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Lawrence Sidbury looking to add his name to other Colts outside linebackers

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 3, 2013 – 7:30 am

The names at the outside linebacker position for the Colts have been picked and prodded.

Robert Mathis?

  • One of the game’s finest pass rushers over the past decade.

Erik Walden?

  • Great edge setter in trying to limit the opponent’s running game.

Bjoern Werner?

  • The 1st round pick who racked up 13 sacks in winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year last year.

How about Lawrence Sidbury?temp2013_0528_OTA_bowen_0188--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Not much is known about the five-year NFL veteran who has been lost in the shuffle with some of the bigger named Colts free agents this offseason.

Sidbury showed flashes of potential in Atlanta (four sacks as a backup in 2011) and now he is hoping to take advantage of a new environment in Indianapolis.

“This league is about opportunities and when you get those, you’ve got to make the most of it,” Sidbury said on Monday’s “Ride with JMV”.

“Now I’m here in Indianapolis where the coaching staff and everyone in the building, have embraced me. They just want me to go out there and make plays like they know I can do.”

In moving to Indianapolis, Sidbury is also adjusting to life as a standup linebacker in the Colts 3-4 defensive scheme.

He feels the transition has gone pretty smooth as Sidbury’s clearly understands the mantra around his new locker room.

“As you know I’ve been introduced to the whole “Build the Monster” theme and building this defense to be a top-10 defense in the league,” Sidbury said.

“They want outside linebackers to set the edge first, get this running game taken care of and then third down we want guys to pin their head back and get after the quarterback.”

When Sidbury’s position coach Jeff Fitzgerald was asked about the depth on the edge a few weeks back he alluded to a few other names besides Mathis, Walden and Werner.

Sidbury’s name would fall into that category and he’s grateful for an opportunity in such a welcoming atmosphere.

“Indianapolis has been great,” Sidbury said. “The people have embraced the team and being a new guy that’s all you can really ask for so I’m enjoying it.”

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