Clayton Geathers Embracing Starting Safety Role In 2016

Intro: Mike Adams has a new running mate at the safety position this season. How are things progressing with Clayton Geathers now becoming a full-time starter in his second year?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The scene inside the Colts' defensive backs room looks like the Geico "Hump Day" commercial asking what day is it?

Mike, Mike, Mike.

The camel in this case is Clayton Geathers.

And he has a serious question for Mike Adams, the 13-year veteran, who Geathers will be starting next to in 2016.

"I sit right behind him so I'm always in his ear, 'Mike, Mike, Mike. Help me out,'" Geathers says, painting a picture of him leaning forward inside the Colts' secondary room.

"Just the way to be a pro and how he sees things on the field, how he studies, the work he puts in. You just don't get 13 years in the league by sitting around."

The picture indicates Adams, the oldest safety in the NFL, is the teacher and Geathers is the pupil.

However, when things get very real come Sept. 11, the two won't be on separate levels of any hierarchy.

They will be the Colts' starting safeties.

"You want to be in sync because that trickles down from the back end all the way down to the front," Geathers says of the importance in building chemistry with Adams this time of year.

"You want to be in sync, playing with harmony and just knowing each other, having a feel for each other. Sometimes you don't even have to say anything, you just know."

Last year, the Colts weren't afraid to quickly implement Geathers into their sub package roles.

The mental hurdles weren't too high at all for the 2015 fourth-round pick.

Geathers eventually started two games in his rookie season, once again adding to his family's impressive NFL pedigree.

It's the demeanor of Geathers that impresses the Colts' Pro Bowl cornerback.

"He approaches the game how you are supposed to," Vontae Davis says of his locker mate.

This time of year, Geathers might be whispering.

Come fall, the noises should be much, much louder.

"Clayton is doing a great job," Chuck Pagano, who is helping out the secondary this season, says.

"He's communicating really well back there with Mike. He doesn't make mental errors. He's a very conscientious guy and he's a talented guy. He's gotten himself in really good shape, looks fasters, looks rangier, twitchier. He's making nice plays."

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