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COLTS LINEBACKERS COACH JEFF FITZGERALD TALKS KELVIN SHEPPARD, ERIK WALDEN AND BJOERN WERNER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 26, 2013 – 9:30 am

To branch off yesterday’s article on Jeff Fitzgerald and his versatility at the linebacker position, here are some more comments from the Colts linebackers coach.

Fitzgerald just wrapped up an offseason working with a few new faces and here’s a look at three of them below:

On what he has seen from new linebacker Erik Walden:

“He’s football savvy so he has a pretty good idea. Now, it’s learning the terminology, understanding the type of techniques that we use, when and how we use those techniques.

Right now, he’s kind of transitioning into just learning what we are doing. We still see good things on the field. He understands what he’s doing, understands the fine details of his job, I’m excited. He’s going to be alright.”

On what intrigued Fitzgerald when he popped in the film of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Kelvin Sheppard:

“What we saw on tape was a guy who could find the football, was able to get down in the box and do some really good physical, attack type of things, both in the blitz game and playing base, taking on blockers and doing that.

“He seemed to have a very good understanding of what the scheme was and where he fit in the run game and what he was able to do coming out of the box.”

On rookie Bjoern Werner working on both sides of the Colts four-man linebacker corps:

“We are just trying to bring him into the whole picture. He’s going to learn his responsibilities. What I see from him is the ability to play RUSH linebacker, or SAM linebacker somewhere down the road. I think we’ve got him in the right spot right now but we will have flexibility in time, as he develops.”


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