Just 12 days after being signed off the street, Mike Mitchell has garnered an award, being named Defensive Player of the Week.
Mike Mitchell has played great in his first two games as a Colt. He has been responsible for 3 turnovers and has made some big tackles. The rest of the league has taken notice, as he was named Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Bills.
Mitchell has done a great job filling in for Clayton Geathers while he has been dealing with a neck injury. Normally you shouldn’t lose your job because of injury. But Mitchell has played so well, you can’t take him out of the starting lineup.
It might be best for the Colts to rest Geathers this week anyway. This is their last game before the bye week. Resting him this week would give him another two weeks off to rest and focus on getting himself healthy for the stretch run of the season.
Mitchell will continue to be a big part of the secondary. Now that he has been with the team a full two weeks, he understands the defense a little better. Being more integrated into the playbook will mean he can make even more plays because he knows where he is supposed to be.
The rest of the Colts defense seems to be taking after his play. The unit as a whole forced five turnovers against the Bills. If they can replicate that kind of play throughout the rest of the year, this team is going to be very hard to beat.
This award is nice for Mitchell, but he understands the larger goal. He knows he just has to play his best to help this team win games. If he keeps playing like he has been, this team will win a lot more games.