ANDERSON, Ind. —
The five newest Indianapolis Colts have wasted little time stirring emotions within the team’s fan base.
Some appreciate general manager Ryan Grigson’s low-key approach and see a roster that has been upgraded at several positions of need. Others feel the NFL’s reigning executive of the year overpaid for lesser talent and has yet to make full use of a salary cap bounty.
On Wednesday, as they migrated to the team’s practice facility to sign their new contracts, the players hopped on a conference call with local media and grabbed hold of the opportunity to speak for themselves.
A capsule look at each player follows:
College: Boston College
Position, former team: Offensive tackle, Detroit Lions
Height, weight: 6-foot-7, 315 pounds
NFL experience, age: 5 years, 28
What kind of player are the Colts getting?: “I think they’re getting the full package. I don’t know if you watched the Detroit Lions last year, but we threw the ball more than anybody else in the league. The offensive line did a pretty good job protecting Matthew Stafford. When it was time to run the ball, most of the time they came to the right side when they needed a yard because I do my best to make sure we get it. So, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what we do. Once they make a play call, I don’t care what it is, it’s my job to make it work.”
College: St. Paul’s
Position, former team: Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals
Height, weight: 5-foot-11, 191 pounds
NFL experience, age: 4 years, 28
What kind of player are the Colts getting?: “I am a leader. I don’t do too much talking. I play hard-nosed football. I stick my nose in the fan if it’s a run. I’m going to cover up the pass. I’m not going to let them pick on me too much.”