INDIANAPOLIS — Quenton Nelson might be the least likely player on the Colts' roster to become a viral social media star.
But that's where the rookie left guard finds himself this week after a clip of his pancake block on Jacksonville safety Barry Church during Sunday's 29-26 victory became a national sensation.
“That’s hilarious that you put the one thing out there, and it happened,” center Ryan Kelly said Tuesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “I don’t know if he really loves it that much, but I mean that’s the way social media is nowadays. You put one thing out there, and Colts fans eat it up.”
It turns out the clip — released by the team's website — isn't all it was purported to be.
During the six-second video, Nelson can be heard yelling as he pulls around the end of the line of scrimmage and lays out his targeted defender. But the former Notre Dame star said the audio was spliced into the footage from another play.
“I wasn’t yelling,” Nelson said. “Not on that play. I don’t know how it got amped up like that.”
Scream or no scream, the block was another impressive line item for the offensive lineman's rapidly expanding resume.
There were questions when Nelson was drafted with the sixth overall pick in April. He was the highest-selected guard in more than three decades, and some skeptics still harbor doubts about the positional value of general manager Chris Ballard's choice.
Nelson has done all he can to back up the pick on the field. He became the first guard ever to win an NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month award in October, and he's part of an offensive line that hasn't surrendered a sack in 185 consecutive pass attempts spanning four complete games.
“I would say on the line, we have five guys that are playing very physical and really just coming together and doing a great job each week,” Nelson said. “But our preparation, everyone’s going extremely hard in practice, and it’s paying off in games. And I think we’ve got such a close and tight-knit group right now, great guys in the room, high character guys, and I think it shows on game day.”
Despite continued struggles through the air, including a pass rush that has been nearly non-existent for the past two weeks, Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich was impressed with his team's run defense against the Jaguars.
With starting running back Leonard Fournette returning for the first time since September, the rushing game was a major focus during the practice week. And the Colts limited Jacksonville to an average of just 2.7 yards on 34 carries.
But quarterback Blake Bortles continued to be a thorn in Indianapolis' side, throwing for 320 yards and two touchdowns and finishing with a passer rating of 111.7.
Getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks remains a serious concern moving forward, but the defense can take pride in the way it played down the stretch.
The Jaguars had the chance to take the lead on each of their final four possessions Sunday, but they were held to a missed field goal, a punt, a 55-yard field goal and a fumble on those drives.
Those series averaged 26.5 yards and a little over seven plays.
“It just talks a lot about our defense, how we’re gonna fight to the very end no matter what the score is,” rookie linebacker Darius Leonard said. “You can’t win unless you score. So we try to keep them out of the end zone as much as possible.”
Cornerback D.J. Killings was called up to the 53-man roster Tuesday. Killings replaces defensive end Carroll Phillips who was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.
A former star at UCF, Killings has spent time with the Eagles and Patriots over the past two seasons. This is his first time on an active roster.
The Colts also signed former Ball State defensive end Anthony Winbush to the practice squad and brought back former Syracuse wide receiver Steve Ishmael to the practice squad. Offensive tackle De'Ondre Wesley was released from the practice squad.