Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Tennessee.
This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
The third-year linebacker had five tackles in 21 defensive snaps and was a major reason why the Colts defense put together its best effort in over a month.
“Really proud of the defense playing the way they did,” head coach Chuck Pagano said after the 22-14 win. “They were asked time and time and time again to go out there and make stops and got off the field against a team that came in doing a really good job on third down.
Sheppard has seen a variety of playing time in his first season with the Colts and has accounted for 11 tackles the last two weeks.
The Colts acquired Sheppard via trade for outside linebacker Jerry Hughes in late April.
At 256 pounds, Sheppard gives the Colts a physical presence at inside linebacker that is critical in stopping the opponents rushing attack.
That was once again the case on Sunday as the Colts held Chris Johnson to just 3.8 yards per carry with his longest rushing being just nine yards.
“It took every man that was donning a jersey on that side of the ball to get the job done,” Pagano said of the defense. “Every one of them that played tonight went in there and gave everything they’ve got and again, getting off the field was a major emphasis during the week, and obviously we’re always stressing turnovers.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Safety LaRon Landry was roaming the middle of the field all afternoon Sunday. He recorded four tackles, including a four-yard loss on a screen pass.
–Outside linebacker Erik Walden returned from his one game suspension and played all 75 defensive snaps. Walden had four tackles and one pass deflection.
–Inside Linebacker Josh McNary made his NFL debut on Sunday and played a total 21 snaps. In McNary’s three defensive snaps, the Army product recorded a quarterback hurry.
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