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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts‘ defense appears to be rounding into form.Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard leads the league in tackles. Safeties Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker look healthy. The sacks and turnovers are up Renell Wren Jersey , the miscues are down and first-year defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus sees things coming together.No, it’s not a perfect start, but for a defense that has traditionally finished near the bottom of the league, this is progress.“It’s not as clean as it should be in terms of execution,” Eberflus said Tuesday. “The alignments are off a little bit and the angles we tackle at have to improve, but you can see the guys understand it (the system) a little better.”Eberflus expected the transition from the previous 3-4 front to the more traditional 4-3 to take time.But things have gone faster and more smoothly than almost anyone anticipated.Three weeks into the season, the Indy defense is ranked No. 16 overall and No. 15 against both the run and the pass. Only 12 teams have allowed fewer points than Indy’s 63.With 10 sacks, Indy is almost halfway to last season’s 16-game total (25), and only seven teams have more takeaways than the Colts (five).The biggest beneficiary has been Leonard, a second-round draft pick out of South Carolina State who already has 41 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as he continues to learn the system.“Football is football, so I think it’s pretty easy http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-michael-jordan-jersey ,” he said. “I think it’s really just about just how hard we practice, 24-7. We practice hard.”Leonard isn’t the only one thriving in Eberflus’ system, the same version made popular by Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay.The oft-injured Geathers produced a career-high 11 tackles each of the past two weeks. Defensive end Margus Hunt already has a career-high three sacks to go along with 10 tackles — more than he’s had in four of his first six NFL seasons.Hooker, Indy’s first-round pick in 2017, is flashing the playmaking ability Indy detected in college as his teammates get in sync.“I feel like we’re in a good spot, but we’ve still got a lot of work to put in,” Hooker said. “I think it’s guys buying into the coaching, believing (other) guys are running to the ball and just being physical out there.”Clearly, this is far from a finished product.While the defense has kept the Colts within striking distance, breakdowns still occur.In Sunday’s 20-16 loss at Super Bowl champion Philadelphia, the defense allowed Carson Wentz to burn nearly 11½ minutes on a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in the go-ahead touchdown. Indy aided the drive with four penalties, including a holding call on defensive end Jabaal Sheard after it appeared Indy had stopped Philadelphia on fourth-and-5 at the Indy 42.“I think he was just in there and it just happened. He was trying to run a stunt and it just happened,” Eberflus said. “We want no foolish penalties. So it comes down to judgment T.J. Hockenson Jersey , concentration and self-control. Really, it comes down to those three categories, and we’ll get better at it.”The improvements cannot be ignored.Over the previous three seasons, the Colts allowed 5.7, 6.0 and 5.7 yards per play. Not surprisingly, they missed the playoffs all three seasons.This year that number is down to 5.3, though Eberflus expects the number to continue to drop as players become more accustomed to their new roles. Eberflus is working with seven new starters and an eighth player, Sheard, who moved from outside linebacker back to defensive end.There could be more help on the way, too.Rookie defensive linemen Kemoko Turay showed signs of his pass-rushing potential in Sunday’s game, and Tyquan Lewis remains on injured reserve with an injured toe. Both were second-round picks.But even without those guys making a huge impact so far, Eberflus believes the defense is on schedule.“One of my mentors in coaching said, ‘You get what you emphasize and if you emphasize too much http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jahlani-tavai-jersey , you don’t get anything,'” Eberflus said. “I think if you just hang your hat on a couple things, the rudiments of the game, that’s what you’ll see on tape. You’ve got to do a good job of coaching it up.”NOTES: Indy has claimed cornerback Arthur Maulet off waivers from New Orleans and released running back Christine Michael. … The Colts also signed offensive tackle Rees Odhiambo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins to the practice squad after releasing offensive tackle Will Holden and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden from the practice squad.100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers hope they have found a free safety to pair with All-Pro Derwin James.The Chargers selected Delaware safety Nasir Adderley with the 60th overall pick in the second round Friday night. They concluded the night by taking offensive tackle Trey Pipkins of Sioux Falls with the 91st overall pick in the third round.Los Angeles came into the draft with their two biggest needs being defensive tackle and safety, which it was able to fill in the first two rounds with Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery and Adderley.“The draft has kind of gone as advertised,” general manager Tom Telesco said. “I can’t complain. It has been pretty good so far.”Adderley was considered by many to be the highest-ranked safety in this year’s draft class but was the fourth one to come off the board. That was just fine for Telesco, who had Adderley in for a pre-draft visit.“All I was telling people after my visit was how it was a perfect fit and how I enjoyed my meetings with the coaching staff,” Adderley said.James made an instant impact last season at strong safety and was an All-Pro selection. The Chargers did not have a true free safety last season.Jahleel Addae started all 18 games at free safety last season but was released before free agency started. The biggest reason the Chargers released him was that he was better suited as a strong safety.Rayshawn Jenkins and Jaylen Watkins also can play free safety, but both are unproven.“The free safety spot is wide open. The starter is no longer here,” Telesco said. “Nasir was a player that we really coveted. His range is excellent and he has a good combination of foot speed and instincts.”Adderley was a four-year starter at Delaware. He had 87 tackles last season along with four interceptions and seven passes defensed. He played cornerback his first two seasons before switching to free safety.Adderley said he patterns his game after Baltimore’s Earl Thomas, whom Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley knows very well. Bradley was Seattle’s defensive coordinator during Thomas’ first three seasons (2010-12) with the Seahawks.“Once I went to free safety, everything started clicking Will Harris Jersey ,” he said. “I think I add physicality and competitiveness.”Adderley, who had 11 interceptions during his college career, is the highest-drafted player from Delaware since Joe Flacco went 18th overall to Baltimore in 2008. The Blue Hens have had three players drafted since Flacco, but one went in the fourth round and the other two were selected in the fifth round.Adderley is the cousin of Pro Football Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, who won three Super Bowl titles with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.“He helped me tremendously by being a positive role model. I don’t know where I would be without him,” Nasir Adderley said.Pipkins is only the second player from Division II Sioux Falls to be drafted. The first was punter Brian Hansen, whom New Orleans took in the ninth round in 1984.Despite coming from a small school, Pipkins played in the East-West Shrine Game and was invited to the scouting combine. He was interviewed by Telesco and the coaching staff during the combine.“I had heard a lot of fourth-round stuff. I was kind of expecting tomorrow,” said Pipkins. “My agent had said — because a lot of teams had fourth round on me — if somebody really wants me that they would have to take me in the third round.”Pipkins started at left tackle his final three years at Sioux Falls and Telesco said he has the traits to be a left tackle in the NFL.“There are some players at Division II and Division III who can dominate but not have enough athletic traits to play at this level,” Telesco said. “He has NFL size and feet. There’s a lot to work with.”Los Angeles goes into the draft’s final day on Saturday still looking to build depth at linebacker and the offensive line.
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