The Colts will hit the meat of their practice schedule beginning today. Wednesday’s news looks at the Colts need for a pass rush and the difficulty in getting ready for a dual-threat quarterback.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 4th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
You can never have enough pass rushers in the NFL and Holder takes a look at the Colts stable as they try and replace Dwight Freeney.
The first test comes Sunday against the Raiders in the regular-season opener.
“I know what they can do,” veteran Robert Mathis said of his largely unproven fellow pass rushers. Mathis has 91.5 career sacks, more than even the wildest dreams of fellow edge rushers Bjoern Werner (0), Cam Johnson (0), Mario Harvey (0) and Erik Walden (9).
Personnel on the defensive front who are better suited to coach Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 defense — Ricky Jean Francois and Aubrayo Franklin specifically — will help. But the Colts are betting rather heavily on players with thin resumes. Which is fine, they say.
“I’ve been working with them since April and I know they can get the job done,” Mathis said. “As for outside (opinions), it doesn’t matter. They didn’t pick these guys, so it doesn’t matter. They’re here for a reason, and we believe they can get the job done.”
Pagano added: “We feel good about all those guys.”
Walden, acquired as a free agent from the Packers in the offseason, didn’t hide from the obvious.
“When you take away what Freeney was able to produce, which is 100-plus sacks, you have to (replace) that from somewhere,” said Walden, who will wear Freeney’s number, 93. “And it has to be in the sack category. I hold myself to a high standard so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
The Colts could get their first taste of dual-threat quarterbacks as quickly as Sunday afternoon.
The Raiders plan to start Terrelle Pryor at quarterback this weekend, according to multiple media reports.
Pryor is more difficult to prepare for than Matt Flynn because of his ability to be creative with his feet if things break down in the pocket. Don’t get me wrong; Pryor is definitely still a work in progress. It starts with him being an inconsistent passer.
“He’s a dual threat so you got to keep him boxed in as much as you can,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said Monday. “But you can’t forget about [Darren] McFadden at all.”
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