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Clayton Geathers Not Making Position Switch To Linebacker

Even though the Colts are changing to a 4-3 defense in 2018, they will be keeping hard-hitting safety Clayton Geathers at his natural spot.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Position switches are coming as the Colts transition from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 scheme.

But there will not be one involving Clayton Geathers becoming a permanent linebacker.

Chris Ballard squashed that idea---of Geathers becoming an every down linebacker---at the NFL Combine last week.

“We like him at strong safety,” Ballard said of Geathers.

“Am I saying, will he play in the box some? He could. (But) Clayton is a good strong safety.”

The Colts are adamant that the system switch defensively will bring more speed on the field.

That’s where the thought of moving the physical Geathers, who stands 6-2 and 220 pounds, to linebacker came from.

With the Colts having some nice depth at safety (Mailk Hooker and Matthias Farley are under contract for a couple of more seasons), sliding Geathers to linebacker wouldn’t hurt the safety group too much.

Geathers, who still could become a linebacker on passing downs in 2018, played in 5 games late last season as he returned from a neck injury.

As long as Hooker makes a full recovery from his October ACL injury, the Colts will have a very potent safety duo, with Farley as a nice backup.

The Colts still have T.J. Green under contract and could even re-sign Darius Butler, although he turns 32 years old later this month.

Frank Reich believes the secondary is a unit of strength for the Colts moving forward.

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