Last year, an underrated contributor to the Indianapolis Colts’ defense was safety Dwight Lowery.
Lowery started all 16 games for the Colts and was a reliable presence in the secondary, recording 76 tackles (third on the team), a sack, eight passes defensed (fourth on the team), and four interceptions (second on the team), returning one for a touchdown. Lowery was a very nice addition at safety, but the Colts let him walk this year in free agency because second-year man Clayton Geathers was ready and waiting to step in. The Colts also added safety T.J. Green in the draft, giving them two young but talented players to play at safety. Lowery, meanwhile, signed with the Chargers, where he faced a tough task in replacing Eric Weddle but has done so nicely.
With the Chargers this year, Lowery has started both games and ranks third on the team with 12 tackles, also adding a pass defensed. He’s kept up his high level of play from the past two seasons (in 2014 with the Falcons and in 2015 with the Colts), and this Sunday Lowery will return to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Colts and Andrew Luck as a member of the Chargers.
“I can help them in a lot of ways, just because I have experience going against them,” Lowery said about his ability to help the Chargers defense face the Colts, according to ESPN. “Of course it always comes back to what you see on film in terms of preparation. But it’s just little, subtle things -- things that maybe they can’t see on film. It’ll be loud. They’re 0-2 right now and searching for a win. They’ve played competitively. I’m sure a couple plays here or there, it could be a different situation. They’ve had to deal with a lot of injuries over there, but Chuck [Pagano] will have them ready to play with enthusiasm and we have to be ready to match that for all four quarters.”
Lowery went from playing for Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to playing for Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano (Chuck’s brother), and San Diego has found ways to utilize Lowery’s versatility - according to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, Lowery has played at both safety spots, at linebacker, at slot cornerback, and at outside cornerback so far this year through two games. Chuck Pagano has been impressed with what he’s seen from his former player.
“He’s playing really well for them back there,” Pagano said, according to Williams. “He’s an athletic guy. He can play down in the box. He can play deep. He’s got great range, good ball skills and cover ability. ... He’s a smart guy who knows football. And he’s a tireless worker who prepares himself extremely well. He did that here and you can tell that he’s continued to do that.”
Lowery and the Chargers will face a tough road test this Sunday in facing Andrew Luck and a Colts offense motivated to get back on track after a rough outing against the Broncos. Furthermore, Indianapolis will be motivated to get their first win of the season and avoid falling to 0-3. If Lowery plays like he did with the Colts last year or like he’s been playing this year so far, however, he’ll also present a tough test for Indy’s offense.