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5 Players Who Stood Out For Indianapolis Colts in Week 2 Preseason Game

Indianapolis Colts Preseason 2014: 5 Players Who Stood Out in Week 2

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The first stringers for the Indianapolis Colts have played very well in the preseason so far. Even though the Colts lost both games to the New York Giants and the New York Jets, when the first team was on the field they were dominant. Players on both sides stood out and made an impact on the field against the Giants. Here are the five biggest standouts for the Colts.

5. Da'Rick Rogers

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5. Da'Rick Rogers

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Rogers is currently the No. 5 receiver on the depth chart thanks to a slow start in training camp, but his stats on the field are hard to ignore. He scored a touchdown against the Giants and is making the most of the playing time that he’s been given. He can play at this level based on his physical tools alone, and if he is called upon thanks to injury he can make an impact.

4. D'Qwell Jackson

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4. D'Qwell Jackson

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The veteran linebacker was signed after the Cleveland Browns released him. So far he has made an impact for the Colts especially against other team's running games. He was able to fill his gap responsibility on defense, and the run defense has improved significantly. He also managed to sack Eli Manning on a blitz in the game as well.

3. Hakeem Nicks

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3. Hakeem Nicks

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Nicks was another free agent signing, and he was brought in to fill a role in the top three wide receiver position. Against his former team he had a big game, recording five receptions for 53 yards. Yes he had a dumb taunting penalty, but I am willing to live with that because it’s correctable. He can produce when he is healthy.

2. Josh Chapman

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2. Josh Chapman

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Chapman has had the biggest impact so far on the defensive side of the ball. Playing the nose tackle position, he has been the biggest reason the run defense has looked good in the preseason. He has quietly taken up two gaps consistently along the defensive line, and teams are forced to double team him. That is allowing the rest of the defense to play well because it makes their life easier.

1. Andrew Luck

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1. Andrew Luck

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This shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone who has watched football for the past two years, but he stood out in a big way against the Giants. When protection broke down he was able to create time within the pocket. He was missing his top two weapons in the passing game but was still able to score and be productive.

Christopher Pimentel is a Indianapolis Colts writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google.