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Will LT play in the preseason?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Not sure where this info comes from but CBS reports that LT wants some carries in the preseason.


    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/SD


     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    I think that he gets a few touches this year. :tup:
     
  3. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    LT has said he wants to play, but says that it's up to Norv.
     
  4. Thread_Killer

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    I'm pretty sure Norv is going to let LT play. There's a different vibe about this TC, a sense of urgency to avoid the slow starts of the past two seasons.

    We are going to pulverize the Raiders in Week 1.

    :abq2::abq2::abq2:
     
  5. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    I think Norv Turner wants to get off to a better start and really see where his offense stands so LT might get to see the field on Saturday to start out and then we may even see him in pads again in the "simulation game" of week 3 but only for a quarter, if Turner remembers the past and thinks preservation first. But I do know we'll have "Lightning Bug" Sproles out for the crowd and Johnson/Bennett to entertain us all. Go CHARGERS! :bolt:
     
  6. Buck Melanoma

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    Can't wait to see Gartrell ..... :abq1:
     
  7. coachmarkos

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    I think it will be like that one year, was it 2004? One carry against the Cardinals for a long touchdown, and he was done.
     
  8. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    That was against the Rams. 55 yard TD run. Blew EVERYONE in the stadium away. :abq2:
     
  9. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    I turned to my wife and said "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUck"

    she said "what? that was awesome"

    I said "I know but now he's done"
     
  10. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Me to...
     
  11. Charger Dave

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    We KNOW we will see Gartrell :D - LT is another story. What will be will be. ;)
     
  12. Johnny Lightning

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    LT: 85 percent sure he'll play in preseason


    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    6:36 p.m. August 10, 2009

    SAN DIEGO – Might Qualcomm Stadium erupt Saturday in the kind of ovation that is rarely, if ever, heard in August?

    If LaDainian Tomlinson has his way, it will. And he's optimistic he'll have his way.

    Yes, the preseason's phantom might actually carry the ball in an exhibition.

    “From what I've been told, it's pretty encouraging,” Tomlinson said Monday at training camp. “So I'd say it's 85 percent.”
    Tomlinson has voiced a desire to play every August, but he has not touched a ball in the preseason since Aug. 21, 2005. He has just 14 carries in his eight career preseasons.

    “This year could be different,” Tomlinson said. “I wouldn't rule out me playing.”

    Asked which of the four exhibition games he might play in, Tomlinson said, “It's always good to play at home in front of the home crowd. I'll leave it at that.”

    The Chargers open the preseason Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium, then play two straight road games.

    It is possible coach Norv Turner could wait until the Chargers host the San Francisco 49ers in the Sept. 4 exhibition finale to insert Tomlinson. Starters play only a handful of plays, if any, in the final exhibition.

    Tomlinson said he'd need no more than a half-dozen plays to help him get ready for the regular season. If Turner plays him, even that many snaps would seem unlikely.

    While Turner said, “I haven't thought about it,” he and Tomlinson have spoken on the subject.

    Pressed later, Turner did not rule out Tomlinson playing in the preseason.

    “I've got a plan,” Turner said. “I don't need to talk about it.”

    What Tomlinson hopes to accomplish is “getting up to tempo,” following blocks, reading defenders, hitting the hole.

    “It will definitely make my timing a lot better,” Tomlinson said.

    The statistics don't bear out that Tomlinson's first two games of each season are any consistently less productive than the other 14. He gained 97 yards on 21 carries in last year's opener before injuring his toe late in the game. He did average just 1.9 yards a carry in the first two games of '07, though he did go on to lead the league in rushing that season. In '06, he started the season with 202 yards on 50 carries through two games, en route to a season in which he led the league in rushing and set the NFL record for touchdowns.

    Tomlinson has in the past expressed frustration at not playing in the summer, but he said a talk with Marty Schottenheimer in 2006 helped him see it from a coach's perspective.

    “I think it comes down to a long year,” Tomlinson said. “They want to have me fresh and continuing to run hard late in December and into January.”

    He said, smiling, that taking a handful of snaps in August would not affect his fitness at season's end. But Tomlinson also acknowledged what is Turner's biggest concern (as well as Schottenheimer's before Turner).

    “You see guys get hurt in the preseason and then miss time in the regular season,” Tomlinson said. “That's nothing I worry about, but it does happen.”

    Tomlinson's vision is bigger than himself, too.

    He looks at his ability to perhaps help the Chargers avoid the slow starts that have beset them the past two seasons, when they have gone 1-3 and 0-2. He said he felt like he's left some possible big gains on the field by not being acclimated to game speed.

    “It could help us start quicker,” he said. “I have felt I haven't gotten the runs I could a few times in those first couple games (of a season).”
     
  13. Retired Catholic

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    It looks like three or four plays in the niner game. That would be my guess. Maybe one or two in the first home exhibish. Help ticket sales if they were a bit more specific.
     

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