The Indianapolis Colts are approaching the start of the preseason and veteran defensive tackle, Grover Stewart, is ready for the action.
On Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts will play their first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. While the preseason doesn’t count towards anything, Frank Reich has said that starters will play a little more than usual just so the team can incorporate Matt Ryan and Gus Bradley’s new defense.
Some veterans aren’t really fond of playing in the preseason but others love it. The three games can be used for players and teams to get up to speed so that they can hit the regular season running. That’s part of the reason veteran defensive tackle, Grover Stewart, is excited to take the field Saturday.
In a recent press conference with the media, Stewart was asked how much preseason action he needed. Stewart admitted that he was looking forward to a couple of quarters so that he “make sure [he] still got it,” and also so he can “choke a couple of guys out” before he subs out.
Grover Stewart ready to “choke guys out” in the preseason
Stewart said this with a big smile on his face, and while he may not want to cause any real harm to opponents, it’s safe to believe that he’s definitely ready to up the intensity. Training camp can be long and grueling, and it’s tough going against the same people every day, especially when they’re your teammates and you can’t go as hard on them as you may want to.
That won’t be the case in Saturday’s preseason game. Stewart and the Colts will have the opportunity to get physical with somebody that isn’t wearing an Indianapolis uniform. This will be a good opportunity for the team to see where they’re at and how much work they need to do for the remainder of camp.
For Stewart, it will be the start of what should be a promising year. Entering his sixth season in the NFL, his fourth as a full-time starter for the Colts, Stewart could be poised to have his best season yet. With so much talent around him on the defensive line, Stewart should have a lot of opportunities to make plays.