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Colts sign LB EJ Speed to contract extension

Speed recorded 63 tackles and led the Colts in special teams snaps in 2022. 


The Colts on Wednesday signed linebacker EJ Speed to a contract extension.

Speed appeared in all 17 games with five starts and set career highs in tackles (63), tackles for a loss (7) and special teams snaps (384) in 2022. He primarily played Sam (strongside) linebacker in Gus Bradley's 4-3 scheme, and his 384 special teams snaps were a team high and his eight special teams tackles were tied for second-most on the Colts.

Speed in 2022 also recorded his first career sack, a strip-sack of Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills in Week 1. And Speed was particularly effective against the run: His 82.8 Pro Football Focus run defense grade ranked eighth among linebackers in 2022.

Originally a fifth-round pick (No. 164 overall) from Tarleton State in the 2019 NFL Draft, Speed carved out a role as a core special teamer for the Colts early in his pro career. Speed was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in both 2020 (Week 10) and 2021 (Week 10); in 2021, he scored a pair of touchdowns off blocked punts.

Over his four years in Indianapolis, Speed has appeared in 61 games (six starts) with 110 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and one sack.

A look back at some of the best shots of linebacker E.J. Speed from the 2022 season.

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