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Oliver sought advice from LT

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  1. Blue Bolt

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    Oliver puts to use pointers from LT

    SAN DIEGO -- Looking a little sheepish, running back Branden Oliver walked up to legendary San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson after practice on Monday.

    With Tomlinson at practice working for the NFL Network, Oliver made sure to take advantage of the opportunity to pick the brain of one of the greatest running backs to ever play in the league.

    “We just really talked about defenses,” Oliver said. “I wanted to know more about how he analyzed defenses. He told me he just watched a lot of film to see how those guys moved around, so he can know what’s about to happen before the play even begins.

    “That meant a whole lot. He’s a Hall of Famer. Just to stoop down and give me some knowledge and wisdom, I thank God for that.”

    Oliver put Tomlinson’s pointers to good use against the Cowboys, finishing with a game-high 64 yards on seven carries, including a 16-yard touchdown.

    “I have to give all the glory to the guys that were blocking for me, honestly,” Oliver said about his touchdown run. “I didn’t have to do much, except stay vertical. The cornerback came at the last second, so it was like 2 yards before I hit the end zone, and I kept running my feet and I got in the end zone.”

    Oliver had been one of the more impressive players for the Chargers during the first two weeks of training camp. And Oliver showed that he should be in the conversation for a spot on the final 53-man roster by the way he played on Thursday against the Cowboys.

    “He’s a good running back,” said Chargers tight end David Johnson. “Everybody knows, the whole O-line knows that he’ll get loose when we’re out there. We just had everyone working together, and we were sewing everybody up. As a team, we blocked good on a lot of those runs, and all he had to do was run.”

    An undrafted rookie free agent out of University at Buffalo, Oliver turned down a chance to sign with Indianapolis in order to join the Chargers soon after the draft. Oliver has been impressive in practice, showing elusiveness, power and the ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

    But after Thursday’s performance, Oliver understands he still has a lot more work to do.

    “I just have to keep taking it one day at a time and just keep God first,” Oliver said. “I know I am in the right place. I have to keep getting better each and every day. This is just only one game, and you can’t get complacent.

    “So it’s more to come, and I’ve got a group of great veterans in the running back room that I’m going to keep learning from, and (running backs) Coach Ollie Wilson. So it’s not the end of it.”
     
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    He's on the 53.

    Love those humble guys with jesus in their hearts.

    Feels more and more like this is our time.

    Shock the word san diego.
     
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  3. ChargerMike

    ChargerMike BoltBruthaFromAnuthMutha

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    Dude was on fire last night....calling him a Sprolzy clone.....funny he wears his number too. :tup:
     
  4. Blue Bolt

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    I don't know why people keep saying that, aside from the number he wears, and that fact that he's short.

    Sproles was always a big receiving threat as well as a quick shifty runner. I've yet to see a single ball thrown to Oliver. So far, he just looks like a hard running short back, not a Sproles clone.
     
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  5. ChargerMike

    ChargerMike BoltBruthaFromAnuthMutha

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    Good point.
    I'd like to see how he handles some screen action.
     
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  6. Blue Bolt

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    I also want to see how Oliver and Inman do against a real defense, like the Seahawks.

    Face it, the Cowboys D is not a true test........ they're :poop:.
     
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  7. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Oliver was fun to watch no doubt, I didn't think of Sproles when I first seen him, to much power in his running with great vision and quick reflexes. Smart kid jumping at the chance to pick Tomlinsons mind, hell he should have asked for some tutoring in field movements.
     
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    In their defense, I also enjoy soft served chocolate ice cream too.

    @Topic

    That's cool that Oliver is learning from L.T. We should eventually sign him as RB coach and pick his brain even more. Have Ryan Matthews and L.T ever met? I know that L.T was his idol growing up and in Fresno State.
     
  9. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I love the smell of football in the morning.

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    Oliver runs more like a Turner.
     
  10. Charger Dave

    Charger Dave Back to the Alethiometer..

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    Wonder if he can return kickoffs like Mike did for us - haven't heard/seen anything on that...

    Lots being said about his running and the new TE/FB (who also looked great against questionable competition)... but did you notice the WRs blocking for him downfield? (Tutu)...
     
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    If you really want to run successfully, your WRs need to know how to block. Hines Ward was a pain in the ***, but he knew how to sustain a block.
     
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    Tackling was shiiiiity - being 1st preseason game it bugs me and would be my #1 concern but I'm sure it'll get better, it's just been a recurring theme for a few years running now... would be nice to see our boys wrapping up opponents on first touch instead of watching them slip through fingertips. That's a big thing I'll be watching for in week 2.

    RE: Oliver - It's funny - aside from his size (and his number) I didn't think of Sproles either, actually thought of Tolbert for moment. Sproles was like a buck 80 soaking wet and between Donald Brown and Woodhead we have plenty of pass catching ability in our backfield - if he can also do it, sweet, if not no biggie. I loved watching this kid straight up carry the DB into the endzone, he's pretty shifty too. I'm excited to see how he does against Seattle on Friday and hope to get a chance to see him on ST (I'd never trade in the in-person experience but it's much easier to eval pre-season on TV imo)

    Both Oliver and Inman have been mentioned frequently as having a great camp - I wouldn't tag either as definitely making the 53 but they're doing something right. I wonder about Vincent Brown... he could be the odd man out if he can't get healthy. Tutu has shown great value on ST as well as chemistry with PR, if it comes down to VB, Inman and Tutu to make final cuts I'd be hard pressed to hang onto VB unless he bounces back quickly.
     
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    I'd even question a healthy Brown at this point. When he was a rookie, I was impressed with how he went up and fought for the ball. Since his injury, I see a guy who's slower, less combative, and tentative. I'm just not sure how much upside he has as a player right now.
     
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    Yes, the tackling was, as you delicately put it: "shiiiiity," but I don't worry about that a lot on the first
    preseason game. Tackling is pretty much a non-issue in camp prior to the first glorified scrimmage.

    Sproles at "...a buck 80 soaking wet..." struck me as slightly high...so I just looked, and he's now listed at 190!

    And yes, I concur with those who point out that Oliver's shape & style have little resemblance to Sproles.

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