Colts excited about adding “complete dog” DeForest Buckner

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By not being able to meet his new teammate in person, Colts linebacker Darius Leonard has been forced to get to know DeForest Buckner by watching tape.

And he likes what he sees.

Leonard said during an appearance on NFL Network that adding the former 49ers defensive tackle could make an immediate difference for their defense.

“Having DeForest come onto the team and help our defense out, he’s a complete dog. Watching his tape, he has a motor that doesn’t stop,” Leonard said. “You can not just focus on the linebackers, we got so many defensive linemen now that are gonna eat up on any offensive line that’s in front of us. I think that’s gonna allow the linebackers to run around, make more plays, take some stress off the defensive backs because they don’t have to stay in coverage so long.

“I’m definitely looking forward to him coming out here and, you know, bring that dog mentality that he’s had and help this defense win and be the number one defense in the NFL.”

The Colts paid dearly for the privilege, giving up a first-round pick and then giving Buckner a four-year, $84 million contract. But they’re hoping the returns on that investment are as large as he is, and that he rubs off on his new teammates.

4 responses to “Colts excited about adding “complete dog” DeForest Buckner

  1. No sugarcoating it. Niners are going to miss DeFo’s play, leadership and consistency.
    Good luck Colts.

  2. Kinlaw will probably be a 3-4 “dog” in SF and he won’t cost 21 per year either.

    This is the second dumbest trade behind the Kahlil Mack deal in terms of value and devastation to the cap.

    Colts will be ruined for years over it. KC can’t even deal Chris Jones over it right now because of such an whack job contract from hotshot Ballard.

    When GMs get big egos, this is the result. Look at Dorset in Cleveland.

  3. Niners won that deal, no question.

    What was Indy thinking? Sometimes acquiring a great player makes little sense, given the compensation. This is one of those times.

    They aren’t competing for the division.

  4. @bostonblows, we’ll see where the colts end up. This will be a big lift for the D, and Ballard is 2/3’s of the way toward where he wants to be…..a lot of running game, a staunch defense and a top level QB. I thought Jacobi would give us a shot, and Rivers isn’t the long term answer, but they will be upper tier, which is better than where they were last year.

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