Dwight Freeney used to do what he’s doing now just for ‘fun.’
As a ‘hand in the ground’ defensive end, Freeney joked that the day before games his unit would experiment with different schemes that even included No. 93 in the stand up position he finds himself in this season.
“This is the type of thing that we used to do on Saturdays in kind of a period where you get to play around a little bit. So yeah, it’s fun for me to do something new because I’ve been doing the thing I’ve been doing for 10 years,” Freeney said.
Even though Freeney is having fun at his new position he admitted that it is a bit ‘unfamiliar’ playing in pass coverage.
In practice the other day, Freeney appreciated wide receiver Reggie Wayne for taking it easy on him during a receiving drill. But he knows that will be different on Sunday.
The Pro Bowl end turned linebacker made it clear early in training camp that he doesn’t want to be called an ‘outside’ linebacker.
Instead, he prefers the label given to him on the depth chart, ‘rush’ linebacker.
“I love it,” Freeney said of the name ‘rush’ linebacker. “We actually, as (defensive) linemen for the last 10 years, we breakdown our little huddle when we get together as rush-men. We say 1, 2, 3, rush-men; never d-linemen. So for me it’s pretty much the same.”
Following Friday morning’s walk-through, Freeney wasn’t big on looking back at last year in talking about how the Colts will treat this year’s preseason.
He is anxious to see how the new defense will look on Sunday as he embarks on a new chapter in an already storied NFL career.
“We’re always looking ahead, and looking to build this team that we are now, so this year is the same approach,” Freeney said. “We want to go out there and put on a great show, great game. You want to go out there and perfect your techniques and the things that you’ve been taught.”
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– Paul Condry – Regional Radio Sports/Indiana Football Digest
2012 Coaching Changes
School Former Coach New Coach
- Angola Luke Amstutz Josh Schoeff
- Cascade Josh Hagenow Jason Thompson
- Centerville Matt Holeva Perry Irwin
- Clinton Central Mike Quick Justin Schuhmacher
- Connersville Mark Kirk Adam Kelly
- Covington Phil Cunningham Travis Brown
- Crown Point Chip Pettit Kevin Enright
- Delphi Jamie Sailors Josh Strasser
- East Noble Chris DePew Luke Amstutz
- Elkhart Memorial Kevin Downey Bill Roggeman
- Forest Park Terry Wagner Ross Fuh
- Fountain Central Rick Malone Brian Moore
- Frankfort Tom Potts Mike Quick
- Franklin County Mark Williamson Shane Wellman
- Garrett Ron Frickey Chris DePew
- Gary Roosevelt Eric Yarbrough Jeff Karras
- Gibson Southern Rick Stefanich Nick Hart
- Griffith Russ Radtke Jim Pickett
- Hammond Clark Tim Gault Jay Novak
- Heritage Hills Bob Clayton Todd Wilkerson
- Highland Ken Bye Trent Grider
- Huntington North Reif Gilg Trent Fine
- Indiana Deaf Dan Fitzpatrick Ned Patterson
- Indianapolis Howe Anthony Henderson (WILL NOT FIELD A TEAM)
- Knox Terry Chestovich Chris McGowan
- Lapel Nate Andrews Tim Miller
- Logansport Bucky Kramer Brad Urban
- Monroe Central Trent Fine John Hochstetler
- Monrovia Mark Jaynes Kevin Hutchins
- Mooresville Kevin Hutchins Chad Dockery
- Muncie Central John Hochstetler Brad Seiss
- New Castle Kyle Hall Mark Luzadder
- New Palestine Tim Able Charlie Hill
- New Prairie Marty Mosson Russ Radtke
- North Decatur Jim Louder Garry Sauley
- North Harrison Greg Burton Mark Williamson
- North Putnam Brian Crabtree Greg Barrett
- North Newton Marc Hall Pat Brown
- Northfield Justin Schuhmacher Tony Uggen
- North Vermillion Cedric Lloyd Brian Crabtree
- Park Tudor Scott Fischer Orlando Lowry
- Perry Central Mike Spencer Greg Gibson
- Portage Jeromy Flowers Wally McCormack
- Prairie Heights Mike Smith Vincent Royer
- Princeton Blair Hrovat Waylon Schenk
- Rochester Mark Miller Mike Zehner
- Rushville Chris Makowski Rocky Alspaugh
- South Bend Washington Antwon Jones Jay Johnson
- South Central (UM) Mel Hay Bob Foster
- Tell City Travis Atwell Ryan George
- Tri Keith Isaacs Will Ragle
- Twin Lakes Brad Urban Justin Gardiner
- Valparaiso Mark Hoffman Dave Coyle
- Warren Central John Hart Steve Tutsie (interim )
- Western Alix Engle Nate Andrews
- Wheeler Dan Klimczak Tony Klimczak
- Wood Memorial Linc Oxley Joey Paridaen
Indianapolis Marshal – Anthony Henderson
Indianapolis Tindley – Steve Stirn
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The players can sense it.
Less than three days away from finally having the chance to play against someone other than their teammates.
All the offseason talk can finally be put into action as the Indianapolis Colts open up their preseason slate with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“I’m anticipating it. I can’t say I know exactly what we’re going to look like, but I know one thing, we’re going to go out there and play hard,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “We’re going to go out there and play hard. Coach Pagano just instills all the time, don’t beat ourselves. I think that’s one thing that the fans will see, guys out there playing hard.”
For established veterans like Bethea, the preseason will be treated differently than it would be for the younger players fighting for a spot on the opening day roster.
Bethea admitted he will only play a select number of plays knowing that his body needs to handle a 16-game schedule starting in September.
Flip to the other side of the experience meter and you get a second-year player like wide receiver Kris Adams.
After being on three different practice squads during his rookie season last year, Adams is hoping to find a secure spot on the Colts roster.
For a player like Adams, the preseason games take on even more weight, especially if you have struggled during the early part of training camp.
“Last year when I was with Chicago, I came out and had a big first preseason game. I wasn’t doing fairly well in practice and that got me noticed,” Adams said.
“I think (the Bears) gave me the opportunity to stick around there for a little while. I’m doing fine in practice, so I just want to keep that preseason thing going along like it was last year.”
Many times the final roster spots come down to those players who excel on special teams and can help a team in a phase that is often overlooked.
Running back Mewelde Moore is taking part in his ninth NFL training camp and doesn’t take a single game for granted.
“I’m very excited about it,” Moore said. “It’s something we’ve been born to do. It’s something we’ve been dreaming about to get out there and play our first preseason game.”
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