When the words ‘position change’ are heard around the 2012 Colts training camp, outside linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are usually the players being talked about.
The two have garnered the most attention during the offseason for their move to more of a standup position at linebacker.
Inside of that Pro Bowl tandem is Kavell Conner, another defensive starter that is dealing with a position change this offseason.
The switch from outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense to the inside of the hybrid 3-4 defense has taken some time for the third-year pro.
“Definitely not as comfortable as I was (in the 4-3), but like I said it’s the first week of camp so we’re getting there. We will progress every week and just keep working hard.”
The comfort Conner does have in the middle of the 3-4 is playing next to fellow 2010 NFL draftee Pat Angerer.
Conner and Angerer have combined to start 53 of a possible 66 games with the Colts in the past two seasons.
All four linebackers are dealing with some sort of change in position this season and even though Freeney and Mathis are now labeled as linebackers, it’s the ones that played the position last year who are still picking the brains of the ‘new’ guys in their unit.
“I’m actually going to them asking questions,” Conner said of Freeney and Mathis. “Those are guys that you just learn from daily and they’re leaders for our team. They’re great guys.”
In talking with those veterans, Conner knows the time will come when he feels at home in his new position.
The grind of training camp can wear on any player who has to make such a switch but Conner knows in less than a week he will be able to take out that frustration on someone else.
“Looking forward to going into a game and finally getting to hit someone in a different uniform,” Conner said of the Colts’ preseason opener on August 12 against the St. Louis Rams.
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