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Colts Antonio Morrison Led All NFL Rookies In Tackles During Preseason

Aug 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Antonio Morrison (44) grabs Philadelphia Eagles tight end Chris Pantale (85) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Antonio Morrison (44) grabs Philadelphia Eagles tight end Chris Pantale (85) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Antonio Morrison led all NFL rookies in tackles during the preseason with 21 totals tackles–including his preseason game high of 9 tackles in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens:

Selected by the Colts in the 4th round of this year’s NFL Draft out of Florida, Morrison was always highly regarded as a very instinctive and active inside linebacker starring for the Gators.

Aug 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner (34) is hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Antonio Morrison (44) in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sportss
Aug 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner (34) is hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Antonio Morrison (44) in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sportss /

Specifically, the 6’1″, 235 pound inside linebacker always had a special knack for finding the football and racking up tackles, having led Florida in total tackles for the past two seasons with 96 and 101 tackles in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

Of course, it’s no coincidence that Morrison has come to the Colts of all teams, who have an established “tackling machine”, veteran inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who finished with the 2nd most tackles in the NFL last season with 150 total tackles.

With Jackson set to turn 33 years old in a few weeks and entering the last year of his Colts contract, the team could be looking to groom a future “tackling machine” behind him, as Morrison could very well be the long-term answer to the position.

Similar to Jackson, Morrison is very active on the football field with sideline-to-sideline tackling ability–always seemingly finding his helmet right around the football to readily take down the opposing ball carrier.

He figures to fit right in, as a spitting image to his Colts predecessor in that regard.