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Inside Slant - 05/19/07

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, May 19, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm" target="_blank">USA Today</a>
    <p class="inside-copy"><img src="http://i2.chargers.com/assets/177/32921_699w393h.jpg" title="Rookie LB Anthony Waters at Chargers mini camp" alt="Rookie LB Anthony Waters at Chargers mini camp" align="left" height="223" width="170" /> Linebacker Anthony Waters is a rookie with something to prove.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> He has two things to prove, to be specific. He must prove that he is healthy and that he can contribute right away.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Waters, the Chargers' third-round pick out of Clemson, is eager to show he's fit. His senior season was derailed when he tore his left knee's anterior cruciate ligament in the opening game.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> He claims to be at about 95 percent, although he didn't take part in all the team drills at the recent minicamp.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "My knee is fine, but there was still some work they didn't want me to do," Waters said. "That's fine, I'll be ready by the time (training camp) starts."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> That's all right with the Chargers. They are in no hurry to rush Waters. They just feel fortunate to have him.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "When we made the selection, a yell came from our defensive staff room," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "They looked at last year's tape of him and they're excited. He's a downhill player, outstanding tackler and physical player. He's really a good athlete. He can run and cover."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> The Chargers are thin at inside linebacker, what with starters Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey being allowed to leave as free agents. The plan is for them to be replaced by second-stringers Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> That said, the scenario also offers a golden chance for second-year pro Tim Dobbins and rookies like Waters and Brandon Siler (seventh-round pick).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "I don't want to sound like I'm bragging about myself," said Waters, who had a team-high 109 tackles his junior year. "But I just know how I am, and how I like to work hard, win and play hard."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Chargers backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst seconds that notion. He was a teammate of Waters for three years at Clemson.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "He is a heck of a football player and a man in the middle," Whitehurst said. "He has a physical presence and I think he will add something. He plays with a ton of emotion and intensity - guys like to play with him."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Waters is just eager to see the field again.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "It's hard because it is so easy to get frustrated from playing all your life and being competitive - you really want to be out there," Waters said.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "But you have to see the whole picture. You can get out there and not be 100 percent and get hurt again and just set yourself back even more."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-National City has pulled its support of building a new stadium for the Chargers. That leaves two sites in Chula Vista and one in Oceanside, two other cities in San Diego County. The Chargers are hopeful of having a ballot initiative for November, 2008, ready for either site in trying to replace Qualcomm Stadium.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-New defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell likes what he sees so far. "They are really driven to achieve something," Cottrell said. "They have a lot of self-motivation out there on the practice field."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Darren Sproles is back returning kicks and punts, after missing last season with a broken leg. Although Sproles will have plenty of competition for the roles from Michael Turner, Eric Parker, Antonio Cromartie and possibly rookie Craig Davis. "He's going to have a heck of an opportunity and we do have some other guys that can return," coach Norv Turner said about Sproles. "So it's going to be a great competition."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Eric Parker has a toe injury that will limit him for another week or so. Norv Turner said he didn't think it was serious.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "I'm excited about our whole schedule. It starts off with Chicago and New England. We've got Indy and Baltimore later. You know that second game in Foxboro, it's gonna get crazy." - Pro Bowl FB Lorenzo Neal on the Chargers' challenging 2007 schedule.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Randall Godfrey could return, if he doesn't retire.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-S Terrence Kiel became a free agent when team declined to buy back voidable '07 and '08 contract years.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DT Ryon Bingham: ERFA; teams unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Greg Camarillo: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OG Kris Dielman: UFA; $39M/6 yrs, $18M guaranteed.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Malcom Floyd: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Marques Harris: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Cory Lekkerkerker: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Shaun Phillips: Potential RFA; 6 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Carlos Polk: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DE Derreck Robinson: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB Michael Turner: RFA; $2.35M/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-C Cory Withrow: UFA: 3 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS LOST</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Donnie Edwards: UFA Chiefs; $13.5M/3 yrs, $7.5M SB.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Steve Foley (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Az-Zahir Hakim: UFA Dolphins; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Darrell Jackson (traded 49ers).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Leander Jordan: UFA Falcons; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Ryan Krause: Not tendered as RFA/Browns; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Keenan McCardell (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Aaron Shea (released).</p>
     

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