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August 14, 2013

Freeman ready to build off surprising success

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

Whomever lines up next to Freeman will be playing behind a rebuilt defensive line that includes free agent additions Aubrayo Franklin and Ricky Jean Francois as well as second-year nose tackle Josh Chapman — who missed his entire rookie season recovering from knee surgery.

The added muscle up front should free the linebackers up to make even more plays in 2013.

"We had some good linemen last year," Freeman said. "This year we've got some real good linemen. Hopefully, (we'll) have a great time gelling together, getting with those guys here practicing and hopefully in games."

Freeman has shown a renewed confidence in his second season in the Colts' hybrid 3-4 scheme, and he seems to be a good fit for the team's focus on increased physicality. His speed allows him to make plays from sideline-to-sideline, and if the bulked up defensive line can keep blockers off of him that quickness could become an even greater asset.

Freeman hopes fans will get their first look at how he fits in with the new pieces during Sunday's second preseason game at the New York Giants.

He wants to play in that contest and plans to spend the final two days of training camp helping the team get ready to improve upon the 44-20 loss in the opener.

"It's training camp, man," Freeman said. "Just out here trying to get better, better ourselves — offense, defense and special teams. Hopefully, we can put on a better show this weekend."

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