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Wyld Stallyns

325 lb + DTs are no longer necessary for the Colts

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Ballard/Reich/Eberflus made it abundantly clear with this draft/offseason that the days of the 0T/NT are gone. Al Woods wasn’t resigned, Hassan Ridgeway was traded and now the only DT who weighs over 300 lbs is Grover Stewart (333).

Margus Hunt (298) and Jihad Ward (290) are the only others over 275 lbs. If anyone wants to know why Johnathan Hankins was released last year it was because he didn’t fit this narrative and it was in his nest interests to be able to find a better spot for him then to drag him along in a bad scheme. 

This harkens back to the days of Booger McFarland or Corey Simon where we had only one or two players over 310 lbs. Or when we started Keyunta Dawson at DT at a slim 255 lbs. 

Our D Line is going to be responsible for pass rush and our linebackers will be responsible for filling gaps and stopping the run. Ben Banogu was drafted to be our SAM LB and 3rd down DE. 

Eberflus and Ballard have been very dedicated to the idea that there are 8 starters on the defensive line (not to be confused with front 7, 8 starters of 4 down lineman)  with 10 or 11 on the roster and 9 active for game days 

DTs 

Margus Hunt and Denico Autry are penciled in as starters with Jihad Ward, Tyquan Lewis and Grover Stewart off the bench

DE 

Jabaal Sheard and Tyquan Lewis are penciled in as starters with Justin Houston, Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu rotating in on 3rd down and Al-Quaddim Mohammed, Gerri Green, Carroll Phillips and Anthony Winbush fighting off each other and UDFAs for roster spots. 

 

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