The Colts have played a lot of young players in the first two games of the season, and a lot of them have been rookies. Some have played well, and some haven’t.
The Colts have a bunch of rookies on this team. They had 10 draft picks alone. Not all of those draft picks have seen the field, but the ones that have have done a decent job. Most of those rookies play on the defensive side of the ball.
Rock Ya-Sin is the only rookie who starts. He is the corner opposite of Pierre Desir. He has had an up and down start to the season. He got beat badly in Los Angeles for a touchdown, but played better last week. Ya-Sin will get better as the season goes along as well.
Ben Banogu already has a sack to his name. The rookie defensive end has played well when he has been out on the field. His strength is rushing the passer so that’s what he does most plays. So far he has done a decent job of that.
Khari Willis had a great game against the Titans. He played a bunch of snaps over Clayton Geathers at the strong safety position. It might not take long for Willis to take over that starting position permanently. He has looked really good in a short amount of time.
Bobby Okereke hasn’t been great so far. He has played a fair amount of snaps as well, but hasn’t made any big plays. In fact, he is often caught out of position. This is typical for a rookie linebacker. He will learn and he will get better too.
On offense, Parris Campbell caught his first touchdown pass last game. I thought he would be used more than he has so far, but it’s still very early. So far, he looks as good as advertised. Knowing how good he was at Ohio State, he should be a big part of the team down the stretch.
It’s only a couple of games in, so we shouldn’t overreact one way or the other on the rookies so far. But the Colts have to be generally pleased with what they’ve seen.