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Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, May 25, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    It has been a quick adjustment for Vaughn Martin, whose baptism into the NFL is underway this week in San Diego. Just weeks after being taken in the fourth round by the Chargers, the steep learning curve is well underway.

    "There's no comparison...at all. Some might say it's a little bit of a jump to what you have to learn here, but no. There's no comparison whatsoever," explains Martin. "It's a huge learning curve, and it's a big one, and it's not easy."

    "He's got some things he needs to work on, but when you see the explosiveness, when you see the athleticism, and most of all when you see the strength that he has, as big as he is, he has an unlimited potential," said Chargers teammate Luis Castillo.

    While all rookies have a big adjustment in the NFL, coming from a Canadian school makes the leap that much bigger. Although Chargers defensive co-ordinator Ron Rivera knows it can be done. He coached with the Chicago Bears when defensive lineman Israel Idonije arrived as a raw rookie from the University of Manitoba.

    "Both of them were tremendous athletes, and very bright, intelligent young men," said Rivera. "So I think the transition for Vaughn, or at least I'm hoping, will be a lot like it was for Israel. That is, it should be a smooth transition and a learning period, a curve of maybe a season or two, but eventually it will click."

    "He doesn't have a lot of bad habits that you have to fix. We're teaching him the techniques involved in playing at our level, and he's been very, very receptive to doing things our way," said Chargers head coach Norv Turner.

    The Chargers coaches have been as impressed by Martin's ability to learn as they have by his awesome physical potential. And that will come in handy as he continues digesting a playbook that dwarfs the one he was using at Western.

    "They just throw a lot of stuff at you, it's just a matter of learning it and putting it on the field," said Martin. "So if you can imagine going onto the field, and not only is the competition that you're used to bigger, stronger, and faster, a lot of the guys already know (their plays).

    Vaughn Martin may have a lot to learn, but that doesn't mean he isn't part of the Chargers plans for this season. He's been practicing this week at right defensive end, but could conceivably back-up at end or tackle come this September. Just how much opportunity he gets in his rookie NFL season will be up to him.

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