Now entering the bye with an even record and riding two consecutive wins, the Colts will use the week off to regroup and rest before the home stretch of the season arrives.
Now, it’s time to take a look at how this game impacted the stock of a handful of players.
When taking stock of a player’s performance, it’s best to be fluid. A player’s stock will fall and rise throughout the season so none of this is set in stone. However, it is important to take note of the narratives and storylines taking place as the campaign progresses.
A player’s stock can be impacted by factors such as their performance or the type of snaps they receive during the games.
Here’s a look at the stock report for the Colts following the Week 10 win:
Stock Up: DE Dayo Odeyingbo
Stock Down: QB Gardner Minshew
While we shouldn’t be expecting the world from Minshew, what he’s been giving the Colts offense over the last three games will not help them compete for a wild-card spot. It’s clear he’s seeing ghosts, feeling pressure that isn’t really there, and his affinity for leaving the pocket for a scramble drill is making things hard on the passing game. We’ll see if they can get some of these issues sorted out during the bye week, but he has to be more consistent as a passer, especially under pressure.
Stock Up: S Julian Blackmon
Blackmon is quietly having a strong season in a contract year. The fourth-year safety has thrived with the positional switch. He came through with a clutch interception in the fourth quarter near the end zone while adding another pass breakup earlier in the game. According to Pro Football Focus, Blackmon was targeted four times, allowing just one reception for nine yards. He’s becoming a strong part of the secondary, and this game in Frankfurt was another example.
Stock Down: LB Shaquille Leonard
It’s difficult to see Leonard go through this given what he’s meant to the Colts since being drafted in the second round in 2018. However, he’s clearly not moving at the same speed he was before the major back/nerve injury occurred. It isn’t clear if it’s a physical issue or confidence issue, but Leonard isn’t playing with the same tenacity we’ve seen in the past. He had two brutal missed tackles in which Ezekiel Elliott easily shook past him. We all want Leonard to succeed, but he’s clearly not the same player that earned his historic contract.
Stock Up: LT Bernhard Raimann
The Austrian native put on quite the show in front of his family, most of which watched Raimann play for the first time in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, Raimann allowed just one pressure on 31 pass-blocking snaps. He’s coming into his own as a left tackle, and it was fun to see him ball out in front of his family in Germany.