The Colts found their way into my heart last season - again - by finding Jerrell Freeman, a CFL standout, and turning him into a defensive gem on a team that needed more. This year, they've decided to go a bit further, scooping Daniel Adongo from his rugby-playing ways and asking him to play outside linebacker; the 6'6" Adongo upon arriving at training camp, was apparently stunned by the news.
“It came as a shock,” Adongo said, in comments distributed by the team’s PR staff. “I really appreciate the chance that I’ve got. Going forward, I want to be the best I can be for the team. That is what it’s about here. That’s the culture being built in the boys. I’m pretty much starting from scratch, but I’m a quick learner. I have to make sure I’m up and ready to go when the time comes. Everything is going to be pretty new to me.”
Possible scenario in which his value goes up: Fili Moala has been placed on the PUP list, which leaves an already depressing defensive line short yet another player. While Adongo is built more like a tight-end, he's fast, and if nothing else, knows how to take someone down. If Moala doesn't return, and another lineman goes down, why not give him a chance as a DE? Having seen Adongo's play via YouTube (thank you, technology), I'd be scared any time I was lining up against the guy. Wouldn't you?
Grigson is obviously looking anywhere and everywhere for talent. I love the move. Not much to lose here, but possibly could wind up with a diamond in the rough. Lets not forget how some teams went looking for college basketball players to play TE (Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham). This dude is cut and strong as an ox (saw pix of him lugging two barbells with what appears to be two 100 lb. plates on each). Also watched some YouTube video of him playing rugby. He's definitely not shy about contact. Could see him making the practice squad this year.
@couchspud44 Personally? I want to see them march in to San Fran, and in the press conference before the game, make the following announcement:
"So we've heard this Kaepernick guy can run pretty fast. In response, we'll be starting Daniel Adongo at DE, where he'll be assigned to Kaep for the duration of the game. Enjoy."