One of the earlier Colts moves on Tuesday evening was to sign former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler to start the rebuild of the defensive backfield - a unit which descended to atrocious levels of play last year. He signed a 3-year, $15m deal to in theory join Vontae Davis as a starter. In keeping with our rundown on the Colts acquisitions thus far, here's the lowdown on Greg Toler.
An initial look at Toler doesn't yield a great deal of information - his 6'0, 193lb frame is fairly typical for the position, though he'll undoubtedly provide a clear length/reach upgrade on the now-departed Jerraud Powers (ironically enough, to Arizona). This was one of my primary issues with Powers - he couldn't easily match up with receivers in excess of 6'2 and expect to win in man coverage - Toler provides a more physical presence.
I've chosen three plays to highlight Toler's game - I know it's a small sample size. The fact is that his highlights (5 career INTs) weren't particularly helpful in terms of camera angles and the plays themselves being bad quarterbacking as opposed to great work on the back end.
I'll start with the most recent play I've chosen from Toler - taken from the Cardinals vs. Lions game in Week 15 of 2012. It's a 4th and 2 from the ARZ 2.
Firstly - context. It's a 4th and 2 with less than 6 minutes to go in a 2 score game. Toler is lined up at RCB opposite Kris Durham, Matthew Stafford's own version of Brandon Stokley. It's straight man coverage across the board.