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Chuck Pagano Loves What He Sees In New Defensive Lineman Kendall Langford

Intro: In 6-6, 313-pound Kendall Langford, the Colts have found a new defensive lineman who can bring some pass rush from the interior.


INDIANAPOLIS – He stands above the rest, but it's his ability to get low which has his defenders taking note.

At 6-6 and 313 pounds, Kendall Langford is by far the largest of all the Colts defenders running with the starting unit during this offseason program.

This time of year is sans full pads, however coaches and players have observed a player in Langford who has a little wiggle to him.

"A guy who is long and really knows how to use it," Arthur Jones says of his fellow starting lineman. "He's a guy who has great speed and plays with low leverage for a tall guy. His frame complements him a lot. When he rips, he takes a guys arm and throws it way up there.

"He's a guy who I look up to and I grow from. I'm excited to get on the field and perform with him."

A seven-year veteran, who has never missed an NFL game (112 played), Langford was the Colts free agent addition this offseason along the defensive line.

Stops in Miami (2009-2011) and St. Louis (2012-2014) preceded Indianapolis.

What Langford finds with the Colts is a scheme that he played in with the Dolphins, and this system served as one of the major selling points in choosing the AFC South Champions over the Detroit Lions back in March.

"I like a good, old 3-4 defense," Langford said last week. "I think 3-4 is more suited to me.

"I'm very comfortable with what we're doing. I feel like I'm back at home in a 3-4 scheme. I'm excited about it."

That excitement has spilled over to Chuck Pagano.

Earlier this week, Pagano was asked about the plethora of edge rushers on the roster.

While Pagano addressed those outside linebackers, he also made sure to offer praise for what Langford has shown during the Colts OTAs.

"Kendall Langford, you guys are going to be surprised," Pagano said.

"You think we just brought in a run stopper, but he's shown in some of these 11-on-11 drills that he's got some pass rush capabilities, will get push inside."

D'Qwell Jackson has had a first-hand view of Langford this offseason.

The Colts veteran inside linebacker has seen a nimble, 313-pounder who lacks the typical stiffness for a player of that size.

In the offseason, the Colts lost 16-game contributors in Cory Redding and Ricky Jean Francois.

Langford will certainly slide into those voids (he's wearing Redding's old No. 90) and the early signs are positive with Training Camp less than two months away.

"To replace a Cory Redding, you have to replace him with a guy like himself. I'm sure Cory would be satisfied with the guy playing in his position," Jackson said of Langford.

"He's a smart guy, right off the bat, humble guy, he goes to work. He's picked up this scheme. It's been seamless for him. He's been a great surprise."

A behind the scenes look at Kendall's 2015 photo shoot in the #ColtsPhotoGarage.

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