The Colts will wrap up their practice schedule this week on Friday in preparation for this weekend’s match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here’s a look at today’s news with Chuck Pagano’s one-year anniversary of being diagnosed with leukemia, the task of stopping Maurice Jones-Drew and Jerrell Freeman’s pass rushing.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, September 27th.
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
The one-year anniversary of Pagano being diagnosed with leukemia took place earlier this week and Kravitz looks at the head coach’s perspective on life.
Every day now is a gift.
Has been since Dr. Larry Cripe of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center declared he was in remission.
“I was talking to my wife (Tina on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning), and we were saying, it almost seems surreal that it’s been a year,’’ Pagano said. “Just the way things are going, how good I feel, I feel like it almost never happened. It’s crazy. It went so fast. Now, those first couple of months, it didn’t go fast when we were going through it (chemotherapy), but now it’s like it happened to somebody else.
“I know it’s always going to be there, but I feel so lucky, very lucky.’’
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Colts fans know all too well what Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew can do to an opposing defense.
The Colts defense is MJD’s opposition this week.
“He’s built like a fire hydrant, runs like a shorebird,” he said. “Tree trunks for legs. Never stops churning. Powerful, powerful guy.”
Jones-Drew is 5-7, 210 pounds. He routinely has his way with the Colts’ defense. In 13 appearances, he’s averaged 106.8 yards per game and 5.4 yards per attempt. Eight of his 24 career 100-yard games have come against the Colts, including 177- and 169- and 166-yard outings.
DE Cory Redding has the sure-fire remedy for containing Jones-Drew.
“One guy get there, hit him high, slide down to the ankle and hold on until the other 10 guys get there. That’s how you stop him,” he said.
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
No inside linebacker in the NFL has more sacks in 2013 than Jerrell Freeman.
Last year, Freeman was one of the top tacklers in the NFL and now he has added a pass rushing element to his game.
“He’s a good athlete,” coach Chuck Pagano said about Freeman. “He studies the game, he works hard, he can run. He’s got intangibles. The guy’s got instincts. Again, he knows what’s coming before it comes.”
Getting strip-sacks has been a staple of Freeman’s already this season. He had one against Miami’s Ryan Tannehill in Week 2. Then he had one in the in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Freeman sacked and stripped the ball from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco’s 8-yard line. The Colts scored three plays later to take a 27-7 lead.
“It’s just making the most of an opportunity,” Freeman said. “Guys up front, my linebackers blitzing in and doing their thing. They’re doing all that work, the least I can do is make a play when I get the opportunity. It’s just the opportunity presented itself and I’m making the play.”
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