Found July 24, 2012 on 60 Max Power O:

**Leading up to the start of training camp, Everything-Colts will be giving you breakdowns and ratings on each position group, making you more knowledgeable about the entire Colts team.**

Today's entry is about the linebackers.

The transition to the 3-4 is not an easy one, but this group is filled with young stars and solid vets.

The position that has changed the most has to be the linebacker spot. You have 2 linebackers moving inside (instead of being spread out), and you have 2 players, who have never stood out, becoming stand up outside linebackers. This is going to be different. The positions are currently filled by Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner as inside linebackers, with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as outside linebackers. Jerry Hughes and Tim Fugger are expected to be backups for Freeney and Mathis, with the inside linebacker backup spots being wide open.

Let's start with our inside linebackers: Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner. Angerer had a great season last year, in his first season as a starter, and second in the league. He had 148 tackles, which is good for 4th in the league. Although teams ran a lot against the Colts (70% of the opposing teams plays were running plays), having the 4th amount of tackles in the league is still very impressive. He also had an interception, and seem to have gotten better in the dreaded Tampa 2. He is slowly improving and he's only 25. The sky is the limit for Pat Angerer.

Then there's Kavell Conner. Conner had the most tackles for losses in the NFL. That's a very impressive stat, and showed that his instincts are top notch. Conner has great "downhill" speed and is a good tackler. He's also 25 years old, which is very scary, because he will only get better and better just like Angerer. Those 2 will be great together for a long time.

ARTICLE ALMOST DONE**

 

Be sure to check out other great articles at Everything Colts.

var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Dwayne Allen Signs, Coby Fleener Soon to Follow

Although he did miss the first day of workouts with the rest of the rookies, Dwayne Allen won't be missing any more time due to a contract dispute, as he signed his rookie contract this afternoon. Allen says he's ready for fall workouts, and he should be. There's no reason why Allen and Fleener should have missed any time today, especially since the players surrounding...

Edgerrin James to join Ring of Honor

Few former players are as beloved in Indianapolis in the way that Edgerrin James is loved. His efforts, attitude and lasting impact on the city have made him a fan favorite and a man that fellow players admired. In September he will join other Colts greats in the Ring of Honor: Owner Jim Irsay said on Colts.com that James “embodies the talent and competitive nature we seek in...

Colts sign 2nd-round pick Coby Fleener

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, the last of the team's 10 draft picks to agree to a contract. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Wednesday. Fleener was selected in the second round, 34th overall. Teaming with fellow Colts rookie Andrew Luck at Stanford, Fleener had 34 catches for 667 yards - a 19.6-yard average - and 10 touchdowns...

Colts sign 3rd-round draft pick Dwayne Allen

The Indianapolis Colts have signed tight end Dwayne Allen, their third-round draft pick in April. Team officials did not provide details about the contract. The deal means Allen will report on time to camp Saturday. The team's first full practice at Anderson University, about 30 miles northeast of Indy, is scheduled for Sunday. Allen is expected to help rookie quarterback Andrew...

New-look Colts hoping for old-style results

Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne feel young again. The few, proud remaining Indianapolis holdovers are getting acclimated to dozens of new teammates, a brand new coaching staff, revised playbooks and redefined roles. It's like they're rookies all over again. While the trio recognizes this marks the start of a major transition in Indy to the Andrew Luck Era...

Edgerrin James to join Indy's Ring of Honor

Colts' career rushing leader Edgerrin James will join the team's Ring of Honor on Sept. 23. James was one of the catalysts in Indianapolis' remarkable turnaround in the late 1990s and helped make Indy a perennial Super Bowl contender. In 2001, James injured his knee in October and missed the rest of the season. It was the only time from 1999 through 2010 the Colts missed...

State of the Franchise: Indianapolis Colts Summer 2012 TEs

With the kind of widespread team change that has occurred in Indianapolis following the 2011 NFL season, fans are presented with the dawning of a new era and reason to track the team's progress as it moves into the future with a clean slate. A new general manager, coaching staff, scouting staff, franchise quarterback, and major player turnover all make what Colts fans knew from...

Indianapolis Colts 2012 Fantasy Preview

Rebuilding seems to be the theme for the 2012 Indianapolis Colts and for good reason. This is a team that went an NFL-worst 2-14 and ranked near the bottom of the league in yards (30th) and points per game (tied 28th). For the disaster that was the 2011 season, it wasn’t all bad, considering the Colts were able to pick up Andrew Luck who officially brings an end of the Peyton...

Colts Authority Radio Open Thread 7/25/2012

On Tonight's show, Greg, Laura, Rohan, and Kyle get you set for training camp, as we discuss the signing of Andrew Luck, the contract status of TEs Allen and Fleener, Edge to the Ring of Honor, and the Colts reporting to camp on Sunday. Listen to internet radio with Colts Authority Radio on Blog Talk Radio Or follow along on your mobile device with Stitcher...

Indianapolis Colts 2012 NFL Team Preview

Athlon Sports is counting down its 2012 NFL preseason Power Rankings with in-depth team previews, schedule analysis and more as the start of the...
Colts News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.