Colts To Sign DT Sheldon Day

The Colts have agreed to sign free agent DT Sheldon Day, as Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports (via Twitter). The team subsequently announced the move.

Day was claimed by the 49ers in November 2017 after being waived by the Jaguars. He ultimately settled in as a rotational lineman in the interior of San Francisco’s defensive front, and he played about a third of the club’s defensive snaps last year. He recorded 15 tackles and a sack in the regular season and started all three of the Niners’ playoff games, including the Super Bowl.

It’s a homecoming for Day, an Indianapolis native who played his collegiate ball at Notre Dame. The Jaguars selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, but he struggled to find a niche in Jacksonville. After he was put on waivers, a number of teams submitted claims, but the 49ers had top priority at the time.

Day will follow former 49ers teammate DeForest Buckner to the Colts, and he will likely share time with fourth-year pro Grover Stewart.

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7 comments on “Colts To Sign DT Sheldon Day

  1. dynamite drop in monty

    Nice depth pickup. High energy & effort guy. Indianapolis native.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Smart move, get a guy with good experience, good energy and he’s a local meaning he will give that extra 20%.

  3. bravesfan88

    Day is a very solid depth piece, and Indy will be rewarded with this signing.

    Day will never make a bunch of highlights, but he does a little bit of everything well. He plugs holes against the run, and he’s also able to slide off blocks to disrupt plays. Day is also capable of providing a solid rush from the interior, and although he wont get alot of sacks, he still effects the pocket and helps your defense.

    Again, this a great depth move for Indy. Now, with Buckner and Day joining Houston, Autry, and some other lesser known up and coming lineman like Banogu and Stewart, Indy’s d-line will be an extremely underrated group come next season..

    I think Buckner will likely end up helping out their LBs the most, and I also wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Autry end up bringing his sack total alot closer to the 9 he recorded in 2018..

    They certainly will not be the flashiest group of lineman, but the Colts have quickly turned a relative question mark into an almost certain positive and a strength for this team. They’ll handle the run much better, they’ll apply more pressure, and in turn, it should also translate into helping out their secondary..

    Everyone witnessed what a difference a great D-Line can make for a defense with the 49ers last year. While I’m certainly not saying the Colts D-Line is as good as the 49ers’, they will be markedly better than last season, and the effects should be felt throughout all three levels of their defense..

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