I hasn't heard of Daniel Adongo before last offseason; now, I know a few things:
1. Adongo used to play rugby.
2. He hasn't played professional football before.
3. He might play this week.
4. He is UTTERLY TERRIFYING.
I mean, especially after seeing pictures the Indy Star has posted, I've realized that I, at 5'7'', could probably be folded by Adongo's willpower alone. Speaking of the Indy Star, Stephen Holder has another good take on the 270-pound Kenyan.
That led the Colts to Adongo, who signed with the club July 30 and began acclimating himself to the basics of football. And by basics, we mean basics. Strapping on a helmet and learning to properly wear shoulder pads would be among his first lessons.
Whether this time would come, whether Adongo could truly develop enough to actually help the Colts, was anything but certain back then. No less than general manager Ryan Grigson, the man who green-lighted the move to sign the Kenyan-born Adongo, admitted the athlete was "a total long shot" and called the signing "somewhat of an experiment."
Now. I won't go on too much about Adongo, especially because Marcus nailed it a few days ago, but I will say this: after Indy's success with undrafted free agents (going back to Jeff Saturday), Freeman (thanks, CFL!), and the Army (pending ...), it's very cool to see what thinking outside the box can accomplish.
It'll be even cooler to see what Adongo can accomplish when he gets his shot.
Daniel is at the top of my list of young guys I am intrigued by. How he handles himself hitting and being hit. 270 lbs. moving as fast as he moves can be explosive I can't wait .
Da'Rick Rogers comes next in my mind. With the physical skills he possesses, how well does he step up to become a reliable target for Andrew ? Can he help minimize the sting of losing Reggie.
Third on my list is Josh McNary. He's already flashing athleticism that's much needed on this defense, especially in the passing game.
I hope it's not unfair to have high hopes that these three guys can make a difference and give this team a boost . But, they will be watched closely by Colts fans Sunday looking for a spark.
Grigson for some of the mistakes he has made in free agency does think outside the box, which is what a good GM must do.