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Ingram continuing to impress the Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    Chargers still thankful Ingram is theirs
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    Michael Gehlken

    Ecstatic. Shocked. Couldn't be happier.

    The excitement poured from the Chargers brass in April after drafting outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, whom few expected to be available at the 18th pick.

    Well, it's been some time now.

    They've seen Ingram on the practice field. They've had him in the locker room.
    They've instructed him in the classroom.

    The Chargers, still, couldn't be happier.

    Since arriving at rookie minicamp last month, the first-round pick has steadily impressed, fitting right into an outside-linebacker rotation they hope will be their deepest in years.

    Coach Norv Turner says they've added “speed, athleticism, and strength” at linebacker.

    Ingram is an example of all three — and more.

    “Melvin's got great instincts,” Turner said. “He's a fast learner. He's got outstanding work ethic. He is going to learn from these (veterans), being around them every day, on how to go about your business and also the little subtleties of the position.

    “He's a very versatile player. We're going to give him all he can handle.”
    Ingram started at inside linebacker, defensive tackle, and defensive end during his college career at South Carolina.

    The Chargers also plan to move him around.

    For now, the focus is working the 23-year-old at his primary position, strong-side outside linebacker, where he's rotating in and out with Jarret Johnson.

    Learning from such veterans, Ingram says, has made his NFL transition easier.

    “It's going real well,” Ingram said Tuesday at minicamp, which will continue Wednesday before its Thursday conclusion. “It's everything that I expected. Nothing has surprised. I feel like I'm adjusting real well, and my teammates are helping me adjust real well. It's just an ongoing process.”

    There aren't shoulder pads or tackling during on-field workouts.

    There are early impressions.

    Among the outside linebackers, Antwan Barnes says he's noticed Ingram doesn't make the same mistake twice. For Shaun Phillips, the rookie's receptiveness to advice has stood out, he said.

    Johnson spent his first nine seasons in Baltimore. He called Ingram a "beast," someone who helps make the Chargers' outside linebackers “probably the most deep group I've ever been on."

    "Between me and SP being the older vets," Johnson said, "you've got Barnes coming off 11 sacks last year. You've got the rook (Ingram). You've got Larry English coming back healthy. That's a hell of a group. The competition is going to make us all better. We're going to be as deep as anybody in the league at that position. We're going to have rushers from everywhere."

    No one is anointing Ingram two months after the draft.

    Time will tell the type of NFL career he has.

    But so far, without a drop of buyer's remorse, the Chargers like what they see.

    "Melvin is an aware football player," linebackers coach Joe Barry said. "When you have awareness and you have instincts and you have feel, he might do something completely wrong, but he's aware enough to fall into things.

    "He's a rookie. He's got a million miles to travel ... But (expletive), he's making progress, and that's all I can ask for. I'm really excited for him. I think he's going to be a hell of a player."
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Giggity :)

    We're gonna turn Peyton into a bobble-head. :p
     
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  3. Moses

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    I'm excited to see what finally looks like a formidable pass rush. It should benefit the entire team if these guys live up to what we think they can do.

    More turnovers and more 3rd down stops please :)
     
  4. robdog

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    Yes, get off the damn field on 3rd down please.
     
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  5. Blue Bolt

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    I thought his neck was fused? ;)
     
  6. Nomad

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    Can't we unfuse it? :rolleyes:
     
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  7. Blue Bolt

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    Nope....... that's now stronger than steel. ;)
     
  8. boltfanatik

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    I'll save my Ingram comments till week 4-6 if ya all don't mind, learned to skip the hype after all these years, I feel more at peace now.
     
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  9. Blue Bolt

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    English is going to be a MONSTER this year!!! ;)
     
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    Like Godzilla? :cautious:
     
  11. Blue Bolt

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    No....... more like Mothra. ;)
     
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    I'm sure they all look good right now.
     
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    Nice. Float like a moth sting like a ...
     
  16. Blue Bolt

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    English flies by the QB without laying a "hand" on him, but there's a small chance that the wind he creates might blow the guy over. :D
     
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  18. Buck Melanoma

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    Going back to the title of the article .....

    Since we haven't even hit training camp, it certainly is comforting to know that the team is thankful to have their 1st round pick. :rolleyes:

    I suppose this is the result of lowered expectations.
     
  19. Enormo

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    Is it Halloween already?
     
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    ... breeze? ;)
     
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