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Bjoern Werner | Linebacker

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 257
College: Florida State
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GM Ryan Grigson said knee and shoulder injuries slowed OLB Bjoern Werner down late in the year.
This smells of Grigson trying to cover up another one of his mistakes. Werner, the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was a scratch in the AFC Championship Game after compiling just 18 quarterback hurries on 825 snaps in 2014. ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells expects Werner to merely back up Erik Walden in 2015. Feb 9 - 11:13 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Speaking Monday, coach Chuck Pagano said OLB Bjoern Werner was inactive for the AFC Championship Game because the Colts needed an extra cornerback.

The 2013 first-round pick was benched during last week's game against the Broncos. Werner flashed his pass-rushing ability by recording four sacks within the first seven weeks of 2014, but only notched one more over the final nine games. Werner has been an abject bust to this point in his career.
Jan 19 - 5:47 PM

Colts OLB Bjoern Werner is a healthy scratch for the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

The Colts' 2013 first-rounder, Werner had struggled mightily through the first two rounds of the playoffs, earning an abysmal -5.9 grade from Pro Football Focus despite playing just 63 snaps. Also inactive for the Colts is their de facto 2014 first-rounder Trent Richardson. Joining T-Rich and Werner on the sidelines are WR Griff Whalen, CB Sheldon Price, OT Xavier Nixon, C Jonotthan Harrison and DL Zach Kerr.
Jan 18 - 5:17 PM

Bjoern Werner is expected to start at outside linebacker while Robert Mathis serves a four-game suspension.

Werner, the No. 24 overall pick last year, wasn't physically strong enough as a rookie and had just 2.5 sacks as a rotational player. He'll have a chance for a much bigger impact in Year 2, especially in the first four games. It's a situation for IDP owners to monitor as the weak-side "rush" linebacker in the Colts' 3-4 is a sack-happy position. Mathis racked up 19.5 of them last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, May 19, 2014 08:47:00 AM

The Colts want OLB Bjoern Werner to get stronger.

Werner, the No. 24 overall pick in last April's draft, appeared in 15 games as a rookie, making one start. He played just 352 defensive snaps and recorded 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks. GM Ryan Grigson stressed that Werner needs to get in the weight room. With Erik Walden and Robert Mathis under contract for 2014, Werner will likely be a rotational player again in his second season.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Bjoern Werner will start in place of Erik Walden in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Werner will step in as the every-down strong-side linebacker. It's a big chance for the No. 24 overall pick who has battled a torn plantar fascia and ineffective play in limited snaps this season.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Colts OLB Bjoern Werner is out 4-6 weeks with a torn plantar fascia.

Indy may be regretting its preseason trade of Caesar Rayford right about now. The 24th pick in April's draft, Werner managed a half-sack and five tackles in Indy's first four games. He suffered the injury in Sunday's Week 4 win over the Jaguars. Erik Walden and Robert Mathis will play more in the meantime, with Cam Johnson filling the nickel 'backer role. Although Werner wasn't making a huge early-season difference, losing him is a blow to Indy's pass-rush depth.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 04:04:00 PM

The Colts are calling OLB Bjoern Werner's Week 4 right foot injury a sprain.

He'll have an MRI on Monday, which indicates the Colts still aren't sure the injury's exact extent. A Lisfranc sprain could shelve the first-round pick for half of the season. A Lisfranc fracture would end Werner's first year.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Colts OLB Bjoern Werner suffered a first-quarter right foot injury in Week 4 against the Jaguars and is doubtful to return.

The quick "doubtful" tag suggests the Colts' medical staff fears Werner has a serious injury. Erik Walden and Robert Mathis are the starting outside 'backers. A rookie, Werner was the 24th overall pick in April's draft.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 01:40:00 PM

Sports Illustrated's Greg Bedard doesn't think the Colts "are going to get the impact they hoped for from first-round pick Bjoern Werner this season."

Per Bedard, Werner has looked "extremely ordinary," has "average burst at the snap" and "hasn't shown many pass-rush moves" in the preseason. Although Werner had 13 sacks for Florida State last season en route to ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, his game tape showed the lack of edge explosion Bedard is referring to. Werner will start the season as a backup as he adjusts to the outside linebacker spot.
Source: SI.com
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 09:33:00 AM

Colts first-round pick Bjoern Werner is expected to open the season behind Robert Mathis at "rush" outside linebacker.

Erik Walden is the starter on the other side for his run defense. In nickel packages, Werner figures to take over at rush 'backer with Walden leaving the field and Mathis replacing him on the strong side. Werner may not be a "starter," but should wind up playing more than 50 percent of Indy's defensive snaps.
Source: colts.com
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 12:56:00 PM

Colts first-round OLB Bjoern Werner has spent most of camp as a backup.

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Werner is behind starting rush linebacker Robert Mathis "right now." Werner is also getting second-team reps behind Erik Walden on the strong side. Expect the No. 24 overall pick to settle into some kind of rotation with Walden, pinning his ears back on passing downs.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Colts agreed to terms with No. 24 overall pick OLB Bjoern Werner on a four-year, $7.89 million contract.

There are now 13 first-round picks unsigned. Werner was the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, racking up 18 tackles for loss and 13 sacks as a defensive end for Florida State. The Colts used him as a stand-up linebacker during minicamp and plan to line him up as an edge rusher opposite Robert Mathis. Free agent pickup Erik Walden will likely be a rotational rusher.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano says first-rounder Bjoern Werner has looked like a "natural" outside linebacker this offseason.

Werner was a defensive end for Florida State. "He doesn’t make many mental (mistakes), so we’re going to keep throwing stuff at him and use him in a bunch of different roles," Pagano said. "He can be effective not only in the run game, but when we get to third down, he’s going to be a hard guy to block." Werner should still see snaps with his hand in the dirt, but it's clear the Colts aren't going to be shy about rushing him off the edge. We're not so sure it's a role he will thrive in.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Colts first-round pick Bjoern Werner worked primarily as a stand-up outside linebacker in rookie minicamp practice.

Werner had his hand on the ground at various points during practice, but he's expected to make a strong push for a starting role at outside linebacker as the long-term replacement for Dwight Freeney. "He’s really an athletic football player. He can bend. He’s got first-step explosion," said head coach Chuck Pagano. Werner's IDP value is limited with a linebacker designation.
Sat, May 11, 2013 11:47:00 AM

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