Who are these guys? Colts go deep into the roster and produce a memorable victory
Don't know who D.J. Montgomery, Tyler Goodson and Trey Sermon are? I'm gonna come clean: Until Saturday, they were little more than names on a sheet. But now we know....
Just as we all expected when the Colts embarked on their weird, wild, mysterious and hugely satisfying football season: On the day of their biggest game – and who thought they’d still be playing meaningful football in mid-December? – they were led by guys named Gardner Minshew, Tyler Goodson, D.J. Montgomery and Trey Sermon, who conspired to bully the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-13, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Of course, by now, you know everything there is to know about Minshew, who keeps establishing himself as the best backup in the league and a future starter somewhere besides Indianapolis. This was his 10th game this season, and it was clearly his best of the year and one of the best of his career. He completed 18-of-28 passes for 215 yards, three touchdowns (it should have been five, but there were two drops in the end zone) and a passer rating of 123.4.
These other guys, you don’t know. How do I know you don’t know? Because I didn’t have the first earthly clue who they were until I found myself in the locker room postgame chatting with the unlikely stars of the game, and I’m kinda-sorta paid to know who these folks are. Nice guys, all of them. Friendly. Chatty. Smile a lot. Clearly enjoying their moment in the sun.
There was Montgomery, a practice squad player called up to the active roster this week, replacing the concussed Michael Pittman, who took a vicious head shot from safety Damontae Kazee that seemed to galvanize and inspire the Colts to exact competitive revenge. After dropping a sure touchdown pass early, Montgomery made amends and scored on a Minshew pass. “After dropping that first one, I thought, `Man, I’ve got to make up for that,’ “ he said with a broad smile. (See, I told you they were smiling a lot.)
There was Goodson, another practice squad guy, stepping in for Zack Moss, who was injured after he rushed for an early touchdown. Moss, too, was the victim of a dirty horse-collar tackle, injuring his arm. All Goodson did was combine with Sermon, another player on the roster fringes, to run for 157 yards on 28 carries.
If any of you, the dear readers, had Sermon, Goodson or Montgomery active on your fantasy teams, you’re either a genius or a bald-faced liar. I’ll be honest: Until I saw them perform Saturday, I had little to no idea who they were. They were names on a roster, and nothing more. Thank God for Google.