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Good is coming; A Ball watchers Guide to Legadu Naanee

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. robdog

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    By Curtis Egan
    <em>BoltTalk Staff Writer</em>

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    <div class="alignright"><em><a href="http://prod.static.chargers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/imported/photos/images/gameday/2008/2008-12-22-game-photos-charg/45274--nfl_large_590_Unlimited.jpg"><img title="Legadu Naanee" src="http://prod.static.chargers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/imported/photos/images/gameday/2008/2008-12-22-game-photos-charg/45274--nfl_large_590_Unlimited.jpg" alt="Legadu Naanee" width="185" height="229" /></a></em></div>

    <span style="font-family: verdana; font-size: 13px;">"Legedu" means "good is coming" in Nigerian, and I tend to think that his name is a portent of what is coming for this young man this season. Naanee, the 5th round selection of the San Diego Chargers in 2007 spent most of his colligate and High School career playing Quarterback. That did not stop the Chargers from taking this talented young man as a wide receiver.

    Now a common euphemism is that nothing comes easy, and you have to work for everything you get. I believe this might just be the words that Naanee lives by. Recently at Chargers camp, I was walking around the locker room, speaking with players, went outside to observe the impromptu interview of Head Coach Norv Turner then went and did another round of the locker room and went back outside. That is when I spotted Naanee.

    He was not speaking to the press, signing autographs, soaking in an ice tub (brrrrr). Nope, he was out doing extra reps receiving the ball. I watched for a bit from a distance and he was working on catching the ball at odd angles. He was working on fundamentals and hand placement, at least that is how it looked from my vantage point.

    So I went and checked out someone interviewing Kassim Osgood, and returned in time to see Naanee approaching me. He had a big smile on his face and seemed to be enjoying every bit of his NFL life. The young man was gracious enough to give me a few moments of his time. I asked if he was ready to start the season. "<em>Yeah, you know it is getting close quick, so we are getting excited.</em>" Now this may seem like a typical answer but this young man genuinely seemed to be excited for the season to start, as I am sure many players are. It will be interesting to see if the same excitement is in place in late December after several months of physical pounding. But today is a beginning.</span>

    <span style="font-family: verdana; font-size: 13px;">I asked Naanee if we would see more of him on the field this season. "<em>Hopefully, I mean the way camp has been going and the preparation we are putting in it seems like I am going to be a bigger contributor so I am excited about that.</em>"

    The conversation turned to what Naanee had to learn since joining the Chargers in order to become a bigger contributor. Naanee replied "<em>I would say the longer I have been around and the more the Quarterback been able to feel me as far as what I am doing in my routes, and the better understanding of what I have of where to get on certain plays and just the whole concept of the plays.</em>"<span> </span>

    I know as a fan I have heard many times that football is a mental sport as well as a physical sport. I found myself reminded of that as Naanee told this to me. He was elaborating on the fact that he and the Quarterback had to be on the same page, to know what each other were going to do. This goes into a myriad of football situations. Cutting off a rout early due to a blitz, moving to elude coverage and give the Quarterback a target, making the sharp cuts at the right times. Naanee did not say much, but the meaning of what he did say spoke volumes to me.<span> </span>

    I asked Naanee if he would like to say anything to the fans at Bolttalk, and he replied with a big smile "<em>Yeah, it is going to be a great year for hopefully me and the Bolts and I appreciate it (the fan support).</em>"

    Now as a ball watcher there are a few things you should know. Norv Turner spoke of Naanee's versatility, saying, "<em>We're going to continue to move him. He's going to be a guy who's versatile enough to move around. That's going to help him be put in position to make some plays.</em>"</span>

    <span style="font-family: verdana; font-size: 13px;"><strong>The Bolts version of SLASH?</strong>
    Naanee is versatile, and works hard to perfect his game. The Chargers have in season past listed him as a Tight End as well as Wide Receiver. He has played Quarterback, can run the ball, and can Special Team it up if need be. Legadu has an average yardage per catch of 8.3 yards and half of his receptions to date have been for first downs. That is respectable, but can you imagine if they start moving him around and confusing the defense? We have hear that the team has toyed with the Wildcat, or Wild Toad offense this summer, but a different take might be to allow Naanee to participate. He can pass, and run. Who knows what the possibilities are.

    <strong>Work hard, Play hard</strong>
    Naanee impressed observers in this sprong's minicamps. He was reported to be catching everything that came his way. Catman from Chargersgab.com reported this "<em><span> </span>One player that turned some heads at the weekend minicamp for the Chargers was that of wide out Legedu Naanee. If you forgot about him, he was the clubs 5th round draft pick back in 2007, and last season in 16 games made just 8 grabs for 64 yards. He made just about every catch over the weekend, and you can bet he'll be in the mix when it comes to playing time for the 09 season. "He (doesn't) get a lot of opportunities," Philip Rivers said. "But when he (does), he always comes through." He's a guy that can make plays, and the club needs to find a way to get him the ball more often.</em>"

    That is certainly something that has not changed as the months grew hotter. Naanee grabbed a touchdown pass in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, and his growth as wide receiver seems to be taking leaps and bounds at this time. Scott Yoffe the assistant director of Public Relations for the San Diego Chargers spoke with Naanee recently about some of these very topics.<a style="color: #22229c;" href="http://www.chargers.com/media-vault/videos/legedu-naanee/96feeb41-3439-4883-92ee-5ecfaba81ee4" target="_blank">http://www.chargers.com/media-vault/...e-5ecfaba81ee4</a>

    Word out of camp is that Norv Turner wants to get some of his receivers such as Naanee and Floyd more involved in this games this season. I imagine that will be driven by what the opposition is doing, but I hope that Naanee does find his way onto the playing field more, I think this is a special young man and I hope for the best for him. Naanee's size, speed and athleticism make him a very valuable asset. The only issue seems to be finding him enough touches in an offense that features so many talented skill players.</span>

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