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Football: Catching up with Eric Weddle

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.dailyutahchronicle.com/h...Story_id=3f026c54-e7d3-44c1-ac83-0ea1831cea8e

    Football: Catching up with Eric Weddle
    By: Cody Brunner
    Posted: 2/13/08

    A year-and-a-half ago, he was picking off passes from the likes of San Diego State and Wyoming. Now, former Ute Eric Weddle is going up against future Hall of Famers such as Tom Brady and Brett Favre on a weekly basis.

    The big names and level of competition hasn't fazed the playmaker, though.

    "Every week there are new challenges and new people that you get to go against that you've been watching on TV the last few years," Weddle said. "I think I've trained myself not to look into that stuff too much, because I think if I did, it would hinder my play and I would probably mess up."

    In just his rookie season, Weddle proved to be a viable asset to the San Diego Chargers, recording 54 tackles, one sack and two interceptions despite receiving limited playing time.

    One of his interceptions came at the crucial point in the AFC divisional playoffs. With the Colts threatening to score late in the third quarter, Weddle came up with a fluke, one-handed grab despite being fully occupied by an Indianapolis lineman. The pick got the ball back into Charger hands and they eventually went on to beat the Colts by four points.

    "They ran a similar play earlier in the game against us, and (Indianapolis quarterback Peyton) Manning was talking to his running back, so I knew it was coming," Weddle said. "I saw the ball thrown and kind of nudged off the blocker a little bit and got one arm free and was able to make a play."

    The Chargers ended up losing in the AFC championship to the undefeated New England Patriots, but considering that the team started the season 1-3, it wasn't too dismal of a conclusion.

    San Diego is often described as the most athletic top-to-bottom team in the NFL, and with good reason.

    Cornerback Antonio Cromartie led the NFL in interceptions. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson had the most rushing yards. Linebacker Shawne Merriman is one of the most feared players in the NFL and finished last season with 12.5 sacks. Weddle says that he is often left awestruck by the athletic prowess he sees on a daily basis.

    "They do some crazy things in practice, pulling in one-handed catches like it's nothing," Weddle said. "To be around them and to learn from them is an amazing experience, and now I can grow and hopefully be a starter next year in that group."

    Weddle was second on the team's depth chart at strong safety to Clinton Hart last season but played in many of the Charger's nickel and dime packages. He is expected to compete for the starting position next season.

    Weddle recently got the opportunity to revisit his glory days at the U when Utah took on Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. The former All-American hung out with the team throughout the week and was on the sidelines when the Utes racked up their seventh consecutive bowl win.

    "That was the highlight of my year right there, just being around those guys for the bowl game," Weddle said. "It was a lot of fun just being there for them. It's a special time for those seniors."

    Speaking of those seniors, Weddle has been keeping in close contact with many of them. Having already been through the stressful combines and workouts that follow the senior year of college for some football players, Weddle has been trying to ease the process for the NFL hopefuls at the U.

    "There are so many things that are running through your head, like where you're going to live or who you're going to play for," Weddle said. "I just tell them to be patient and do as much as they can now to ready themselves. Those guys have the ability. (Steve) Tate, Martail (Burnett), Gabe Long, I think most of those guys have the talent to get picked up by a team and make an impact."

    Weddle is a good example for Utes trying to make it in the pros, having already made an impact for the Chargers. But don't think for a second that the former Ute is just content with what he's accomplished so far.

    "Expect more plays to be made next year," Weddle said. "Hopefully, I'll be out there more often. I'll be a year wiser and a year more comfortable in the league. I expect a lot out of myself and I expect big things in the '08-'09 season."
     
  2. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Smarts be underrated. :yes:
     
  3. boltmanbz

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    eric weddle is going to be so good, anyone that questioned AJ in trading up to get him can smoke pole
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

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

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    I'd like to see what he can do as a full time FS
     
  5. TheLash

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    More Weddle Please!:tup:
     
  6. !~BOLT~!

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    With our d backfield blessed by the likes of this young man, our future is blindingly bright.
     
  7. foober

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    there is definetly something about that weddle kid. Gonna be a good one.
     
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    We'll find out this fall.:tup:
     
  9. Holy_Bolt

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    Weddle is one of our future stars. I love watching him play. I'm not sure if he will be a franchise type player, but I know he will be a fan favorite during his career. Hard working, and produces every week.
     
  10. Burley

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    nice article..thanks.
    i think wit weddles burst speed and his football intelligence he's gonna be the future at safety. he also has experience at returns and on offense in college. this guy is gonna be special....
     
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    I have no doubt that the fans will like Eric Weddle and buy his jersey.

    :tup:
     
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    He also made another incredible play in that Colts game. The Colts were trying to run a sweep to the outside and Eric recognized it right away and came up and blasted the o-lineman down low and took the dude down to the ground. **** was both hilarious and awesome when I watched it on replay and the Colts didn't gain any yards on that play as the RB had to run around Weddle's mess that he was causing and the RB just ran out of bounds. I've watched that play several times. :yes: :lol: :bolt:
     
  13. Kwak

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    Dude is a play maker. He was always around the ball when he played for Utah and he has those football instincts you can not teach.

    The future's so bright, better wear your shades.

    All those draftniks that said AJ paid to much to move up look like morons. If you do the math on the draft chart that every GM uses to value picks, he didn't overpay that much on the points total.
     
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    Weddle is a football player who will most likely start this year. Jammer, Cro, Hart, Weddle and Oliver at nickel will give us a really good secondary that could become a great one as the season proceeds. I suspect this season will see us as a top 3-5 defense. AJ will probably have to get into a FA or two for depth, unless someone unlikely falls into our laps on the second day, but our starters are going to be awfully good.
     
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  15. Trumpet_Man

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    I have been saying this from day one.

    Put Clinton Hart at Free Saftey. The dude is a natural FS but these goddamn politics between the coaches and front office by playing the player who makes the jack versus the ballers has to stop. It is BULLSHIT.

    I have seen enough safety play to know this dude, given the chance is the real deal.....and yes every safety will get burned....he is not Jesus "tap dancing" Christ.

    PS.....screw you leisure...

    That is all
     
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  16. Kwak

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    I think that **** stopped when Marty got the boot. McCree's days are numbered.

    Marty was the ultimate vet guy to the detriment of the young studs who just needed a chance to shine.
     

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