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Zach Kerr To Use Offseason To Evaluate Strengths, Weaknesses

Intro: Third-year nose tackle Zach Kerr certainly flashed in several games throughout the 2016 season, but hopes to use his offseason to get even more consistent in 2017.


INDIANAPOLIS — Zach Kerr isn't going to rush to any judgements.

Asked earlier this month to evaluate his play throughout the 2016 season, the Indianapolis Colts nose tackle said he was going to use his free time during the offseason to figure all that out.

One immediate self-evaluation Kerr was able to give himself, however, was that he'd like to work on being a little bit more consistent in 2017 and beyond.

Throughout 2016, Kerr certainly flashed in several games, but there were other games in which he really hoped to have had contributed a little more.

"Honestly, I thought I was a little bit inconsistent this year," Kerr said. "I think I could've played a lot better. But I'll figure it out on my own when I look at all my reps — I usually do that at the end of the year; get all my reps and go over them and kind of rate myself after that."

On the year, Kerr played in 12 games with four starts in 2016, tallying 19 total tackles with 2.5 sacks, a career-best 4.0 tackles for loss, six quarterback hits and a fumble recovery.

His season featured many highlight moments:

• In Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Kerr had a sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits. The sack was Kerr's first since the 2014 season.

• In Week 15 against the Minnesota Vikings, Kerr had two tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss. His sack of Sam Bradford — for a 14-yard loss — was on the final play of the game in a big road win for the Colts.

• In Week 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kerr posted three tackles and recovered his first-career fumble on an Erik Walden strip-sack in the second quarter.

For his career, Kerr has collected 68 tackles in 36 career games with eight starts, with 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble and a fumble recovery apiece.

But Kerr, like most of his teammates, found himself nicked up from time to time throughout this past season, and said he'll take a little bit of time away from football to begin his offseason.

"You've got to get your mind right, man," the 6-2, 334-pound Delaware product said. "You're already mentally messed up a little bit because you're trying to figure out what you're going to do next weekend since you've been playing football for 'X' amount of weeks, but definitely (taking) some time off just to get my mind right and get my life together."

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