The Indianapolis Colts made a major splash this offseason to take their defense to the next level. They traded the No. 13 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for star defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.
Trading for Buckner wasn’t the only move the Colts made to add a former 49ers player this offseason. They signed Indianapolis native Sheldon Day to a one-year deal. He played alongside Buckner last season on San Francisco’s defensive line.
During a recent conversation with Matt Taylor of the team’s official website, Day explained what he’s seen that makes Buckner a ‘special player’ from their shared time with the 49ers.
“DeForest (has) made me detail my game,” Day said. “So we would be working on pass-rush moves, bouncing ideas off of each other, just trying to make sure that our game grew together, and we’re always giving each other tips. If I see something on film I’d reach out to him, and vice versa. So, man, what a special guys he is.”
The Colts are expecting Buckner to set the tone for the whole defensive line as a three-technique as Sheldon Day described. He should significantly help the team’s struggles to pressure the quarterback from the interior while providing a boost to their capabilities of stopping the run.
DeForest Buckner put together a truly impressive 2019 season and played a crucial role in making the 49ers’ defensive line elite. He recorded 61 combined tackles (nine for loss), 7.5 sacks, and two passes defensed last season.
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