On Sunday, June 11, the Chargers locked up a clutch piece of their young up-and-coming defense in Melvin Ingram.
The former Gamecock signed a big four-year, $66 million deal, ending what could have been an annoying contractual standoff, and Chargers got it done far before the mid-July deadline.
As mentioned from the Chargers’ front office, both sides were eager to get a deal done and wasted no time agreeing on numbers. This proves to be very big for the Chargers because this means Melvin will be there for all of mini-camp and training camp.
On February 27 2017, the Chargers placed the always nagging Franchise Tag on Ingram, thinking it would take an extended amount of time to come to terms, but doing so in four months is extremely beneficial for both parties and to the chemistry of the defense.
Ingram was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft and was supposed to be a impact player right away. The South Carolina product had a slow rookie year and the next two seasons after that he only played in 13 games out of 32.
However, he bounced back his last two seasons, playing in all 32 games notching 18.5 sacks, 11 pass deflections and seven forced fumbles. He proved that, when on the field, he can play at a high level. He developed an early reputation his first couple of years as an “almost” player; almost getting sacks, almost affecting plays. But he has shown the past two seasons that he’s more than learned how to impact games and get to the quarterback more efficiently.
The drafting of Joey Bosa last year has helped him because teams must worry about not one explosive motor but now they must gameplan for two pass-rushing freaks of nature. The two didn’t get a chance to play together in all of the games cause of Bosa’s contract issues. During the 12 games the duo did play together in ’16, they combined for 18.5 sacks.
It is going to be really interesting to see how they fare with an entire offseason and season together. It seems they both complement each other well and, in that, their numbers will only get better. Ingram also was tied for 6th in the league with QB hurries (29) and producing a team-high 23 QB hits. That is pretty damn good for an “Almost player.”
The Bolts adding Gus Bradley as their defensive coordinator means a switch from 3-4 to 4-3, meaning Ingram will have plenty of chances to knock opposing signal callers on their asses.
As a fan, we hate seeing big money contracts given out, especially because injuries can happen at any given time. But Ingram has earned it. Now, let’s see him terrorize offenses for a full 16 games, thus leading the team formerly located in America’s finest city back to the postseason dance.
One more thing: can we possibly get Melvin to make a theme song for the Chargers going forward? I, for one, think it would be extremely dope! Maybe we can all ask him on twitter and get it going?!
There is a link below to one on Melvin’s tracks:
— Booga Peters (@BoogaPeters) June 1, 2017
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Former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston arrived in San Diego on Monday. The Los Angeles Chargers worked him out in hopes of adding a veteran safety. The safety position has been in a state of flux since the departure of Eric Weddle last season. The team did take a step toward remedying the situation in their latest draft when they tapped Rayshawn Jenkins out of the University of Miami in the fourth round.
Boston has been making the rounds as he looks for a new team. He’s already completed a stops in Pittsburgh. He’s been documenting his travels on his Twitter page, @TreBos10:
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 5, 2017
Boston was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Standing 6″1′-inches tall and weighing in at 205 lbs., Boston is the blend of experience and youth (he’s 24-years old) Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco craves. Arriving in San Diego on Monday, Boston ran into a former Chargers standout cornerback and Pro Bowler Antonio Cromartie. He then tweeted out this photo:
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 8, 2017
Boston accumulated 108 tackles (77 solo), ten passes defensed, three interceptions, two sacks and two touchdowns in his three seasons in Carolina. He’s a playmaker on the rise who would be a great addition to Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradleys’ defense.
The safety left San Diego after his physical and workout Tuesday and now is weighing his options between Pittsburgh, Buffalo and LA per his most recent tweet Tuesday afternoon:
Headed back to CLT, Chargers and Bills definitely made it a tough decision for me! I’ll go home and weigh the pros and cons with the Wife.🙏🏾
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 9, 2017
Where will Boston be shipping off to? Stay tuned…
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Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett knows a thing or two about quality defensive-back play.
Some may say that his knowledge of solid secondary play is only trumped by that of his familiarity of being injured and knowing his way around the trainer’s room.
Though No. 22 has missed more than his fair share of games, there is no doubt that he is a stud when healthy and on the field, flashing glimpses of greatness often.
After going wide receiver in the first round (Mike Williams), then offensive line in the second and third rounds (Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, respectively), the Bolts switched their focus from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive unit of the club.
General manager Tom Telesco addressed the defensive backfield in the fourth and fifth rounds, selecting Rayshawn Jenkins of the University of Miami and Desmond King of the University of Iowa, respectively.
“It was great for us to get them,” Verrett told Hayley Elwood of the team’s official website. “When we drafted Rayshawn Jenkins from Miami, I texted Denzel (Perryman) quick and asked what he thought about him. Denzel said he was a dog, so it was nice to get that addition there and add more depth. With Desmond King from Iowa, I actually knew of him because he won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015. I thought that was a great pick as a guy who can come in and help us out in that nickel position.”
The fourth-year defensive back seemed to be looking forward to talking with both of his rookie peers, adding “I want to be able to pick their brains to see their strengths and weaknesses, and what they can do out on the field to help us. If we can get some ball hawks in the slot and nickel positions along with Casey (Hayward) and me on the outside, we could be dominant.”
The initial feeling around the NFL is that King has the potential to be the steal of the ’17 Draft, while Jenkins looks to have been chosen to play as an in-the-box safety for Gus Bradley’s defense, fitting into that Kam Chancellor-like role. Both players have impressive traits in defending both the passing and running games, but they are sure to be tested once stepping foot onto an NFL (Soccer) field.
I must say, the Chargers’ secondary is shaping up to be something special heading into this year, but it all boils down to staying healthy.
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After posting 10.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits during a 12-game rookie year, Los Angeles Chargers defensive Joey Bosa earned the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award for his stellar performance.
The third overall selection in the 2016 Draft out of Ohio State missed the first four games of last season due to a contract dispute and a hamstring injury.
Knowing that he missed four games makes his rookie output even more impressive.
On Monday, Bosa received the honor of being named to the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017, an award that is voted on by NFL players.
Though the 21-year-old still has a lot to learn about the NFL, it goes without saying that he has an incredibly bright future in the league.
After notching four total sacks in his first three games played, No. 99 had a three-game “sackless” streak before finishing the year with at least one sack in five of his last six contests. (At least he wasn’t “physically/personally sacless,” so to speak. I’ll show myself out. Tip your servers and bartenders.)
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Florida native will be given every opportunity to surpass his impressive rookie stats now that the team has called upon Gus Bradley to take over the defensive coordinator position after John Pagano was not retained during this offseason.
The defensive stand-out should only get better in Bradley’s system, while also giving fans his celebrated “#ShrugLife” pose after wreaking havoc on the opposing team’s quarterbacks while setting up shop in their backfields.
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