Monday night’s game against the New York Jets was just the latest example.
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Darryl Morris is an NFL survivor. What’s interesting is the cornerback position, assuming 100 percent health, is one of the more stable spots within the Colts’ defense heading into the 2017 offseason. Returning are the team’s No. 1 and 2 corners — Davis and Patrick Robinson — and four-year veterans Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris, late-season signee Charles James II and undrafted rookie Christopher Milton could all be back on the offseason roster.
But Butler is one of two members of the Indianapolis Colts jerseys secondary that will likely go into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, joining veteran (and starting) safety Mike Adams.
So with that in mind, it certainly wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities for the Colts to pursue a young, talented player like Wilson in this year’s draft.
At cornerback, the Colts go into the offseason with two of their starters from 2016 ready to return in Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson (who ended the season on IR). The team also got strong contributions from four-year veterans Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris, and signed Charles James II late in the season.
He was an All-Pac 12 pick at Colorado, where he was especially effective at the nickel spot, and would compile 265 tackles — 25 for a loss — with an impressive nine sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in four seasons with the Buffaloes.
Behind Vontae Davis, the Colts have Rashaan Melvin, Darryl Morris and Charles James. Those guys have never been full-time starters in the NFL. The staff did like what Melvin provided Indianapolis in extended action last season.
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On the season, Rogers has caught 11 passes for 156 yards (14.2 yards per catch average), and he has returned five punts for 27 yards.
Frankie Williams, cornerback: Williams, an undrafted member of the secondary out of Purdue, last week was elevated to the Colts’ active roster from the practice squad, as the team’s No. 1 cornerback, Vontae Davis, deals with a concussion. He played in 10 total defensive and 20 special teams snaps, logging his first-career NFL tackle.
Melvin, a Northern Illinois product, played in 15 games with nine starts, finishing fifth on the team with 58 tackles (one for a loss), while also finishing tied for second on the team with seven passes defensed and forcing two fumbles. Morris, meanwhile, played in 12 total games with two starts, totaling 34 tackles, one interception, six passes defensed and two quarterback hits.
The Colts also got late-season contributions from former Texan Charles James II and 2016 undrafted rookies Christopher Milton and Frankie Williams.
Morris, a fourth-year cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts, snagged his second-career interception on the Jets’ final drive of the game. Nevermind it was in garbage time; the play was made in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football, and Morris was simply happy just to have been on the field in the first place.
And there’s a good chance another name will be joining that bunch in 2017.
While Melvin, who the staff remains high on, and Darryl Morris are still on the roster after filling in adequately last season, Pagano knows where the premium talent is likely to come.