Thursday, August 1, 2013
Chapman making push at NT
By Tom Carpenter
When the Indianapolis Colts drafted Josh Chapman with the first pick of the fifth round in 2012, they hoped that the Alabama product would develop into their long-term answer at nose tackle in their 3-4 defense. Unfortunately, a torn ACL and damaged meniscus cost him his entire rookie campaign. Now that he's fully healed, Chapman is turning heads in practice.
"NT Josh Chapman has been intriguing to watch. Frequently, he’s been a handful," wrote Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. "On one play during 11-on-11 work, Chapman blew up a running play. The 340-pounder burst off the line and pushed C Samson Satele and G Mike McGlynn into T Gosder Cherilus and Allen. End of play. That’s the type of interior disruption coach Chuck Pagano wants from the nose tackle."
If he continues to remain a disruptive force up the middle through the preseason, Chapman could push Aubrayo Franklin to start in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders.