Mario Addison will celebrate his birthday next Thursday and he wants no other way to enjoy it than playing against his former team.
The Colts second-year outside linebacker put together one of the more impressive stat lines of the evening against the Bengals—six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and two tackles on special teams.
Seeing the most playing time of the preseason, Addison played all four quarters against the Bengals.
While Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have gotten most of the attention in moving to linebacker this season, Addison is also making the transition.
“I love the defense. It gives you a lot of freedom,” Addison said. “The coaches, they call the plays to put everybody in a good position so that’s what I like about it. It’s a team and if everybody fills their gap, you’re going to stop the play.”
Last season, Addison joined the Colts in late November and played in three games, getting reps at defensive end and on special teams.
Even with having four players learning a new position in 2012, Mathis says the defense is ideal for a player with Addison’s skill set.
“(Addison) fits the mold as an outside linebacker in this defense and he’s doing a good job for us,” Mathis said.
Addison’s first sack against the Bengals went down as just a one-yard loss but the Troy University product came across the field to stop Bengals quarterback Zac Robinson. The sack proved to be critical as inside linebacker Moise Fokou would force a fumble later in the drive.
The second sack by Addison was a little more impactful as the six-yard loss started the final drive for the Bengals which ended in a turnover on downs.
“I knew I had to make (the offensive tackle) re-set his feet so I hit him with an in-and-out move,” Addison said. “I faked like I was going in real hard and came back outside on him, which made him stop his path.
With Freeney and Mathis playing sparingly this preseason, Addison has excelled in extra playing time with six quarterback hurries and three sacks.
Addison, an undrafted free agent in 2011, played three games with the Bears before the Colts claimed him off waivers.
Addison’s eyes lit up when he thought about the prospect of opening the regular season against a familiar team, a mere three days after his 25th birthday.
“I’m ready,” Addison said. “When I make this team, hopefully, I pray to God that I do, I’m going to release it on the Bears.”
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