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August 7, 2013

Redding at home with Colts

Defensive end a natural leader

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In little more than one full season with the Indianapolis Colts, defensive end Cory Redding has quickly earned the respect of the team's coaching staff and, more importantly, just about every player on the defensive side of the football.
When Redding came to the Colts as a veteran free agent after successful stints with the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and, more recently, the Baltimore Ravens, it didn't take him very long to become one of more influential voices in the Indianapolis locker room.
Yes, the Colts already had an impressive list of veteran leaders on defense when he arrived. Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Antoine Bethea and Jerraud Powers topped the list.
But Redding — standing in at 6-foot-4 and 315-pounds — proved to be a difference maker. And that was even before he actually stepped foot on the practice field for Indianapolis.
A third-round draft pick by Detroit in 2003, the Houston, Texas native decided to join the Colts due to his close relationship with Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano, which started when both were with the Ravens. It's been a great collaboration so far.
 Redding registered 36 tackles last season along with a pair of sacks and four passes broken up. He was an emotional leader in the locker room and sidelines while Pagano was recovering from leukemia.
He also proved to be an invaluable on-field presence prior to last year as helped Pagano and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in explaining the nuances of the Colts' new 3-4 hybrid defensive package to the rest of the team.
Now, with Freeney and Powers moving on to other teams during the offseason, the Colts' defensive locker room leaders are Mathis, Bethea and Redding.
One thing is certain, though. As important as the former Texas All-American has become to Indianapolis' fortunes, and it's considerable, he knows enough to give Mathis his due.

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