Rookie Jonathan Newsome Emerging For Colts Defense

Intro: Over the past few weeks, the Colts 2014 draft class has started to contribute more and more. How has Jonathan Newsome developed into a pass rusher off the edge?

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INDIANAPOLIS – So many times when rookies make the transition to the NFL, immersing one self into a professional playbook can be a bit overwhelming.

In an ideal world, being able to stick a rookie at one specific position would seem to be beneficial for allowing the young player to play free.

However, the NFL is anything but an ideal world.

For Jonathan Newsome, the rookie season has been about bouncing around from the Colts defensive line room back to the linebackers room.

In Training Camp, Newsome played SAM linebacker but, by need, he was then moved to the RUSH spot, the position previously occupied by Robert Mathis.

An injury to Erik Walden a few weeks back has Newsome back at the SAM position where, against the Giants, he recorded seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

"He's had a little bit of a cross-training thing going on and that can be a little bit heavy on a young guy coming in," linebackers coach Jeff Fitzgerald says of the Colts fifth-round pick.

"You have to be reasonable with what you expect, and obviously (against the Giants) he exceeded those expectations. So I'm very happy about that, but understanding also that he's still got a lot to learn."

Highlights from Jonathan Newsome's rookie year through the first half of the season!

As the 2014 NFL Draft unfolded, Ryan Grigson knew it was going to be difficult to find an impactful pass rusher in the latter rounds.

Newsome was a guy who caught the Colts eye from his play at Ball State and throughout the NFL combine.

Over the last month, Newsome has seen his snap count increase and he's contributed with three sacks.

"He's still learning the defense and still learning the importance of being a pro, building trust every day and how important those things are to his future success," Grigson says of Newsome.

"He has a ton more ceiling in terms of his development but Jon knows how to play this game. He just does. He's a baller and you can't take that away from him, but he'll only be as good as he truly wants to be. If he continues to do what is asked of him on every level and continues to buy in then sky is the limit. What a great opportunity he has considering the road he's traveled to this point. I mean it's truly golden."

During the bye week, Newsome hung out in Indianapolis itching to get back for a game that he's grown fond of dating back to his childhood.

Newsome's younger sister was a Colts fans growing up so he knows the buildup that surrounds Colts/Patriots.

Now, it's Newsome's turn to deliver for his young sister.

"I've been thinking about Tom Brady ever since Monday (following the Giants game)," Newsome says.

"I'm super excited. I just remember all the AFC Championship games, all the playoff games, all the regular season games growing up. It's just funny I'm here now. It's still surreal, but I'm ready to go."

cant wait to go to practice tomorrow. Im turning up this second half of the season. And thats that. Nothin else need to be said. #Superbowl — J-New (@JNEW_11) November 9, 2014

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