“Back-Up of the Game” is safety Delano Howell
This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Delano Howell.
After being inactive for the first two games of the season, Howell has started in place for LaRon Landry the last three weeks.
His impact on Sunday came via a Lawrence Guy blocked field goal in which Howell caught the ball out of the air and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown to give the Colts their first lead at 14-12.
“It definitely gave us some momentum,” Howell said of the touchdown return. “We never stopped believing. We understood that we were going to have to play for 60 minutes. It was definitely a big play and it was a team effort. With the block and me just catching it, everybody did their part. So it was definitely good for us.”
The blocked field goal returned for a touchdown was the fourth in franchise history and the first since Dec. 5, 2004 when Rob Morris returned a block 68 yards for a score.
Along with the blocked kick, Howell added three tackles and had blanket coverage on a Russell Wilson pass attempt during Seattle’s final drive of the game.
“The great thing I think about our team is that we have great coaches, great leadership and they always put together a great plan,” Howell said after the 34-28 victory.
“Ultimately, what we do throughout the week is just preparing. Execute on Sunday. So every team is going to present a different challenge. We are just going to prepare and make sure we take care of business on Sundays.”