Frank Reich: I believe Yannick Ngakoue is going to be a great fit for us

NFL: AUG 02 Indianapolis Colts Training Camp
Getty Images

The Colts acquired edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue from the Raiders at the start of the new league year.

In doing so, Indianapolis reunited Ngakoue with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley — who coached Ngakoue with Jacksonville and Las Vegas.

Ngakoue filled a need for a veteran edge presence. And his experience has already proven to be a benefit through the offseason program and early portion of training camp.

“Yeah, he’s got such good get-off. He’s explosive,” head coach Frank Reich said in his Wednesday press conference. “He’s just really smart. He understands the game, he understands what offenses are trying to do. He’s good situationally, and more than that, what I’m coming to appreciate about Yannick more and more is really what a leader this guy is. He’s going to put up great individual performance and production, but ultimately it’s about the team, and I really believe that he’s going to be a great fit for us going forward — really excited about Yannick.”

Ngakoue posted 10.0 sacks with eight tackles for loss, 23 quarterback hits, three passes defensed, and a pair of forced fumbles with the Raiders last year. He’ll provide a significant boost to Indianapolis’ defense if he can replicate that production in 2022.

5 responses to “Frank Reich: I believe Yannick Ngakoue is going to be a great fit for us

  1. This guy has been on about a bazillion teams now, including my favorite team. There never seem to be complaints about work ethic or off-the-field issues, and he seems to get to the QB pretty regularly, so I wonder what the heck the deal is?

  2. Situationally is the key word. Ngakoue is a great situational pass rusher, but he’s a liability in any other role.

  3. That guy has a huge ‘me’ problem. Been on at least 5 teams and they couldn’t get rid of him fast enough.

  4. He remind me of Dwight Freeney (w/o the spin move)

    Excellent and getting after the QB, not great against the run. Hopefully he flourishes in Bradley’s Defense.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.