Pat Angerer is currently rehabilitating after foot surgery in the offseason. It is very early in Colts training camp, but nobody has heard much of anything about how soon Pat can take the field. 4 days of practices have passed now and Kavell Conner and Jerrell Freeman are running with the ones. Kelvin Shephard seems to be getting a fair share of reps also. A nice rotation is forming with the unit, and add the surprise of new addition Josh Mcnary playing as mike lb instead of outside like many people thought would happen and its getting crowded.
Pat is an exceptional player when healthy. Hes got a nose for the ball and closes quickly. He is a good tackler although a bit undersized for 3-4 mike lb. We would all love for him to return to his 2011 form and partner up with Freeman. That duo could be top 5 tackling machine. The problem, of course, is Pat isnt and cant stay healthy. That foot problem is goin on 2 yrs now. A reminder, i understand it is early in camp and theres still plenty of time for him to get healthy and get comfortable. But how long can the coaches wait? We know Freeman and Conner can ball. We think Shepard could be our best coverage lb. What happens if Mcnary turns out to be a beast (his size at mike lb is impressive)? And what happens if all the "what ifs" happen and Angerer is still nursing that foot 3 wks into camp?
Lets not forget one quote from Grigson last year at the very beginning of his hire when addressing players. "If players cant stay on the field and help our team win then they wont be around long" Thats not an exact quote but in so many words. Ive heard some coaches say they love Angerer. He plays fast and mean. I as well love him on the field. I wanted raise the topic now because it is early, and the hype for the season and time are at its highest right now. That dominos obviously to the hype of every individual player. And if certain players are impressing now and, hypothetically while Angerer heals for 3 wks, then can the staff really shove aside what theyve done for a player that hasnt practiced?
Let me be clear of my intentions for this post. I want and hope Pat gets healthy and starts. Hes a beast, period. But i think its fair to question what will happen 3 wks or maybe not til the opener ( god forbid) to Pat if he isnt healthy by then.