A pair of Colts who are expected to make an impact on special teams this Sunday are also making a bit of a homecoming to the Windy City.
New Colts safety Sergio Brown grew up in Maywood, Ill. and is looking forward to seeing some friends and family this weekend.
“I’m excited to be back home,” Brown said. “I got a couple people that are coming in but not too many. I don’t want to pay too much money (laughing).”
Brown was signed over the weekend after playing the last two seasons for the New England Patriots.
He has been a special teams ace dating back to his days at the University of Notre Dame.
It was that Irish connection with fellow Colts safety Tom Zbikowski (2003-2007) that has helped ease the transition back to the Midwest.
“Zbikowski has been a big help because I have a personal relationship with him and it’s easy to talk to him,” Brown said.
Last season with the Patriots, Brown started three games at the safety position.
He is currently listed as Zbikowski’s backup and while it remains to be seen how much action Brown will get on defense this weekend, he knows the phase of the game that has gotten him to this position.
“I think (special teams) is very important. It’s a third of the game,” Brown said. “It controls field position for offense and defense so if you’re able to gain an advantage in any of those, then it’s good.”
While Brown’s homecoming is specific to his childhood days, outside linebacker Mario Addison called Chicago home for a portion of the 2011 season.
Addison was an undrafted free agent of the Bears and played for the team all the way up until Thanksgiving, before the Colts claimed him off waivers.
“I’ve got a lot of friends up there that I’m going to be competing against so I think it’s going to be very fun,” Addison said.
This preseason Addison has been all over the field for the Colts, recording eight tackles in the preseason finale against the Bengals.
He is on many of the Colts special teams units and his knowledge of the Bears offense is something he can lean on Sunday.
“They’re all-around. They’re a good team,” Addison said of the Bears. “They got a good run game, great receivers out there, so we are just going to play what we were taught and see what the outcome will be.”
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