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PETERSON ANOTHER BIG-TIME BACK FOR MANUSKY’S DEFENSE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 14, 2012 – 6:09 am

The Colts defense is in the midst of dealing with three of the premiere running backs in the NFL to begin the 2012 season.

Chicago’s Matt Forte, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew have made six Pro Bowls over the last three seasons and also happen to be the three backs the Colts face the first three weeks of the season.

Peterson is next up on the Colts agenda and is coming off an impressive 17-carry, 84-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 1 of the season.

That effort came in his first game back from offseason knee surgery after he tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of the 2011 regular season.

“Great running back over the years, a lot of yardage, a lot of carries,” defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said of Peterson. “He’s still a physical runner, good sight lines, still has the speed to take it outside. He had a pretty a good first game and we just got to make sure we corral him and get a lot of hats on him.”

Another game-breaker that has Manusky’s attention this week is do-it-all ‘receiver’ Percy Harvin.

The speedy Harvin lines up at a variety of positions for the Vikings and had six catches for 84 yards to go along with five carries for 20 yards against the Jaguars.

“(Harvin’s) an explosive player that has a lot of speed and quickness,” Manusky said. “He plays all over the field. He plays in the slot. He plays X. He plays Z. He’s in the backfield so we just have to make sure that we corral him as well. Two players, Adrian Peterson and of course (Harvin).
 


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