Who Will Replace Jerrell Freeman at Inside Linebacker?
This is one of the bigger position battles the Colts need to address during training camp. While Jerrell Freeman was often a punching bag for some people, he was very productive in his time with the Colts. With Freeman gone, the Colts need find some new to replicate his production.
The two candidates to replace Freeman are Nate Irving and Sio Moore. Unfortunately, both guys did not perform well in 2015. As a result, both guys are coming into this season with some question marks.
In 2015, Irving was still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in 2014. He was not even fit to play until the early part of the regular season. As a result, he never found a niche in the Colts’ defensive scheme.
Meanwhile, Moore joined the team during the final week of the 2015 preseason. This is not enough time for him to digest the entire defensive playbook. As a result, he could only play in a limited role.
The Colts already have D’Qwell Jackson, who is a tackling machine, but they need someone else to start alongside him. They are hoping one of these two guys seizes this opportunity and takes the starting inside linebacker spot.
This position battle may not be talked about much during training camp. However, this position is crucial to the Colts’ defense. The inside linebackers make all the defensive calls and are usually the heart of the defense.
The Colts need to find a reliable solution to this question if they want their defense to succeed in 2016.
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