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KING A RARE VETERAN IN YOUNG SECONDARY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 9, 2012 – 6:07 pm

As veterans in the Colts secondary, safety Antoine Bethea and cornerback Jerraud Powers have taken on a strong voice in the team’s locker room.

Both have been mainstays in the starting lineup during their careers with the Colts, and have helped mentor a young secondary this training camp.

Who is the third most experienced returnee in the 20-member Colts secondary?

That distinction would fall to No. 37 Brandon King.

“I’ve got to prove everything just like everybody else does,” King said. “It’s a performance-based league. You get paid by how you perform. So if you don’t perform you can’t get paid.”

King’s performance during the team’s first week and a half of training camp has been impressive. The Purdue product has three interceptions during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

This is King’s third season on the Colts roster. After spending all of 2010 with the team, he was on the Dolphins roster until December of 2011 when the Colts signed him off Miami’s practice squad for the remainder of the year.

In fighting for a spot in a crowded secondary, King keeps things simple heading into the first preseason game of the year.

“Just being consistent,” King said. “You’ve got to make plays. But just being consistent and playing to the best of my ability and just playing team defense.”

The 2012 training camp is the third one King has spent with the Colts but this is the first time the team faced a little adversity in having to leave Anderson on Thursday due to inclement weather.

“I’ve never been back to (Indianapolis) for practice during camp. We’re going to make the best of it though. They always make sure we get all our work in,” he said.

The Colts did get their work in back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Facility, as the team put the pads back on after a day off on Wednesday.

At 25 years of age, King definitely doesn’t consider himself ‘old,’ but he did offer some advice for his ‘younger’ teammates.

“Don’t ever take anything for granted, go hard every chance you get, and make the most out of every repetition you get,” he said.


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