In the third quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, defensive lineman T.Y. McGill crashed the pocket and chased after the quarterback, bringing him down from behind for the sack.
Afterward, McGill decided to bring out his own unique sack celebration.
“No, there’s not [a name for it],” McGill said after the game. “Me and Zach [Kerr] were playing around in practice the other day and I told him I was going to do it if I made a play.”
He certainly did make a play - and more than one, at that - and so he decided to bring out the celebration.
“I’m hungry,” Kerr explained.
Hungry for what?
“Plays,” he said. “Helping this team win, this organization.”
If he can play at a level anywhere close to what he’s been at during this preseason, McGill will definitely be helping the Colts win games this year. Though his celebration is certainly fun to watch, his play on the field has been even moreso. He racked up three tackles, a sack, and two quarterback hits on Saturday night, and last week recorded three tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass defensed against the Buffalo Bills. McGill has done a very good job of shutting down plays and getting into the backfield, continuing his impressive play from the end of last season and from training camp this year.
With Henry Anderson recovering from a torn ACL, Kendall Langford dealing with a knee injury, and Art Jones suspended for the first four games of the regular season, the Colts’ depth along the defensive line has already been tested. The team is in need of those depth players to step up, and while the unit as a whole has done a good job there’s little doubt that the best player of the group so far has been McGill.
“I feel it’s going well,” McGill said of his performance so far, “but at the end of the day, it’s all about these guys in the locker room coming together. With that being said, those plays are for this team.”
Head coach Chuck Pagano was more effusive in his praise for McGill when asked about the young defensive lineman last week. “I think he’s picked up right where he left off,” Pagano said. “He finished the [last] season obviously on a high note. Him and Zach [Kerr] really played well towards the end of last year. He’s a twitchy, explosive, quick-type player. He’s tough to block when he is on the move, he gets penetration, he’s slippery and he is a little bit sneaky when it comes to pass rush. He does make plays and he always shows up on the stat sheet. Typically, those interior guys don’t show up as much as he does, so he’s playing well. He’s a smart football player, he’s active and he’s explosive, like I said. Yeah, he’s doing a nice job.”
It’s important not to overreact to what happens in training camp and preseason games, but so far T.Y. McGill has been the biggest standout for the Indianapolis Colts, dancing and all.