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Q&A with Ladarius Green

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Buck Melanoma, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    SHOOTING THE BREEZE: A Q&A with Chargers rookie tight end Ladarius Green

    New Chargers tight end Ladarius Green catches a pass during a recent voluntary workout. JAMIE SCOTT LYTLE | jlytle@nctimes.com


    Position: Tight end
    Height: 6 feet, 6 inches
    Weight: 238 pounds
    College: Louisiana-Lafayette
    Drafted: Fourth round (No. 110 overall)
    Quick hits

    Favorite food: Beef stew
    Favorite non-football athlete:Dwight Howard
    Favorite musician: Kanye West
    Favorite movie: "Remember the Titans"
    If I weren't playing football... : "I'd work at a bank. I majored in finance."
    SAN DIEGO ---- Few outside of the South knew about Ladarius Green. San Diego football fans might be exceptions.
    The tight end from Louisiana-Lafayette dominated San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl, catching five passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in a heartbreaking loss for the Aztecs.
    That nationally televised performance was just the beginning of his introduction to the rest of the country. He impressed draftniks with a solid Senior Bowl and a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, a blazing number for someone who stands 6-foot-6.
    He has built a reputation as a pass-catching tight end who is expected to make an immediate contribution for the Chargers, who selected him in the fourth round of the NFL draft. He's trying to gain weight to become a better blocker, which will help make him a complete player.
    Green took some time last week to discuss his draft experience, his efforts to bulk up and what it's like to be a teammate of future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates.

    Question: What have you been trying to accomplish in the early portions of this offseason?
    Answer: It's a mental thing right now. I'm trying to absorb as much as I can from the veterans and from each meeting and practice we have. This is a learning process, and I want to have the scheme down as much as possible by the time training camp starts.

    Q: How much of a benefit is it to work under someone like Antonio Gates, an accomplished veteran with a similar skill set?
    A: It's been great. He's been a great resource and seems willing to help out a young guy who wants to work and wants to improve. But it hasn't just been Antonio. Randy McMichael and the other tight ends have set a great example, and I'm trying to emulate what they do.

    Q: You've said you're trying to bulk up (from 238 pounds) to become a better blocker. Do you have a target weight in mind?
    A: The middle or high 240s.

    Q: Has it always been tough for you to gain weight? Are you one of those guys who can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound?
    A: I am one of those people, but I have a system down. I've been in the high 240s before. I know I can get there again.

    Q: You upset a lot of San Diego football fans after you torched San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl. Was that a career highlight for you?
    A: It was a great game that I'll always remember. It was great to finish my college career with such a dramatic victory. Hopefully, I can make it up to San Diego fans by making some big plays as a Charger.

    Q: How was your draft experience?
    A: It was nerve-wracking, because I didn't have a good idea of where I was going to go. I watched the draft each day with my family. I wanted to go high in the draft, but I had to wait until the final day. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I ended up with a team that, in my opinion, is a perfect fit.

    Q: Coming from a small school, do you feel like you have to prove that you're as good as any player who competed in a major conference?
    A: It's always an issue. Coming from a small school, they give you no props and they give you no credit. People say I can't block, that I'm too skinny and they wonder how I would've produced at a bigger school. I know I can play with the big boys and that I can compete at the professional level.

    Q: Have you always been the tallest kid in school?
    A: Not really. I was around 5-8 when I entered high school, and I was 6-6 when I left. Most of it happened in one summer, before my junior year.

    Q: Did you get actual growing pains?
    A: In a big way. But it's something you deal with because being taller is better when you play my position.

    I have big hopes for this kid.
  2. Ikeman83

    Ikeman83 Werter Pöbel

    Feb 3, 2012
    One big advantage of being an athlete from a smaller school instead of a football factory is clearly that he actually went to school for an education. Not only does he use perfect sentence structure, but he said "emulate" instead of "be like"!

    Can you tell I'm an English teacher?
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  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    I'll be interested in watching what the extra weight does for him. If it becomes a deterrent, we may see him drop the weight & move into more of a WR role. His size is very similar to VJ's. Not sure what VJ's 40 times were, but Green seems to have as much speed as VJ had. Hopefully some of the tricks that Gates teaches him is how to gain separation & box out defenders better.
  4. Ikeman83

    Ikeman83 Werter Pöbel

    Feb 3, 2012
    Whether it slows him down or not will depend on how he puts it on (no news there). If he goes for amusing the girls and puts on a bunch of muscle mass through his arms/chest/back then he'll likely lose some speed. If he adds it mostly in his legs or uniformly then he may gain speed/explosiveness. It's hard to say how much weight his frame can carry, because he's also only just turned 22. I wouldn't be surprised if he added another 20 lbs through this year without too much trouble. Hopefully our SnC coach has him doing a lot of squats, deadlifts, and power clean and presses.
  5. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    They don't call him "Pee-Wee" for nothing. ;)

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