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Greg Manusky Analyzes His Defense Heading Into Minicamp

Intro: In his third season as the Colts defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky has added a few more pieces that fit his 3-4 scheme. How does Manusky view his defense heading into next week’s minicamp?





INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, Greg Manusky fielded question on each of his three defensive units.

Up front, the question was about the beef the Colts added this offseason in the middle of the defense.

Behind the three-man front comes the linebackers, where the offseason attention has shifted to the outside and the "Next Men Up" behind Robert Mathis.

In the backend, has the safety position cleared up at all with training camp a little over a month away?

Addressing the middle of the Colts defense was a priority heading into the 2014 offseason and Manusky has a pair of new chips to place into his 3-4 scheme in Arthur Jones and D'Qwell Jackson.

"I think every year you go in with a perception of, 'We've got to get bigger, we've got to get faster, we've got to get tougher up front,' and that's what we did with the acquisitions of (Jones and Jackson)," Manusky said on Wednesday.

"Those two guys are picking up the pace, bigger bodied guys that know football, been in the system. So it's good to have those guys in there."

With a player like Jones being able to demand multiple blockers, that has the chance to open up advantageous pass rushing situations on the outside.

For the month of September, Robert Mathis will not be coming off the edge.

Bjoern Werner appears to be getting the first crack at the starting outside linebacker spot and Manusky is pleased with last year's first round pick jump in 2014.

"From his stamp, I thought he did a real good job last year when he first came in to stand up and do what he did," Manusky said of Werner. "To this year, it's just knowing the defense and to feel comfortable in the defense.

"Now, it's just his ability to get to the passer, which you want him to do that in these OTAs, but he's never really going to get there because you don't have the pads on. But he's been doing a great job at least from the calls and signals and getting everything lined up and knowing exactly what he's supposed to do. It's a great situation for him."

Daniel Adongo is a name that sparks a ton of interest, yet remains without many answers.

Manusky says Adongo has remained at outside linebacker and the speculation will ultimately continue until that countdown clock hits zero when pads are put on for preseason game No. 1 (August 7th).

"We'll find out," Manusky said of the real time action for Adongo just two months away.

"I've seen progress from the first day he's gotten here until now. Now we'll see if he can take that next level against live competition and bullets when they're flying out there."

The last of the questions comes at the final line of defense for Manusky.

During the Colts 10 OTAs, a handful of safeties have gotten a taste of first team action which foretells a competition spilling into the month of August.

"Right now where we are, you know we've got (LaRon) Landry. Delano's (Howell) doing a good job. Serg (Sergio Brown) is making a lot of plays on the back end. Then we've got a couple of young guys that we're looking through and seeing what they can do," Manusky says.

These answers don't happen overnight and Manusky knows that he has time, albeit less than three months, before his unit takes on one of the NFL's most prolific offenses to kickoff 2014.

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