When Anthony Spencer came out of Purdue in 2007, the Indianapolis Colts and then-Vice Chairman Bill Polian--the man who drafted Peyton Manning--took a vested interest in him. The Colts never got a chance to select Spencer of course, as Dallas grabbed him six spots before Indy at 26th, but Polian--now an NFL analyst with ESPN--remembers Spencer well and believes he’ll be just fine in the 4-3.
“In Monte Kiffin’s defense they’re going to play him in a seven technique, nine technique,” Polian said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s going to be outside, upfield. He’ll thrive in that. That’s what he did at Purdue. We were excited about him when he was coming out.”
Polian is one of a number of analysts who believe Spencer, who is coming off his first career Pro Bowl nod, will actually be helped by moving back to defensive end. As a linebacker in 2012, Spencer finished with 11 sacks and 106 tackles--and not many around the league seem to believe he’ll be any less effective with his hand on the ground.
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