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Ingram Aims for his "Maximum Potential"

Posted Aug 5, 2014

The third season vet has high hopes for 2014.

Although he’s entering his third season as a Charger, linebacker Melvin Ingram is participating in only his second training camp with the team.  After suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last offseason, Ingram relishes his chance to be back on the camp field with his teammates.

“There’s no place I’d rather be than here in this beautiful weather,” he said.  “What would you rather be doing?  It’s awesome.  I want to enhance my game in every aspect.  I want to get better, play to my maximum potential, go full-speed every play and let the results take care of themselves.”

At 6-2, 265-pounds, Ingram surprised Chargers fans and teammates alike when he returned to the field last December only five months after sustaining his injury.  A healthy Melvin Ingram means a grittier defense, and the linebacker’s mentality entering week three of training camp is to keep up the energy and hard work.

“The mindset is to get better every week,” he said.  “We’re trying to build something special here and every day is just a stepping stone for that.”

Something really special is the bond within the Chargers’ linebacker corps.  Second round pick Jerry Attaochu has praised his teammates for reaching out and helping him get acclimated to pro football, something Ingram says is common for the position group.

“It’s like a bond,” he said.  “We’re like brothers.  In that linebacker room we all try to help each other and I feel like we’re a piece to one big puzzle.”

Another piece to the Chargers puzzle is linebacker Dwight Freeney.  Due to both their injuries last season, Ingram and Freeney never played at the same time, putting the Bolts’ premium pass-rush duo dreams on hold.

Since both are now healthy, when asked about what it’s going to be like to be on the field at the same time with Freeney this season, Ingram coyly replied, “You’ll get the answer to that question when the game comes.”

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