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The Colts have made it no secret in how much they need a viable starting CB. In order for coach Pagano’s defensive scheme to fire on all cylinders, he needs CBs that can play man coverage. In spite of the huge changes that are taking place within the defense this year, the one area that I am least concerned about is the front seven. Ever since the Colts drafted Freeney and Mathis, I always wondered how effective those two monsters would be if the team had “real” DTs to play with clogging the middle. With the speed both bring off the edge, opposing QBs would counter by either stepping up in the pocket, or doubling them both. With the likes of Kenyatta Dawson, and Eric Foster flanking them in the middle at roughly 260lbs, I couldn’t help but have flashbacks of the old lady in the Wendy’s commercials who went to other burger joints and always asked: “Where’s the beef?” I don’t think QBs who face the Colts this year will have that option with the teams latest additions to the tackle and end positions. Enter DE Corey Redding (6-4 315lbs), DT Josh Chapman (6-1, 316lbs), and NT Brandon Mckinney (6-2, 345lbs) and that adds up to a lot of “Kahuna burgers.” Yes ladies and gentlemen, the days of watching the Colts interior D linemen getting tossed around like rag dolls are over. Have doubts about Freeney being able to be as effective as an OLB vs DE? Think of it this way; As fast as he has been coming out of a 3 point stance, imagine how fast he will be coming out of a standing position with his patented “spin move.” Ditto for Robert Mathis.
The improved play of the front seven will make the play of the secondary better as well. When talking about the secondary, there is one thing we don’t have to worry about, and the that’s abilities of Antoine Bethea & Jerraud Powers. After those two it’s anyone’s guess what we have as far as the secondary is concerned. That being said, I have compiled a short list of possible players the Colts could look at acquiring via trade from teams that appear to be loaded at the CB position:
Of the 4 teams listed above, the Cowboys and Eagles to me, provide the most attractive options at the position. The players I had in mind who I feel would be able to make immediate contributions to the defense would be CB Kurtis Marsh (6-1, 197Ilbs), or Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (5-10 202Ilbs). The Colts haven’t been shy about their interest in Jenkins, but he isn’t the only attractive option from the “Boys” who I think could be available for a trade. Orlando Scandrick (5-10 191Ilbs) is another good player who the Colts should take a look at on the bargaining table especially since Jones has been adamant about not wanting to let go of Jenkins. From the Bengals I like Jason Allen. He has size, athleticism, and speed to play man cvg. Here are Bios on all three CBs:
1)Jason Allen: “Allen was a first-round draft choice (16th overall) by Miami in 2006. He joined Houston during the 2010 season. He had seven interceptions over 23 total regular season games with Houston, tops on the team for that span and also tied for second among all AFC cornerbacks.
In addition to leading the 2011 Texans in interceptions, Allen was third on the team in passes defensed (11) and tied for second in special teams tackles (eight). He started four games and was 10th on the team in tackles (37).”
2)Orlando Scandrick: “The Dallas Cowboys moved up in the fifth round to grab Orlando Scandrick with the 143rd overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, and he has since proven to be worth the move as a valuable contributor in the Dallas secondary and special teams units. The former Boise State standout, who left college after only three years, has served as the nickel cornerback since his rookie season. Scandrick briefly rotated starts with Mike Jenkins for the starting cornerback spot opposite Terence Newman at the beginning of the 2009 season before settling back into the nickel cornerback role. He continues his work to be a staple in the defensive back rotation for the Cowboys.”
3) Curtis Marsh: “Former running back who moved to cornerback in 2009. Senior totals included 45/2/13 when he was a full-time starter. Made four starts as a junior and finished the year with 32/1/5.
Pros: Well-sized and athletic defensive back who is still learning the position. Remains disciplined with assignments, displays the ability to drive to the action out of his plant and possesses a burst of closing speed. Fluid pedaling in reverse, quickly changes direction and plays an aggressive brand of football. Fast up the field defending the run, mixes it up with opponents throughout pass routes, and physically defeats them to defend the throw.
Cons: Displays a poor sense of timing. Not consistent with his defensive back mechanics.”
All in all, with the limited options and resources the Colts have at their disposal, these 3 prospects are about as good as it’s going to get for the near future and deserve a serious look. I still believe that Jenkins is still an option in spite of what Jerry Jones has said given the fact that he tried to move Jenkins before the draft. His hard “stance” on not wanting to trade him is nothing more than a ploy to try and coerce any suitors for his services into making a lopsided deal in favor of the Cowboys. I don’t think Grigs and co will fall for that and will in turn just wait and see Jerry’s tune when training camp roles around. The price tag for Jenkins will depend on the amount of interest he generates from other teams for his services. Training camp is right around the corner boys. The clock is ticking.
Tags: antoine bethea, brandon mckinney, chuck pagano, cornerbacks, cory redding, Dwight Freeney, jerraud powers, josh chapman, robert mathis
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Following Wednesday afternoon’s ninth OTA practice of the offseason, Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers made it clear that his unit carries a little something on their shoulder this summer.
Powers is entering his fourth season in the NFL and despite being just 24 years old, he has accepted a leadership role for a secondary that has heard its criticism from the outside.
In 2011, five defensive backs made their NFL debuts for the Colts, but that youth will be no excuse with a full offseason under their belts heading into the 2012 campaign.
“I kind of get (angry) every time I see an article or something talking about ‘Colts secondary is this, the Colts secondary is that’ when they’re not in the building every day,” Powers said. “They don’t see how these guys work their craft.”
“I think we have a lot of talent. I know a lot of people are counting us out just based on pervious stuff.”
Opposite Powers last year, fellow cornerbacks Terrence Johnson, Chris Rucker and Kevin Thomas all took their first NFL snaps.
Those three were extremely active in the secondary on Wednesday as they are also getting their first taste of a complete NFL offseason.
“Those guys were sort of thrown into the fire last year and had to play early and had to come in without an offseason,” Powers said. “I think they’re the main ones that’s benefiting from this the most, because this is the first time they’re having a true offseason.”
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he is extremely pleased with the secondary, as they are asked to a little more in terms of fundamentals and technique in the new system.
Pagano said without being able to go full contact until training camp it will be difficult for someone to separate themselves at the cornerback position for the next few weeks.
One of the men vying for the spot opposite Powers come September is 2011 sixth round draft pick Chris Rucker.
The Michigan State product saw extensive action in the final five games of the season last year and is hoping to carry that momentum into 2012.
Rucker said when the young players have a question they don’t hesitate to look towards Powers for an answer.
The leadership of Powers has shown, as Rucker echoed the same sentiments about playing with some extra motivation this year.
“In the secondary we definitely feel like we’re playing with a chip on our shoulder and we are looking to prove ourselves, and prove everybody wrong,” Rucker said.
Tags: chris rucker, cornerbacks, jerraud powers
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