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DeForest Buckner reveals record-breaking goals for upcoming season

DeForest Buckner, Colts

Coming off from a fresh loss in the Super Bowl LIV, defensive lineman DeForest Buckner went on to take his talents from San Francisco to Indianapolis. He hopes to bring his veteran presence to a revamped Colts team that is looking to make it back to relevance.

The former Oregon Duck shared his sentiments with the team website’s Andrew Walker:

“I kinda have my yearly goals. As a D-lineman, you’re always striving for the sack record,” the Colts star told reporters on Friday. “If you play D-line and that’s not your goal, I don’t know why you play D-line.”

“Every year, I’m coming out and playing with a chip on my shoulder. Even if the recognition doesn’t come, I let my play speak for itself,” he said.  “I mean, I put up the numbers over the past couple of years.

“I do believe I’m slept on. It’s all good. It just fuels a fire for me. It keeps me on my toes, it keeps me motivated to really get my name out there and prove myself in this league. And honestly it’s only benefitted me.”

Across a four-year run with the Niners, Buckner started and played in 63 of a possible 64 games following his seventh-overall selection in 2016. His career-high 12 sacks in 2018 led to his only Pro Bowl selection. The colts traded their 2020 first-round pick for Buckner and signed him to a big five-year extension.

Joining him on his new journey in Indianapolis is long-time Los Angeles Chargers playmaker Philip Rivers. The team also signed several other pieces in cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie, defensive tackle Sheldon Day, tight end Trey Burton, and fullback Roosevelt Nix.

The team’s subpar 7-9 record in its 2019 campaign was already a thing of the past. With a fresh outlook, the Colts are hoping to make it big heading into the upcoming season.