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INDIANAPOLIS – While the shutout was the major storyline filled with surprise from Sunday, it was a bit of a surprise to see rookie Kemoko Turay dress but not play one snap against the Cowboys.
Turay’s snaps had been decreasing as of late (he had played 17, 15 and 13 snaps in the previous three games before Dallas).
But not seeing any action, in a game where the Cowboys were in pass mode during the second half, was still unexpected.
So what does Matt Eberflus need to see from Turay to earn more reps?
“Just more in practice,” the defensive coordinator said of Turay on Tuesday. “Guys will play in the games based off what they show in practice. If you hustle in practice and you hit the ball in practice and you rush the way you are supposed to rush, run the games the way we are supposed to run the games and execute, and have production in practice, then we obviously are going to play those guys in the games.
“If you don’t have that and you have situations where you aren’t executing at the standard that we have, then you might not play as much. He’s aware of that and he’s going to get in there, work his tail off this week to execute in practice and play to our standard.”
Turay has been passed on the depth chart by fellow rookie Tyquan Lewis and second-year defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad.
While Turay does have 4 sacks this season, he’s battled maintaining enough weight to play a lot on run downs.
Here are some other tidbits from Tuesday’s media availability, which we’ll focus mostly on the offense today (the defensive attention will come in a story later this week):
- On Tuesday, the Colts made a couple of roster moves. They signed veteran safety J.J. Wilcox, who has played in 75 career games (39 starts), most recently with the Jets earlier this season. The need at safety could be there with the banged up Clayton Geathers having limited snaps from Sunday. Geathers was outsnapped by undrafted free agent George Odum (39-to-37) against the Cowboys. The team still has one open roster spot after placing LB-Skai Moore (neck) and DL-Al Woods (foot) on injured reserve. Woods got hurt in the win over the Cowboys. The veteran defensive lineman had been mostly a reserve/run down option over the past month or two. His snaps should go to the likes of Grover Stewart/Hassan Ridgeway. Woods was playing around 15 snaps per game in the past month. The Colts now enter the practice week with one open roster spot.
- This staff has always been high on Marlon Mack. That included offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who first thought a little Jamaal Charles (from Sirianni’s days in Kansas City) when he initially watched Mack on film. “I always saw a lot of talent,” Sirianni says of the Colts’ second-year back. “It was something about the number, but it really wasn’t just that. It was his body movements, his cutting ability, his top end speed. Since the beginning, I was like, ‘This guy reminds me a lot of Jamaal Charles,’ which is a good compliment to pay him. There’s always been high expectations and I think he’s playing up to the ability that he has.”
- Sunday was the first start at right guard for Joe Haeg this season. Haeg, who had 8 career starts at right guard before Sunday, was filling in for the injured Mark Glowinski: “I thought Joe played well,” Sirianni said on Tuesday. “He had some big shoes to fill because Mark Glowinski has been playing some great football and no doubt we missed Mark. But Joe stepped in did some really good things. It’s great that he has that experience and he is the type of guy that he is to fill in right next to Ryan Kelly and in between Braden Smith to help communicate back and forth.”
- Earlier on Tuesday, I posted this story on the impact of Mo Alie-Cox’s return in helping the run game out. Here were Sirianni’s comments on Alie-Cox from Tuesday: “When we first got here, it was like, ‘Man, this guy has a long way to go,’” Sirianni said of Alie-Cox. “And he’s still just improving. Everything is a little new to him every single day because he just started playing football. He gets a uniform just because of the look test. He gets off the bus and they are like, ‘Who is that guy?’ The physical-ness that he plays with in the run game…With what he can do for you, it really does help. Jack (Doyle) is irreplaceable, but Mo Alie-Cox’s development is really helping us with Jack out.”
- We haven’t touched much on the Colts picking Quenton Nelson at 6th overall and is impact in 2018, compared to the other top-10 picks. Here are Sirianni’s comments about taking a guard so high: “I definitely believe the reason how (he is so impactful) is you take the skill players that are Marlon Mack, that are Andrew Luck, that are T.Y. Hilton and you make them better because of his play up front. The way (the offensive line’s play) has helped maximize T.Y.’s ability because Andrew has time to let T.Y. work down the field and get the football and it takes your fourth-round pick in Marlon Mack and makes him even better because the holes are bigger.”
- This quote from Sirianni is very telling about the leader/head coach Frank Reich is, despite no prior experience in such a role: “Frank is an example of what we want players to be,” Sirianni said on Tuesday. “What we mean by that is we want players to be the same guy every single day. Our process is essentially going to turn into results one day. So do the same thing every day and good things will happen.”
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