Sheard is expected to move from outside linebacker to defensive end with newly hired defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus planning to implement a speed-based, 4-3 defensive scheme, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Eberflus' scheme calls for the defensive front to provide more pressure on quarterbacks and limit big plays, something that wasn't asked of the Colts' linemen as often in the 3-4 setup used under recently fired head coach Chuck Pagano. In the new one-gap line arrangement, Johnathan Hankins is expected to slide over from defensive end to defensive tackle, opening up a spot on the edge for Sheard. The 28-year-old Sheard is coming off a 2017 season in which he recorded 52 stops (37 solo), his highest total since 2012, his second season in the NFL. The presumed move to the line will minimize the tackle opportunities available for Sheard, though he could notice an uptick in the 5.5 sacks he registered last season; over his career, Sheard has delivered three seven-plus sack campaigns, all of which came under coordinators who favored 4-3 defenses.
The Colts registered a paltry 25 sacks as a team this season, with Sheard being the only individual with more than three. The veteran linebacker finished fourth on the team in tackles and will likely have a similar role on the Indianapolis defense in 2018.
Sheard had four total tackles, four QB hits and two sacks in Sunday's 20-14 win at Houston.
Sheard has provided a steady pass rush with 30 QB hurries, four QB hits and three batted passes, according to Pro Football Focus. He should continue to be a decent source of sacks.
Sheard had seven tackles (four solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 26-23 overtime victory over the 49ers.
Sheard has put together back-to-back quality performances with 14 tackles (nine solo) and 2.5 sacks the last two weeks. The 28-year-old will hope to continue his level of play against the Titans next Monday.
Sheard had seven tackles a sack and two QB hits in Sunday's loss at Seattle.
Shead struggled to generate a pass rush in Week 1, but has improved the past three weeks with 14 QB hurries the past three games according to Pro Football Focus. He should get more sacks as a result.
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|5||10/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
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|14||12/9/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
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|2016||New England Patriots||15||33||20.0||13||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
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