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Pierre Desir Gives Colts Veteran Presence In Talented Secondary

In re-signing Pierre Desir, the Colts have an important veteran presence among a group of youngsters.

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INDIANAPOLIS – When a player enters free agency, having Plans A, B, and C is common place for an uncertain time.


When free agency extends into Week Two and a player is still looking for his next stop, a return to that former team could be waning.


But Pierre Desir was confident.


He confuses no one in talking about where he wanted to play in 2018.


“My main focus was to get back to Indy,” Desir said after re-signing with the Colts on Wednesday afternoon.


“My first and second and third option was to come back to Indy. I love the fans. My family, we love the city. So I just wanted to come back and play again for the Shoe.”


The Colts certainly need Desir back.


With Rashaan Melvin moving on to the Raiders, it should be no surprise if Desir is starting opposite Quincy Wilson in 2018.


Desir had 6 starts for the Colts last season, and while there were questions about Melvin’s fit in this new defense, Desir is beyond eager to make the switch.


“I think I’m going to be able to use my size and my length to my ability,” Desir says of a defensive scheme that will use more zone looks from their corners. “It’s going to allow me to mess up the timing of the receivers, because the front seven – they are going to get some pressure. So that’s going to allow me to create opportunities to make some plays, so I think I fit well.”


In 2017, Desir entered the starting lineup after some inconsistent play and injuries from the Colts’ corners.


A pectoral injury in early December ended Desir’s 4th season in the NFL.


Injuries have limited Desir to just 33 career games, and his current rehab might keep him away from the field this offseason until Training Camp.


But when that health does return, Desir will be counted on heavily in 2018.


“Desir is a prime example of a player who has been cut 3 or 4 times,” GM Chris Ballard says. “Our pro scouts did an outstanding job of identifying him and then he took advantage of the opportunity that he was given.


“We think there’s more in there with Desir and be’s a good fit for what we are going to do going forward.”



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