Colts Q&A: DeDe Dorsey

One of the Colts' big moves right before teams assembled their practice squads earlier this season was when they grabbed running back DeDe Dorsey off the waiver wire and made him their No. 4 running back on the roster. ColtPower's Ed Thompson talked to him about joining the team in this exclusive interview...

Ed Thompson: First off, congratulations on coming on board with the Colts, I know a lot of fans are excited; but it has to be a huge change for you, what were your honest feelings when you got the news?

DeDe Dorsey: I'm excited because I found out that Cincinnati wanted me to stay on their practice squad and I was thinking to myself, "I'm only on the practice squad." But then Indianapolis picked me up and I'm very excited.

ET: According to your coaches, the Colts had shown some interest in you back in college; tell me a little bit about your interaction with them back then.

DD: They came to my school for a Pro Day and I worked out with them and they scouted me a couple times.

ET: What are some of the strengths you think you bring to an NFL club?

DD: One of the things I have is vision….vision and agility. I'm not a big guy so I use speed.

ET: I've also heard you're a pretty good pass receiver.

DD: Yeah, you've got to be able to come out of the backfield, you can't just run. It's no longer enough.

ET: Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones called you their "Preseason Pro Bowler"...

DD: Yeah, we were in the training room getting taped up and he was complimenting me on how well I was playing. He said "Preseason Pro Bowler, you'll be the first one going."

ET: You had an injury that kept you out of the Colts-Bengals preseason game and your first couple of weeks in Indianapolis...

DD: It was just a typical ankle sprain. And all you can do for a sprain is give it a chance to rest.

ET: What would you like to pass on to the fans in Indianapolis about yourselr? 

DD: I'm a goofy guy who likes to have fun and I'm just glad to be here.

ET: You're a goofy guy?

DD: (laughs) Yeah, I'm definitely a joker.

ET: Very light-hearted, huh?

DD: Yes, I mean having fun is the reason we're playing the game right?

ET: I heard from one of your coaches that you're a very humble person and you're the first person to make a joke about yourself. Is that right?

DD: Yeah, I mean you have to laugh at yourself.  It's all about fun and if you're not having fun, you shouldn't be playing anymore. I make fun of myself to show guys even I mess up.

ET: What do you think you're going to have to work the hardest on at the pro level?

DD: I think everything. I feel I can improve in all areas; get a little stronger, a little faster, pick up blitzes faster, just everything. There's always room for improvement.

ET: How are things going for you so far with the team?

DD: Things are going well. I think I'm going to like it here. 

ET: When you met Peyton Manning for the first time, what was that like for you?

DD: He's a cool guy. When I first met him I noticed he has a little twang in his accent and I gave him a hard time about that for a little bit.

ET: You gave him a hard time about the way he talks?

DD: Yeah...(laughs).

ET: I hope he laughed about it... (laughs)

DD: Yeah, he did. I hope he meant it when he laughed about it or I won't be getting any balls in the backfield... (laughs).

ET: How about the other running backs, Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai?

DD: They've been great. Everybody likes to show me the ropes and explains some of the protections to me. I think it's going to be a good fit.

ET: I've heard it's a complex offense which certainly will take some time, but do you think there are enough similarities to Cincinnati's that you'll pick it up more easily?

DD: Yeah, coming from Cincinnati you're looking at a similar offense over there. So it's helping me to pick up this offense fairly quickly and I hope to get in some games as soon as possible.

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