Le'Raven Clark has the role of quiet, unassuming NFL rookie down pat.
The Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle, drafted in the third round out of Texas Tech, just goes about his business of learning the playbook and adjusting to the pro game.
Clark, 23, has been getting snaps at backup right tackle during offseason training activities. At 6-5 and 312, the question becomes whether he will push Joe Reitz for the starting job when training camp opens in July.
But for now, Clark doesn’t say too much.
“I’m just here to work really,” he said. “Just come in and try to earn my spot on the team and definitely contribute.”
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has made a blanket statement that he likes all of four offensive linemen added in the draft. Granted, it’s early yet. Players are just working out in shirts and shorts. The process of gauging a player’s potential intensifies when the pads are strapped on at Anderson University in two months.
Clark says his mother gets credit for the unusual first name. Two of his sisters are named La’Taira and La’Keisha.
“Yeah, she’s got a little trend going,” he said of his mother, Angelena Alcorn.
He was born in Bryan, Texas, and went to high school in the Lone Star State at Rockdale.
“It’s definitely settling in here,” Clark said. “It’s definitely been a great experience so far, for sure. So I can’t complain about it. I’m definitely just getting adjusted. We’re just here working. I haven’t had too much time to get into it too much. Just taking it a day at a time.”
It’s common for a rookie’s head to swim at first. The playbook is a challenge as well as getting acclimated to the greater speed of the pro game.
“Stuff definitely changes every day,” he said. “I’m just trying to take it all in as it comes.”
His answers are usually delivered with a nervous chuckle.
He admits he’s a quiet guy, “for the most part.”
He laughs a little louder when asked how he handles media interviews.
“I talk a little bit, but not too much,” Clark said.
Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis, an understated team leader, once said, “The more you talk, the more you show your ignorance.” Clark concurs.
“Yep, exactly,” Clark said.
So don’t expect too much chatter. He’s just learning and adjusting. Stay tuned.
“That’s what I’m here for,” he said.
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