Indianapolis Colts Training Camp does not start until July 26th. So, there will not be much news about the team until then. As a result, it is time to preview the Colts’ players who will play key roles in 2016. It’s David Parry’s turn today.
David Parry was definitely one of the Colts’ few pleasant surprises in 2015. The Colts selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, which proved to be a huge bargain for them. Parry ended up being an everyday starter for them.
Parry took advantage of his opportunities in training camp and in the preseason. He made a big enough impact in those opportunities that the Colts decided to make him their Week 1 starter. As a result, he started at nose tackle in all 16 regular season games for the Colts.
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Nose tackle is not a luxurious position. The position usually includes a lot of grunt work and taking on two or three offensive linemen. As a result, Parry did not have eye-popping status in 2015.
Parry only accumulated 31 combined tackles and one sack in 2015. However, his impact cannot be simply summed up by statistics. On numerous occasions, Parry took on two offensive linemen which allowed inside linebackers Jerrell Freeman and D’Qwell Jackson to make a lot of plays.
After Parry’s successful rookie season, the Colts are expecting better performances from him in 2016.
Entering training camp, Parry is expected to be the starting nose tackle. The Colts added rookie Hassan Ridgeway, and Arthur Jones is returning from injury. However, it is unlikely those guys will overtake Parry for the starting role.
The Colts also rotate their defensive linemen a lot. As a result, Parry is not on the field always. However, he is very good in run stopping situation which is why he will continue to get a significant amount of reps in 2016.
Parry showed be expected to achieve better numbers than he did in 2015. He will be stronger and much more prepared for the long NFL season. As a result, he could end up being an every-down player for them.
He will not drastically improve his numbers because of his position, but he should see an increase in production. Parry could record at least 40 tackles and three sacks in the 2016 season.
The defensive line was one of the Colts’ strongest position groups in 2015. The group could be their best unit in 2016. For this to happen, the Colts need starters like Parry to set the tone earlier. Parry has the strength and tenacity to help lead Colts’ defensive line to a successful 2016 season.
Parry will not have huge numbers on paper. However, he will make an impact for the Indianapolis Colts in 2016. It will be intriguing to see how much better Parry has gotten this offseason once training camp begins on July 26th.