The Colts coach, in particular, liked the defensive players the team was able to acquire.
“I like it a lot. I think we’ve added pieces to the front seven and a couple pieces to the back end that will definitely bring in some great players, add to the great players that we already have and create a ton of competition. I feel really good about that," he voiced.
Jean-Francois and Landry, in particular, got Pagano's attention early on.
“When you watch the tape, the No. 1 thing that sticks out is how [Jean-Francois] plays the game. He plays at a high level. He plays square. He’s been in a similar [defensive] front. He understands the technique. He’s great with his hands. He knocks them back. He plays square, like I said. And he played all over that defensive front. He’s a very, very bright kid. From a terminology standpoint he’s got history with [coordinator] Greg [Manusky] in San Francisco, so that was paramount," the Colts coach said.
"That helped in the decision-making process on both ends. So when he comes in here, from a terminology standpoint, scheme standpoint, he understands across the board all three positions across the defensive line. When you talk about versatility he’s played over the center, he’s played the nose, he’s played the three, he’s played a four, he’s played a five technique. He’s done it all and he’s been productive and has played all those positions well.”
As far as the hard-hitting Landry, Pagano figures that he will add a lot to the Indianapolis secondary.
“When our opponents put on the film just like we did this year, he’s a game wrecker. He’s a game changer. When you walk in, people are now going to have to look at it and they are going to have to look at the defensive personnel and one of the first guys they are going to talk about is LaRon Landry," he previewed.
"They are going to say, ‘We’ve got to account for this guy. We’ve got to make sure we block this guy. They are going to try and do whatever they can to account for him.’ He’s a game-wrecker. He’s a difference maker.”