Sio Moore insists June and July down time away from the Indianapolis Colts complex is about continuing to work.
The inside linebacker is expected to compete for a starting job with Nate Irving when the Colts reconvene for training camp July 26 at Anderson University.
The Colts acquired Moore, a 2013 third-round pick, from Oakland for a sixth-round draft choice before the beginning of the 2015 season. He had lost his starting job with the Raiders and was deemed expendable after head coach Jack Del Rio was hired.
His first season with the Colts consisted of just 12 games as a reserve. The Colts have said both Moore and Irving were never fully healthy last season but proved during recent offseason training activities that they are fit and ready for 2016.
Moore, 26, had started 22 of 26 games in two seasons with Oakland. That’s the player the Colts are expecting to see this season. He concedes he hasn’t shown what he can do for his new team.
“It’s a great opportunity to work hard,” he said, an answer he repeats several times during the recent interview.
His competition, Irving, had become a full-time starter for eight games in Denver before suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2014. He signed with the Colts as a free agent a year ago, but was still recovering from knee surgery and played in just eight games with two starts.
Who has the edge is anyone’s guess. Moore doesn’t concern himself with the competition.
“I’m just working,” he said of vying for a starting job.
“Everybody is working hard right now,. That’s what this whole OTA and mini-camp is all about. As long as everybody continues to do that and build on it, we’ll be alright.”
But the key, he says, is how hard players work when they’re not at the complex.
“Everything takes care of itself when you work,” Moore said.
When teased about giving the same answer, he smiles and takes a bite of a doughnut. It’s his way of saying talk doesn’t win jobs or make a difference on the field. Performance from how hard he prepares is what matters.
“That’s why you work harder in the offseason,” he said. “When everybody is together here, everybody is working, right? It’s how hard you work when you’re not forced to work, how you work when you’re away from the people that you know are working, it forces you internally to have to push yourself to work.
“I have something to work for. I wouldn’t say prove. Everybody has something to prove to somebody. Everybody doesn’t have a reason to work hard. People don’t have the dedication to work hard. People don’t have the want to or will to work hard. I’ve got a little passion and fire to work hard.”
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