One of the perks to registering two sacks on Monday Night Football is seeing the cellular phone and social media blow up.
Indianapolis Colts rookie outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome appreciated the “love,” which continued into the bye week after he got to Giants quarterback Eli Manning twice in the 40-24 victory on Nov. 3 at East Rutherford, N.J.
“Yeah, I had a lot of notifications, Twitter notifications, Instagram, text messages,” Newsome said Monday. “A lot of love. A lot of love.”
The fifth-round selection out of Ball State also earned some distinction. He’s just the second NFL rookie to have a multi-sack game this season, the other New Orleans’ Kasim Ediballi.
Newsome also became the first Colts rookie with two sacks in a game since franchise sack leader Robert Mathis in 2003. Just six have accomplished the feat, including the team’s previous all-time sack leader, Dwight Freeney, in 2002.
Mathis, Freeney and Vernon Maxwell (1983) have the team record for most multi-sack games as rookies with three apiece.
Despite playing as a reserve in mostly pass-rush situations through nine games, Newsome has three sacks, tied with four others for second-most on the team. Bjoern Werner has four.
A third-quarter sack of Manning forced a fumble that safety Sergio Brown recovered and returned 26 yards to the Giants’ 4. Two plays later, Andrew Luck threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dwayne Allen for a 37-10 lead.
Newsome thought he had scooped and scored an NFL touchdown in the Colts’ 27-0 home shutout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 19, but replay ruled it an incomplete pass.
The confident pass rusher insists he’s just getting started. Although outside linebacker Erik Walden is prepared to return to the lineup Sunday night against New England after missing one game with a hip flexor, perhaps Colts coaches will look to get Newsome more snaps in pass-rush situations.
He’s definitely eager for more opportunities.
“I’ve been trying to prove myself all my life,” he said. “Everybody is going to have to wake up sooner or later. And I say that in my most humble voice. I mean I’m not being cocky. I just play with a lot of confidence and I know what my abilities are. When I get an opportunity to go out there and showcase ‘em, that’s what I’m going to do.”
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