INDIANAPOLIS – For a player like
Freeman has led the Colts in tackles the last two years and he routinely thanks the men up front for letting him run free.
So when Freeman got his first look at new Colts defensive lineman Art Jones, his eyes lit up.
“Have you seen him?” Freeman said with his eyes raised.
“He’s going to take up some blockers up there.”
Just like Freeman, Jones himself had a question in return to a reporter last week.
Art, Why did you choose Indianapolis?
“Why not?” Jones answered.
“You’ve got a young gun-slinger in
“I feel like this team is close, very close to accomplishing that goal, hoisting that trophy up. I didn’t want to go to a team and never hear about me again. I just feel like this is a team that has so much life and so much energy and I’m planning on bringing a little bit more.”
If early locker room interactions with Jones are any indication, he will bring plenty of additional life to the Colts locker room.
Jones already has plenty of familiarity with Chuck Pagano and
The Colts offseason program is barely a week underway and Jones is starting to find even more comfortability with coaches and players.
“These guys have so much energy,” Jones says. “(Greg) Manusky, from day one me going to his office, he’s ready. He’s a guy who understands players. He played in this league for 12 years.
“The defensive line coach (Gary Emanuel), it’s a great room. I’m just excited. I’m very excited to be here.”
Just like he has since his arrival, Jones isn’t revealing any secrets on where Colts fans will see him line up on Sundays.
Jones said “96 (Chapman) and 97 (Jones) are going to have fun in the middle this year,” before reminding those assembled that the newest Colts defensive lineman comes here as a “humble servant.”
No matter where Jones lines up in 2014, there’s no question fans will be noticing the 315-pounder with a never-disappearing smile.
“I feel like this team is close, has so many awesome players here, guys that love working hard, guys that are passionate,” Jones says
“Guys have accepted me and you don’t have a problem going to war for guys like that.”