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Lt Wants To Catch More Passes

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Chargers | Tomlinson would like more receptions
    Sun, 2 Jul 2006 10:53:55 -0700

    Charean Williams, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson would like to be more involved in the team's passing game than he was during the 2005 season. Tomlinson said, "We run the ball quite a bit. That's one thing we do. Touching the football is not a concern, but I would like to touch it a little more in the passing game. That would be great to do. We'll see how that goes." Tomlinson had a career-low 51 receptions for 370 yards during the 2005 season.
     
  2. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    I absolutely dig LT on the skinny post out of the slot. This play is almost impossible to cover with LT running a crisp route. :tup:
     
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    I think it was against Green Bay two years ago LT scored on a 60 yard skinny post. When the Bolts flashed that play, I was in love.
     
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    From the UT boards
     
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    Around the league

    • Last week, Tip Sheet touched on the five-year contract extension signed by San Diego center Nick Hardwick after only two seasons, and on the ramifications it might have around the league. With a surplus of salary cap room, teams are desiring to lock up young "nucleus" players for the long term, even if it means doing so early in their careers. Interest in the Hardwick extension, which averages $3.4 million for the add-on part of his contract, figures to start right at home.

    Chargers officials have had some very preliminary extension discussions with two other young standout offensive linemen -- left guard Kris Dielman and right tackle Shane Olivea -- and the Hardwick deal almost certainly will be the jumping off point now once those negotiations move to the substantive stage. There were some pro personnel people in the NFL who felt that Dielman, who started zero games in his first two seasons, emerged as one of the top in-line blockers in the league in 2005. The third-year pro replaced an overweight and underachieving Toniu Fonoti (who was subsequently traded to Minnesota after ballooning to 400-plus pounds) after the first two games, started in 14 contests and played exceptionally. Had the Chargers not placed the middle-level restricted free agent qualifying offer on Dielman, which required a first-round pick as compensation from any team that would have successfully exercised an offer sheet with him, several clubs were poised to pursue the former University of Indiana star. Dielman, 25, ended up signing the one-year qualifying offer with the Chargers for $1.573 million, but will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring unless San Diego signs him to an extension.

    Olivea, who is only 24 years old and has already logged 31 starts in two seasons, is going to command big dollars in any extension, if for no other reason than the position he plays. There are some scouts who feel the former Ohio State star, a seventh-round pick in the 2004 draft, wasn't quite as good in 2005 as he was in his rookie campaign. But tackles, especially guys who have lined up and played well, get paid in the NFL. And Olivea's youth clearly makes him an attractive player. As was the case with Hardwick before he signed his extension, Olivea, who signed a three-year, $960,250 contract as a rookie in 2004, is entering the final season of his original deal and is due a minimum base salary of $425,000. He can become a restricted free agent following this season and the Chargers would make him the mid- or high-level qualifying offer to dissuade potential suitors from making a move on him. Of course, the preference would be to lock up him and Dielman with extensions. Were the Chargers to succeed in that pursuit, they would boast a terrific corps of young, emerging blockers secured for many years. The team also invested its second-round choice in this year's draft on tackle Marcus McNeill, the former Auburn standout some scouts regarded as a potential first-rounder before he slipped because of back problems. And reports on McNeill's performance during spring sessions were very good.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insid...len&id=2505186
     
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    LT touching the ball more in any capacity is a good thing.

    It would be awesome if he could have 2200 total yards and 28 total TD this season.
     
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    If the Chargers do not make LT the all time leader for rushing in a season - we have cheated LT.
     
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    Once our OL gets to be the caliber of Seattle's, or KC's from a few years ago, then LT will easily get 2200 yards rushing.
     

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