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The Reason for This Season: Indianapolis Colts Rookie Review

Nate DarrContributor INovember 20, 2009

At what point could we have it? The conversation that every diehard Colts fan salivates for?

Is Peyton Manning the best?

...Ever...to throw footballs...on Sundays...?

Right now it’s too early; in fact, I wouldn’t be too surprised if I was chastised for jinxing the Colts and their Golden Boy.

However, there is one reason Colts fans should be especially excited this year. These Colts might be banged up, but they are playing with an energy never before seen in Indy.

For the first time in my memory, the Colts are young—very young. Sure Manning is still there holding everything together while steering his team to a so-far unblemished record. But Colts rookies are contributing in ways unseen since, maybe, 2006, when the Colts had their last money draft .

All these players have contributed or are still contributing, with Antoine Beathea being arguably the best bargain Bill Polian picked up in the seventh round. He had a perfect read on Tom Brady in the Colts-Pats game for a nice interception, by the way.

This year the Colts are again getting the type of production they need out of their rookie studs. Austin Collie has been a consistent contributor and Pat McAfee is a good punter who should improve as time goes on. Donald Brown has also been good on offense and, barring a Week Seven injury against the Rams, I think he’d have received more carries lately. (His injury was especially brutal since I started him in fantasy and he ripped off a 40-yard run on the play he was hurt...)

However, the two rookies I am most impressed with have to be Jacob Lacey and Jerraud Powers. Yeah, I know they got torched by Brady and Randy Moss, but they came out strong in the second half and helped the defense take away the big play. This was key to the win on Sunday. The defense only let up 10 points in the second half, something which has been somewhat overlooked this week. I would also like to point out that most rookies get blown up by Moss.

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On the 4th-and-2 play that will live in infamy, guess who had the big stop on Kevin Faulk to turn the ball over? Powers, stepping up on the biggest play of his young career.

At the end of the day, I would have to say that maybe the thing that I’m happiest about right now, even with Manning playing at his most incredible, is the play of the Colts' rookies. They are the guys who could be key if Manning and the Colts do what they should do this season...

Win the whole thing.

And at that point...

You can start the conversation about that Peyton guy.