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Dwight Freeney

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 27, 2012 – 9:16 am

Dwight FreeneyAs the Colts have welcomed new faces to their defense in the past few weeks, one staple will be back in the fold next season.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said on Monday that seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney will be back in the horseshoe.

“Everything with Dwight is great. He’s going to be here this year,” Grigson said. “We expect him to be a major contributor and a guy who strikes fear in our opponents and those offensive linemen every week.”

This past season Freeney cracked the 100-career sack plateau in earning his fourth straight Pro Bowl appearance.

It remains to be seen how No. 93 will fit into the new Colts defensive scheme but there is no doubt where he will be playing football come September.

“When we start getting to practice and OTAs, Coach Pagano will address our scheme and what we’re going to do specifically,” Grigson said. “We’re still trying to build this team and get our coaches in line and on the same page with this scheme.”

The Colts added former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Cory Redding on March 14th giving them some more pieces among the defensive line.

With Redding in the mix, the Colts have another end to go with a pair of returning Pro Bowlers that have wreaked havoc for opposing Indianapolis quarterbacks during the past nine seasons.

“We’re going to take it day-by-day and everything right now looks great for our defense with re-signing Robert (Mathis) and having Dwight in the fold,” Grigson said. “It sure makes me sleep better at night knowing those two guys are going to be bringing it on third down.”

-Kevin Bowen

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One Response to “Dwight Freeney”

  1. By Nick on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I feel you hit the nail right on the head. People keep saying how Dwight is to old now or to slow, that is where people keep making the mistake by forgetting that he has over 100 sacks. Also he’s spent the last two seasons either being double teamed game after game. With Pagano coming in the colts could stand him up at a strong side outside linebacker position where we could use him like a Mario Williams for the Texans where his size and speed would help him dominate. He would be facing tight ends one on one which would be a HUGE advantage. The colts just need to add size and strength to their interior defensive lineman where getting Cory Redding gives us a huge boost as well as depth. We could use freeney and mathis as stand up outside linebackers, Angerer and Connor as your middle linebackers and our front three could be redding, Nevis, and Moala with johnson foster in a rotation with them. The colts defense could jump ten spots in overall defense with this change.

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