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2015 Training Camp Preview: Outside Linebackers
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As we near the start of training camp on July 30, we’ll preview each position for the San Diego Chargers. We continue with a breakdown of the outside linebackers. The Bolts currently have eight outside linebackers on their roster: Melvin Ingram, Jerry Attaochu, Kyle Emanuel, Tourek Williams, Cordarro Law, Colton Underwood, Brock Hekking, Ryan Mueller.
LB Coach Mike Nolan on Ingram: “Melvin has an awful lot of God given ability. He is explosive, he is strong and he is a very good football player. He loves to compete, and I think those are all really good characteristics for any player. Being in shape like you stated when it is time to play is important. Being in the shape he is comfortable with I hope can up his play and help him make more (explosive) plays because that is what players love to do."
LB Coach Mike Nolan on Attaochu: “Jerry is going into his second year and is a young guy, so it is not so much looking at him as expendable, but you do look to him to play more. Obviously injuries set him back last year, as a number of guys did like Melvin Ingram and Manti Te’o, so he missed time. For a younger guy like Jerry, if he can stay on the field longer, after showing what he can do on the field, you expect him to make plays.”
LB Coach Mike Nolan on Emanuel: “The biggest change and the thing they have to spend more time in is in coverage. That really is the biggest difference when you go from a defensive lineman to a linebacker. It’s that there is coverage involved. If you are a linebacker that just rushed every down, then there is less adjustment. But for Kyle, the coverage will be a big part. Now in the short time thus far, he’s done an outstanding job. Not just a regular job, but an outstanding job, so we’re all very pleased with where he is in the short term. We are hopeful that progress continues at the same pace, and he would surpass some expectations from a coverage standpoint.”
LB Coach Mike Nolan on Williams: “Tourek is a big, strong handed man that has also done a nice job. Going into his third year, his familiarity and comfort with the scheme shows as he’s gained experience. So it is coming out because he is able to turn it loose a little bit.”
LB Coach Mike Nolan on Law: “Cordarro has some pass rush ability, but I do know less about Cordarro only because there isn’t as much tape of him from last year. He did play some last year, but less than others. So I’m getting to learn more about Cordarro now on the practice field more than I did on film. But look, he is a guy who has shown the ability to play in the game. He has done it, and now it is about making the squad and being one of those key guys.”
Underwood – A 6-3, 254-pound hard worker out of Illinois State, Underwood made an impression during last year’s preseason. After being waived during the final roster reduction, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad for the first month of the season. When he became available, the Chargers brought him back into the fold by signing him to the practice squad on Sept. 23. He remained there the rest of the season and is looking to make the jump to the active roster.
Hekking – The 6-3, 250-pound undrafted free agent starred at Nevada, recording 180 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 31.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles with the Wolf Pack.
Mueller – A two-time first team All-Big 12 selection, the 6-2, 250-pound Mueller is also making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. Read