How many times have you played a sports video game on rookie mode and dominated? Then you switch it to all-star and all of the sudden you really have to think about what you’re doing. The same can be said for young players making the jump from college to the pros. A lot of times they can rely purely on their athletic ability to win matchups in college. It’s also going from a very structured environment that tells you when to train, eat and study. They have great facilities available to them and usually a coach helping to guide them in what to do.
When they jump to the pros, everyone is above average and the expectations are that you take care of yourself in the offseason and show up in shape. It doesn’t always work out that way. We all remember Ryan Mathews at the beginning of his 2nd year showing up out of shape and failing his conditioning test.
There’s one player who’s going from undrafted rookie to 2nd year player who is clearly dedicating himself to getting better. Jahleel Addae has been putting in work for the past month plus now and posting his workout videos to his Instagram account. He is clearly motivated to build on the promising rookie year he had. Not only that, his Instagram account name (hitman37_) conjures up memories of another hard hitting safety that wore #37. Love seeing a guy so dedicated to improvement and carrying a chip on his shoulder. One post on February 20th is titled: “I think imma dedicate this one to all the people who thought I wouldn’t make it here !”
Love seeing this from a young player who seems to have a bright future ahead of him. Here’s a couple videos from his Instagram feed, but highly recommend giving him a follow and checking out his great videos. http://instagram.com/hitman37_
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Let me start by saying that this is not an April Fool’s joke. The Bolts will begin their offseason workouts today. This is the time of year when the players start to work on their conditioning and strength training.
Conditioning, for some players in the NFL, can be an issue at the beginning of such workouts. Although it is said that there is no offseason in the NFL, the players undoubtedly need, and deserve, to allow their bodies to heal up and rest. As you all know, Ryan Mathews actually failed a conditioning test a couple of camps ago. Add that to his other obvious issues, and people were that much more unimpressed with him and, perhaps, his lack of commitment to honing his craft.
Though there will be no installation of plays or the actual practicing of football with the players, this is a great opportunity to build team chemistry. The Chargers have signed 8 new free agents. These new players can begin to form a bond with the veteran nucleus that is already in place in San Diego.
The workouts are closed off to the media and the public. This portion of the offseason may be seen as insignificant to some, but that can’t be further from the truth. If, and when, games are kept close going into the fourth quarter, the team that has put in the work to be properly conditioned has a much better advantage in closing out the game. Players are getting bigger, stronger, and faster each and every year. The strength of the players can help to be a deciding factor in many facets of the game. It certainly plays a role when looking at the game on both the offensive and defensive lines.
These workouts are also something to keep an eye on due to the new hires of Kent Johnston and Rick Lyle. Johnston will serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach while Lyle will serve as his assistant. Here’s to hoping those two can whip these guys into shape.
We’ll be doing our best to keep you updated on any reports or information stemming from these workouts.
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