Colts Rookie David Parry Progressing Well at Nose Tackle
According to Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, rookie nose tackle David Parry has already impressed in two preseason games.
This year’s 5th round pick out of Stanford is currently pushing the defense’s incumbent starter Josh Chapman for the starting spot:
"“You get a guy that’s smart. He’s tough and he understands the scheme, and he plays with really good technique,” Pagano said. “He’s doing a nice job. He’s got good movement skills. He plays square. He plays with heavy hands. He can get some knock ‘em back.”“When we put him on the move, he’s got some quickness and some twitch about him to make some offensive guys miss,” added Pagano. “He has the ability. He had a chance to make a play in the backfield, and the guy put a little move on him, and that’s tough on any D-lineman. But he’s progressing well.”"
The 6’2″, 310 pound rookie was only expected to be a rotational defensive lineman at nose tackle to start the year, but his solid play has placed him in the conversation as the starter for the season opener.
When asked by the Colts very own longtime play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey of whether he’s surprised of his early success, the big bodied rookie took it in stride:
"“I always have high expectations of myself, but I’m just taking it one day at a time,” said Parry. “Trying to get a little bit better every single day, and I think that’s what’s gotten me to this point so far.”"
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