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Rookie linebackers made their marks in 2005

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <blockquote>Source: NFL.com

    By Jim Trotter

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/merriman11.jpg" class="left" alt="Shawne Merriman" /> SAN DIEGO (Dec. 29, 2005) -- Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman has never lacked for athletic ability or confidence, a point his new teammates learned soon after the San Diego Chargers selected Merriman with the 12th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

    "When he first got here, he said he had some nastiness to him, and that was one thing he was going to bring," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "He's definitely brought it. ... I mean, the guy has brought a different mindset to the defense."

    Last year, the Chargers tied for the third-fewest sacks (29) in the league. This year, they have the fifth most (44). At 6-foot-4, 272 pounds, Merriman is a big reason for the turnaround. He leads all rookies with nine sacks and is considered the frontrunner for Defensive Rookie of the Year. </blockquote>
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