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Denzelle Good Always Thought Guard Was A Better Fit In The NFL

Intro: With the Colts closing camp in Anderson, the right guard starting reps are continuing for Denzelle Good. Is that position his to lose the rest of the preseason?


ANDERSON, Ind. – The welcome moment to the NFL for Denzelle Good wasn't Robert Mathis beating him in a one-on-one drill at practice.

It wasn't an opposing edge rusher showing the seventh-round pick that life in the NFL is a bit different than at Mars Hill.

No, the moment where Good realized he was no longer playing on Saturday's came from Matt Hasselbeck's voice.

"We didn't have a snap count like that at Mars Hill," Good admits of a false start penalty in his first NFL start against Tampa Bay last year.

"Matt hit me with a double count and I just fell for it. I thought he was about to tear me a new one. I was prepared for it. I didn't even want to go back to the huddle."

Following a tap on the helmet from Hasselbeck, Good felt just fine.

The 355-pound Good can laugh about it now.

His second Training Camp hasn't been about fighting for a roster spot.

Good is in a full-on competition for the starting right guard position. The early returns are very positive.

Earlier this week, Chuck Pagano alluded to the one lone position battle remaining on the offensive line.

"The biggest question mark was at right guard in my mind," Pagano said.

Good, who is switching from tackle to guard this season, is taking the first-team reps there and could be the answer Pagano is looking for very soon.

"I told them that last year that I was going to play guard," Good said of liking the fit at guard, a position he initially played at North Carolina State, before transferring to Mars Hill.

"At guard everything is right there, in your face, and you got to firm up the pocket."

The competition for Good at right guard is returning starter Hugh Thornton.

Currently, Thornton is dealing with an ankle injury and was wearing a boot at Tuesday's practice.

When Thornton's health cooperates, Pagano says the Colts will stick to a competition to settle that starting spot.

"We will give them equal opportunity," Pagano says, "to earn the job with equal reps with the ones and twos and let this thing shake out."

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