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2012 NFL Rookie Predictions: 10 Rookies Fans Should Be Patient with

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ThunderHorse17, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    http://nimcr.com/2012/06/01/2012-nf...ctions-10-rookies-fans-should-be-patient-with

    Good read. Not surprised to see our guy nearly topped the list.

    2. Melvin Ingram
    Kent Horner/Getty ImagesMelvin Ingram is being asked to make the difficult transition from collegiate defensive end to NFL outside linebacker.He has the skills and versatility to pull it off, but that is not a change that happens easily.We must also consider the fact that Ingram is joining a San Diego Chargers depth chart with two quality pieces in front of him at OLB.Shaun Phillips is one of the best sack machines in the NFL and won’t be giving up his spot to a rookie.Jarrett Johnson is currently in the midst of a four-year contract worth almost $20 million. Not the kind of money usually reserved for a backup.The bright spot for Ingram is that Phillips is in the last year of his current deal and is already 31.Ingram can get spot minutes this season and be ready to assume a starting role next year if he shows the Chargers he is a viable option.
     
  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Part of this will be based on how the team uses him. Let's remember that Phillips and Merriman were primarily pass rush specialists at the start of their careers. Both played mostly on third down and on obvious passing situations. That'll be likely when they use Ingram though because of his success as a 1 technique and playing inside in pass rush situations, it gives the team a lot of flexibility where to deploy him alongside Barnes, Johnson (Maybe) and Reyes. If the team tries to stick him out from the get go at OLB, it could be painful. But then again that's why someone like Jarrett Johnson was signed, to let players like Ingram learn as well as get Barnes off the field on rushing downs.

    I don't know if he'll have the success of Merriman in his first year, but used primarily as a pass rusher I don't think its unreasonable for Ingram to have 5-6 sacks.
     
  3. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    5-6 sacks???.......... shoot, Baby Zilla had 4 last year. ;)
     
  4. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    People should get a jump on things and start calling him a bust already.
     
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  5. Duffman57

    Duffman57 BoltTalker

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    lol, that first point is just a BAD one. He didn't necessarily play DE with SC...he was a DE in name only. He moved EVERYWHERE. He played DE, 5T, NT, UT, ILB, OLB, almost every position you can play on the front 7. Thats not the transition that will be hard for him... The thing he will struggle with, is actually rushing the passer. Off the edge, he's just not explosive enough or doesn't have any good way to get to the QB early. He'll get his sacks on stunts, sugar blitzes (lining up at ILB on the line, rushing the A gap), and things like that, i dont see him getting more than 1 or 2 sacks coming from off the edge, even vs. NFL RT's.
     
  6. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Sorry, but Larry has that sewn up for now......... Melvin will have to get in line like everyone else. ;)
     

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