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Melvin Ingram says first NFL game “didn’t seem too difficult”

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Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram, the 18th overall pick in the draft, attracted plenty of attention during his preseason debut last week against the Packers.

“Did I watch him?” cornerback Quentin Jammer said, via Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “Everyone on our sideline was watching him.”

For Ingram, however, it was no big deal.

“This was my opportunity to play against higher-caliber guys with more strength and speed,” Ingram said. “I was happy with how it went, because it didn’t seem too difficult.”

Making it less difficult is that he was running past guys like Herb Taylor.  (Who?  Exactly.)  Still, Ingram went a long way to address concerns about his short arms.

Said Jammer, “It’s always something they find to nitpick you on, and it’s always ridiculous in a case like this, because if you can play like this guy, who cares about the arms?”

Jammer had more to say about his relatively new teammate.  “You should see him at practice,” Jammer said.  “He can straight bull-rush linemen or get around you with a serious spin move.  He’ll make a huge contribution.  This guy is an absolute monster — big, strong and fast, and he has a motor on him beyond what you’d expect.  Most guys who rush don’t have all of those attributes.”

Coach Norv Turner agrees, saying that Ingram “is going to be outstanding on third downs.”

“He’s an exceptional player who can do a lot of things,” Turner said. “I think he was the most complete linebacker in the draft.”

Ingram gets to show how complete he is soon in games that count.  Until then, he gives the Chargers their biggest potential threat at linebacker since Shawn Merriman, pre-Nandrolene.

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22 Responses to “Melvin Ingram says first NFL game “didn’t seem too difficult””
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 16, 2012 2:29 PM

    That’s what happens with no game plan, no one watching video and guys trying not to get hurt in a meaningless game.

  2. blacknole08 says: Aug 16, 2012 3:00 PM

    This guy is my pick for defensive rookie of the year. He’s gonna be fun to watch.

  3. theslex says: Aug 16, 2012 3:05 PM

    I hate to break it to Mr. Ingram, but the Taylor guy he was throwing around like a rag doll is:

    * a former 6th round pick
    * hasn’t appeared in a regular season game since 2009
    * is probably our 5th string LT
    * won’t be in the NFL in four weeks

    Let’s temper the enthusiasm, T-Rex arms.

  4. johngaltwho says: Aug 16, 2012 3:06 PM

    He faced a fourth string left tackle. Little premature for the accolades.

  5. panamon says: Aug 16, 2012 3:42 PM

    The people commenting to diminish a player playing well don’t seem to realize that:

    #1. He played a very large percentage of the game, his first in the NFL.
    #2. At multiple points he was being double teamed, though still made impact at times.
    #3. The opponent was the Packers, a team that obviously has good management/schemes and depth/players they want to test in a game.
    #4. None of any players he could have faced could have had less experience than him, he’s just a rookie so looking good against players of any team in an NFL game is a good thing.

    The Chargers and Packers weren’t taking it like the Pro Bowl and actually had a nice competitive game (unfortunately with a couple injuries), one where the Chargers defense did a good job against an excellent offensive team. Ingram played most of the game and obviously deserves some credit.

  6. altoon88 says: Aug 16, 2012 3:47 PM

    can’t believe the Jets let him go…

  7. rooneyruleblues says: Aug 16, 2012 4:02 PM

    Two people in the NFL will make Rex Ryan look like an idiot this year. Rex Ryan, and Melvin Ingram.

  8. slumdog66 says: Aug 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    Way to put a target on your back. He will soon be introduced to the chop block.

  9. dukemarc says: Aug 16, 2012 4:05 PM

    Facing a full strength Marshall Newhouse and having Jermichael Finley chipping him every other play and he would have been a non-factor. Got over yourselves Bolts fans, the guy was facing a LT who most recently played in the UFL. Taylor is a camp body and is on the Packers only because they were already down 2 LTs and their only other LT is a rookie recovering from 2 shoulder surgeries.

  10. iamcline says: Aug 16, 2012 4:07 PM

    Of course it wasn’t “difficult”. He played against backups? He should do well against them. Now starting offensive linemen, that’s a different story.

  11. panamon says: Aug 16, 2012 4:37 PM

    Were they backups that played with Rodgers when he forced helped force a pick?

  12. hartdaddy says: Aug 16, 2012 4:43 PM

    Quinton Coples-5 Solo Tackles, 1 Sack/FF, Two Pass Deflect. 2 Tackles for a loss.

    After the game comments-I need to get better.

    Luke Kuechly-3 tackles, 1 FF

    After the game comment-I could do better

    Melvin Ingram-2 tackles

    Afte the game comment-This is easy. Going back to breakdancing in camp now.

    Melvin Ingram is a clown in the making, who the hell does he think he is? One pre-season game & it wasn’t too difficult?

  13. sdbolthead612 says: Aug 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    This guy has a motor that doesn’t stop, he will wear down offensive linemen all game long and all season! Against any starters, and any team! TRex will be a star and probably defensive rookie of the year! BOLT UP!!!

  14. silvernblackpa says: Aug 16, 2012 4:59 PM

    WORST PICK OF THE DRAFT….because I’m a Raiders fan and this guy is going to make life miserable for years.

    I would’ve drafted Ingram over any defensive player in the draft this year except Mo Claiborne and maybe Mark Barron

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 16, 2012 5:00 PM

    dont forget RG3 after his first preseason saying, practice is harder than nfl games……………..what a joke, bulleyes on his head now!!

  16. bigbuck54246 says: Aug 16, 2012 5:38 PM

    Yes, the Pack were playing a backup LT when he helped force a pick, but even so, he looked good. I wish him well in his career, just not against the Packers!

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 16, 2012 6:26 PM

    From the time Ingram entered the school system, other kid’s Moms were saying “Don’t stare at Melvin’s arms, it isn’t polite. He can’t help it.”.

  18. bmac77 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:47 PM

    Yes he was playing against backups but the other side to that coin is that the defense was playing “vanilla” as they like to call it. The point here is that any rush at all was generated by individual ability, there were no defensive schemes or intricate blitzes. Adding these complexities to Ingram’s game along with the fact that he’s gonna be lined up all over the place, is only gonna make it tougher on an offense to keep him outta the backfield. We recognize that this is only pre-season and get that this wasn’t your starting o-line but if you can’t see the impressive skill set of this player than your simply not looking or just plain blind.

  19. vjaxmyboy says: Aug 16, 2012 7:23 PM

    Well said bmac77

  20. murtdurt says: Aug 16, 2012 10:54 PM

    @bmac: or ignorant. Which by the looks of packer fans posting is very much the latter

  21. ripseau says: Aug 17, 2012 11:05 AM

    Merriman pre-nandrolene? Didnt he have 12the sacks post nandrolene?
    I would have said Merriman pre-Mawae/Stewart cheap shot

  22. dasmol says: Aug 17, 2012 11:51 AM

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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