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SI: NFL rookies with an early chance to shine in 2009

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Enormo, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Enormo

    Enormo BoltTalker

    Jul 22, 2007

    Outside linebacker
    Larry English, Chargers

    When you think of impact at outside linebacker, you think of pass rush, and that's exactly what the Chargers were after when they surprisingly selected the Northern Illinois defensive end 16th overall. English played a 4-3 end in college, but he's a nice fit for what San Diego looks for in a 3-4 linebacker.

    He won't start with Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips entrenched on the outside, but he'll play plenty because more than half of San Diego's defensive snaps last season came against three or four-receiver sets. The Chargers were thrown against 605 times last season, second most in the league.

    San Diego might have taken English with an eye on losing Merriman in two years, but it also envisions all three outside linebackers playing at the same time in some packages, with Merriman and English rushing from the edges and Phillips being moved around inside.
  2. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    hey the Giants had alot of fun shoving four or so pass rushers in a dime package, no reason we can't do the same
  3. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

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