Former Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner is putting points on the board for his new team. During the second quarter of the Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Buckner was able to sack Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins for a safety.
WELCOME TO INDY, DEFOREST BUCKNER!
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 20, 2020
Buckner is coming off his 3rd Second-Team All Pro selection in 2019 and marked his first inclusion to the NFL Top 100 after receiving a massive contract this offseason moving teams.
In March, San Francisco completed a massive blockbuster trade with Indianapolis to send Bucker, who was on his fifth-year extension of his rookie contract, to the Colts for a first-round draft pick. Buckner then signed an extension with the Colts worth $84 million over the next four seasons following the final year of his rookie contract.
“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,” Buckner told the media in August, showing he still has a lot to prove.
With his new team in Indianapolis, Buckner has set his sights on one record in particular, the NFL sack record set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
“I mean, if you play D-line and that’s not your goal, I don’t know you’re playing D-line,” Buckner said to the media.
In his fourth season in the NFL, DeForest Buckner led the 49ers defensive line in total tackles in the regular season with 61 tackles this season, 33 of those solo tackles, with 9 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. Buckner was named the 2019 Bill Wash Award winner by the San Francisco coaches, essentially the team’s Most Valuable Player for his performance this past year.
Buckner was a big part of San Francisco’s run to the Super Bowl and had a strong performance in that game with six tackles including 3 solo tackles and 1.5 sacks but his team wasn’t able to get past the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Being short last year obviously left a bad taste in my mouth,” Buckner said. “Obviously not a lot of guys are able to make it to that game in their career, but also when you get there, you’ve gotta make it count. And I wasn’t able to make it count last year. So I feel like we have the team that can do it, and we’ve just gotta get it done.”