Quenton Nelson Focused On Specific Improvements In Second NFL Season
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INDIANAPOLIS – He was an All-Pro in his rookie season, but you wouldn’t know it listening to him.
Quenton Nelson can’t stop talking about the needed room for improvement in his game heading into Year Two.
“I think everyone can get better at their technique just every day with the consistency of it, like all the fine details of offensive line play,” Nelson said earlier this week following the first OTA session of the spring.
“For me, it would be getting my hands inside, keeping my elbows in (in) the run game and the pass game. Really trusting and believing in my technique.”
Nelson is also under the tutelage of a new offensive line coach in his second NFL season.
Chris Strausser came over from the Denver Broncos in the offseason, with the highly regarded Howard Mudd returning to Indy as well.
Even in the spring months, Nelson has felt the major emphasis for why the Colts wanted to make a change at their offensive line coaching position.
“They really harp on the fundamentals and do a great job teaching,” Nelson says of the new line leaders. “They are very detail oriented with what they’re teaching. I feel like I have already seen results in myself and my teammates too.
“So it has been awesome being coached by them and they’re doing a great job.”
Along with Nelson’s specific fundamental improvements he wants in 2018, maintaining his weight during the season is also a goal.
Nelson has already had an entertaining offseason, something that wasn’t really expected given his quiet nature in media sessions.
From a viral Cardi B rap impersonation video, which Nelson says took about 25 minutes to nail down the choreography and lyrics, the All-Pro has returned to work with his head coach wanting something from him and the offensive line group.
Frank Reich’s biggest offensive goal in 2019 is to get the rushing offense to become a top-5 output in 2019.
“That fires us all up,” Nelson, who was rocking a 'run the damn ball' hat at a Colts event on Wednesday, says.
“We put together some good games last year as an offensive line and the running backs, too, running hard and making people miss. We also had some games where we didn’t play as well as we wanted to. This year it’s all about being consistent with the run game, calling the plays and then us executing. I think bringing everyone back on the offensive line this year, having a year of experience together and a year of Coach Frank and Coach Sirianni’s offense, we are definitely going to be capable of doing that.”
And it will come with an All-Pro guard going back to the basics to make sure there is no drop-off in his already elite game.