So after recording a touchdown, rushing the ball six times for 25 yards with a 4.2 yards-per-carry average and catching two balls 29-yards, it must have felt extra special to get a measure of revenge, right?
Whittaker humbly insisted it was business as usual. He was happy just to contribute to the San Diego Chargers 24-7 victory and was insistently praising his teammates.
“Just getting a touchdown in general feels special (enough),” he said. “The O-Line did a great job just opening up holes for all the backs. We’ve been getting it downhill behind them, and really they’ve made our job easy. Getting to the holes that they’ve opened up, it’s truly a blessing that we have that type of camaraderie with them and that type of relationship that we can trust them on any run play call and really just go downhill and hit it.”
That was especially true on his five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It was a tremendous effort by Whittaker, but he was quick to credit the offensive line again.
“We call it like a sucker play where we faked going one way to the left and come back to the right,” he said. “Honestly, they outnumbered us on that side of the defense, but like I said, the blocking was superb where they had two guys on the outside and I was able to cut it up on the inside. Sometimes where you get in that red zone, there’s going to always be an extra guy down there. That safety’s going to be low and that corner is going to be filling quick, so we have to get paid too where we have to break a tackle, get that extra yard to put your team up another score. So like I said the O-Line did the hard work. I just put my head down and gave it all that I could.”
While Whittaker never ceases to credit his teammates, the sentiments are reciprocated.
“Fozzy’s had a heck-of-a preseason,” said