As Josh McNary was packing things up in his locker Sunday afternoon, he made sure to throw a couple of game programs in his duffel bag before zipping up.
McNary, who fulfilled his commitment to the Army the past three years, played a total of 21 snaps in Sunday’s 22-14 victory.
“It felt really good to finally get a taste of a sense of the game speed, sense of the intensity out there and the guys playing at this level,” McNary said on Sunday. “It was a real valuable experience for me to practice on in knowing what to expect.”
While McNary played 18 of his 21 snaps on special teams, the Colts utilized him in passing situations at inside linebacker.
After his NFL debut, McNary admitted that he’s still refining his skills to become a “true” inside linebacker.
Chuck Pagano liked what he saw from McNary on Sunday including a crucial quarterback hurry on a third down pass late in the third quarter.
“The three plays that he went in (defensively), none bigger then the third down we blitzed Josh and he beat the running back one-on-one right in the hole, hit Fitzpatrick right when he released the ball,” Pagano said recalling the incomplete pass.
“That was just a great, great football play by Josh. That just showed his speed, his athleticism, all those things. We look to get him more involved.”
Before last week, it appeared as if McNary’s first season in the NFL would be spent on the Colts practice squad.
However, that all changed just prior to Thanksgiving and now McNary is playing significant snaps for a team on the fringe of an AFC South title.
“Do you really need another incentive to play the game?” McNary said. “This only adds more and more motivation and just more reason to grind hard, day-in-and-day-out during the practice week and do more because you know you are playing on the big stage, playing for a lot.”
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