INDIANAPOLIS — It's Eric Ebron's world. The rest of us are just living in it.
That point was driven home Sunday when the tight end ran in for a 2-yard touchdown off a unique jet sweep-style play against Jacksonville. It was one of three times Ebron found the end zone during the first half.
In his first season with the Colts, the former Detroit first-round pick already has 10 touchdowns.
But the rushing score seemed to carry a little extra significance.
Ebron began lobbying for a carry as early as spring workouts with his new team. He officially had a rushing attempt four weeks ago against the Jets, but that was a scoring technicality on a lateral pass.
Sunday's touchdown was the real deal.
“I told you it was going to be in there,” Ebron reminded reporters Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “I told you I was going to vouch for it. I wasn’t going to leave this season without one. So I’m happy we got it out of the way.”
The 25-year-old has had plenty of reason to be happy this year.
He got married in the summer, and his son, Oliver, was a special guest during his big game against the Jaguars.
Ebron has found a home in Indianapolis.
First-year head coach Frank Reich sold the free agent on his vision for the tight ends in his aggressive, multiple scheme. Ebron has made it a reality.
He leads all tight ends with nine touchdown receptions, and his two passing scores Sunday helped make history.
Ebron became the second tight end in NFL history with two scoring catches and a rushing touchdown in a single game. The other is Rob Gronkowski, who turned the trick for New England on Dec. 4, 2011.
He's rightfully proud of his production against the Jaguars. But he's also cognizant of the fact the Colts were shut out in the second half of their 29-26 victory.
“We missed so many things,” Ebron said. “The score could have been higher. It shouldn’t have been as close when you look at it. It’s just poor execution by us. But we’ll go out there and get better.”
Indianapolis' four-game streak without allowing a sack exactly coincides with the return of left tackle Anthony Castonzo to the starting lineup.
That's no accident, according to Reich. The head coach said Castonzo's presence frees the offensive line up to experiment more often knowing the left side is locked down.
The eighth-year veteran also brings a calming influence to a young position group.
“I really think he does because he’s just a mammoth of a man,” Reich said. “Physically, he’s an imposing figure. Then you just know he’s really smart, and he’s really experienced. So he’s seen it all, done it all, played against a lot of good people in this division and done very well. So it just brings a level of confidence for our whole offense, I think especially for (quarterback) Andrew (Luck).”
Safeties Clayton Geathers (knee), Malik Hooker (hip) and Mike Mitchell (calf) sat out Wednesday's afternoon practice and will be among the most notable names to track this week.
Others who did not practice to start the week are tight ends Ryan Hewitt (ankle) and Erik Swoope (knee) and linebacker Anthony Walker (neck). Running back Marlon Mack and cornerback Chris Milton also did not participate, though their absences were not injury related.
Cornerback Nate Hairston (ankle) was a limited participant.
Rookie defensive end Kemoko Turay (neck) returned to full participation, and rookie left guard Quenton Nelson (back) was added to the report. He also was a full participant.