushing prowess, I was surprised with his willingness and effectiveness against the run.

OLB Cam Johnson: Flashed glimpses of Robert Mathis, as with 1:44 left in the 2nd Quarter, he accelerated past the right tackle, nearly missed on a strip-fumble, and ended up sacking Michael Vick.

 


 

 

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