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Players making the grade in Preseason

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Concudan, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Darren Sproles
    Darren Sproles missed the entire 2006 season with a badly broken ankle. Many Charger fan’s wrote him off as the first target of the dreaded Turk. However in the first game Mighty Mouse put on a show that opened the eyes of even some of his harshest critics.

    In the game against the Seahawks Darren tallied 134 all purpose yards, including 63 rushing yards which lead all running backs on the evening. He had a punt return of 12 yards and a kickoff return of 22. Those type of returns will make it easier for the Turk to bypass Sproles when the first rounds of cuts come on Aug. 28. That is when the rosters are reduced to maximum of 75 players for each team.

    Darren also had a nice rush of 23 yards on a 3rd and 21 play, giving the Chargers an improbable first down, as he showed grit in fighting for the final few yards.

    Billy Volek
    Billy Volek showed some of the ability that made AJ Smith believe he would be a good addition to the Chargers last season. He lead the Chargers second offensive unit on drives that resulted in 13 of their 16 points. He went 13 of 18, 143 yards and a touchdown. He finished the evening with an excellent passing rating of 113.9. I can tell you before the game I thought that Charlie Whitehurst would be bypassing Volek to be the backup by the Monday after the game.

    If Volek capable of maintaining this level of production he will remain comfortably as the number one clipboard holder.

    Derreck Robinson
    It took me re-watching the entire game to notice the game that Derreck had. He was instrumental in the defensive stand that lead to the Chargers first touchdown drive. He stopped the Seahawks full back on a 2nd down, 2 yards to go play for a yard loss, then on a 4th and 1 play he sacked the Seahawks QB, Seneca Wallace for a loss of a yard. This gave the Offense the ball on the Chargers 45 yard line, great position for any offensive unit. Positioning that the Offense did not squander, moving the ball down for a touchdown.

    Malcom Floyd
    Malcom scored the Chargers first touchdown hauling in a 14 yard pass from Billy Volek. Floyd lead the Chargers receivers with 65 receiving yards on five reception. Floyd caught two passes on third downs that resulted in moving the chains and a new set of downs.

    Eric Weddle
    Eric Weddle played very well, seemingly all over the field. He hauled in his first interception in the second quarter. He was around the ball all night long. Though he did not have much to fear from the Turk, he however may be maneuvering himself towards a starting position by the first weekend of September.

    This next game will most likely be the game where the Turk looks for his first victim, look for the veterans to see very little playing time. This game will be for the rookies to come out and prove themselves. Young players will be striving to earns a chance to represent the Chargers this season. Volek and Whitehurst will continue to compete for the backup position. We have to wait for Saturday evening to see if the same players continue to make the grade.

    Origins of the term ‘Turk’

    Every year NFL teams have to reduce their rosters from the expanded training camp size to the 53 man rosters they go throughout the season with. Every year as raining camps begin the term Turk become synonymous with person whom has to inform the players that they need to see the coach, “Bring your playbook.”.

    Not a job most people would cherish, and current wisdom points to the early 40’s for the coining of the phrase to it’s current use. The TURK referred to the ancient warriors who, would behead their enemies with a scimitar (a curved long sword). The Turks were also the Turkish revolutionaries of the 1920’s who rebelled against the Ottoman Empire leading to it’s dissolution. The Turkish Revolutionaries were said to be fierce and hard fighters.

    So it is believed that the term TURK was used because, though the coach would not be cutting the head from the player, they would certainly be cutting their hearts out. Also an interesting note is during the 1940’s there was no playbooks to be returned to the coaches before being let go by the team.

    Note: Sept. 1 - Roster reduced to maximum of 53 players

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