He’s the other member of the Colts that is a product of the 2012 Stanford class.
Not Andrew Luck.
Not Coby Fleener.
Not Griff Whalen.
Meet No. 26 Delano Howell, the Colts safety who played all four quarters on Sunday.
With five safeties out of the preseason opener, Howell ran out with the starting unit and was still on the field in the game’s final minutes.
“I’m definitely very appreciative of the time I got today,” Howell, a 2012 undrafted free agent, said following Sunday’s preseason opener.
Thanks to a team high 11 tackles and continuing to make plays deep into the fourth quarter, Howell thrived in his extended job interview.
“(Sunday) was a huge opportunity because I never really got to play defense for this team. I was just on special teams so it was nice to be able to show what I can do in a team setting,” Howell said following the game.
“Your film is your resume. What I’m just trying to do is whatever I’m asked of, whether it’s special teams or defense, being reliable and accountable.”
Howell was signed by the Colts in late November last year off, ironically enough, the Bills practice squad.
With then starting safety Tom Zbikowski sidelined with an injury, Howell played primarily special teams in five games with the Colts.
The start of the 2013 preseason was a chance to see Howell in a different element and his head coach took notice.
“There’s a guy who is taking full advantage and took full advantage of an opportunity,” Chuck Pagano said of Howell.
“He was good against the run, physical, didn’t miss any tackles, good in the pass game. Overall, he made a statement. He’s one of those guys that we talked about, become necessary and that’s one game in for him, one positive step in the right direction for him. So, we were very pleased about his performance.”
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