INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Grigson told
Well if McNary’s first two reps on an NFL practice field are any indication then sign him up for the Tour de France.
With his military commitment done, McNary took to the Colts practice field on Tuesday afternoon and dominated his first two reps going up against a blocking running back.
“(Grigson) hit it right on the head,” McNary said of the general manager’s “riding the bike” quote before the start of practice. “It just felt comfortable to be back out here. It felt natural, surprisingly.”
“I was kind of concerned going into it, if I was going to be overly rusty. But it turned out to be pretty smooth, a smooth transition.”
McNary joins the Colts after not playing football since returning a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
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The Colts scouted McNary during the spring at a regional combine but military obligations kept him out of any offseason work.
It’s not as if McNary was working out at a local gym over the past few months, as he was stationed in Texas fulfilling his military service.
“I just knew the process as far as getting me out of the Army and everything wasn’t going to happen in a day,” McNary said of his commitment. “It definitely kept me preoccupied. I had enough to worry about down there. That’s what probably kept me from getting to anxious.”
During his football career at Army, McNary set school records with 28.0 career sacks and 49 tackles for loss.
McNary was then commissioned as an officer in the Army, which kept him from being chosen in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Nearly two years later, the Colts inquired the 25-year old about being added to a deep linebacker group.
“The team has a whole has a lot of character. It’s something that I’d love to be apart of,” McNary said about the Colts. “The turnaround last season spoke for itself with what the team’s capable of.”
“Coach Pagano and Mr. Grigson telling me how I could contribute, that pretty much sold me on wanting to be apart of the Colts.”
As practice concluded on Tuesday evening, Pagano called McNary to the middle of the team huddle and introduced the newest Colt.
It wasn’t your typical introduction as after McNary talked about his Army service, Pagano took the opportunity for a teaching moment, something that McNary was pleased to hear.
“(Pagano) made the parallel between the Army, and that team, and the team that we have here,” McNary said telling the story. “The fact that you kind of put this game into perspective, he called it a “child’s game.” He said that basically there’s traits to be adopted and that team, in terms of everybody taking personal accountability and people being accountable for what they are supposed to be doing."
“It was inspiring.”