Colts' Dayo Odeyingbo: 'The Goal Is To Be Back Playing This Year'

Colts defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo, who's recovering from a torn Achilles', said Friday he aims to get on the field in 2021. 

"Hurricane Dayo" arrived in Indianapolis for this weekend's rookie minicamp, and while he's not able to get on the field just yet, the second-round pick is looking forward to living up to the nickname bestowed upon him by Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown. 

"I definitely would like to live up to it. I feel like I definitely think that is a solid way to describe the way I play," Dayo Odeyingbo said. "That disruption I bring to the game — I'm excited to get out there. I mean, I like the name, so I hope it sticks.

"I'm excited to get out there and let the hurricane loose."

Odeyingbo, who suffered a torn Achilles' in January while training for the Senior Bowl, said he's looking forward to this weekend building a bond with the Colts' other rookies — including first-round pick Kwity Paye — while learning from coaches and getting to know the athletic training staff. And all that will be important in building a foundation to accomplishing what he wants for 2021: Getting on the field. 

"The goal is to be back playing this year," Odeyingbo said. "So that's what I'm working towards and that'll play out how it plays out.

"… Obviously everybody wants to get back as fast as possible, but you have to with these injuries (go about it) the right way and don't want to push anything too hard, kind of make it worse or kind or mess up your future or set you back. So I'm working hard to get back as fast as possible, but I'm definitely being careful with the whole situation."

Get your first look at the Indianapolis Colts 2021 rookie draft class in their team gear as they get fitted for equipment ahead of minicamp.

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