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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