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Lawrence Guy's Knack for Making Big Plays
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It didn’t take long for Lawrence Guy to make an impact for the San Diego Chargers after they claimed him last October. Playing in just his second game with the Bolts against the Washington Redskins, the defensive end had a monumental impact. The 6-4, 318-pounder batted down a pass in the end zone into the arms of Sean Lissemore for a touchdown after blocking a field goal on the Redskin’s first possession of the game, which was the franchise’s first block in exactly 11 years. As a result, he was named the Monday Morning Quarterback Defensive Player of the Week.
“It’s a lot different because you get to fully understand the scheme of everything,” he explained. “You get the same coaching everybody else got in the beginning of the year. So I’m getting all the information my teammates were taught at this time last year that I missed out on.”
Those teammates include fellow veteran defensive linemen Lissemore, Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, and Guy feels blessed to be part of a young, talented rotation.
“It really does feel great,” he said. “I’ve known Corey since we were drafted. We came out together. And working with the other guys like Kendall and Lissemore is a pleasure. They are a really good group of guys with good personalities, so it’s real fun to work with them.”
He is also grateful to be in a system he believes suits his skillset.
“(Defensive Coordinator John) Pagano is a great coach,” he said. “His system just fits me. We have a great system, a great coach, great teammates and a great organization so I feel fortunate to be here. I don’t have anything to complain about, so I’m lucky.”
Guy may be best known for his knack of batting down balls. Despite his reserve role, he tied Liuget and Manti Te’o for the team-lead in passes defensed for a player not in the secondary. While most think that may come naturally, the defensive end says his prowess comes from constant practice.
“If you do it in practice, you’ll do it in games,” he said. “It really comes down to practice. You learn how to get your hands up and what lanes to get them in. You learn how to read the quarterback’s eyes. So I do a lot of drills to work on that. I just try to get my hands in the field of vision, so anything that I can do to help with that, I do it. If you can get your hands up you may be able to knock it down, so that’s what I practice.”
With OTAs in full effect, Guy has plenty of opportunities to hone his craft. He believes this portion of the offseason program is a pivotal stretch in the team’s development.
“This is really like a training camp practice without the contact,” he said. “We have the same mindset, same competitiveness, same energy and same emphasis. We just have less contact. So this is a major step for us. We’re building up to training camp and preseason by building our chemistry and getting our bodies right.” Read