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Chargers’ Michael Harris to rookies: Have a chip on your shoulder

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Last year, Chargers offensive tackle Michael Harris was an undrafted rookie and therefore not invited to the NFL’s rookie symposium. This year, Harris is a speaker at the symposium.

The NFL sent Harris to Ohio to speak at the symposium last week, as an example of a player who had worked hard and exceeded expectations as a rookie, starting nine games for the Chargers last season.

“I told them I had a chip on my shoulder, not even knowing if I was going to make the team, and every day going out there and fighting,” Harris told Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “I also told them nobody’s job is ever secure because guys like me that aren’t drafted come in and are hungry.”

The bad news for Harris is that after the Chargers drafted tackle D.J. Fluker in the first round this year, and signed tackles Max Starks and King Dunlap, he’s right back where he was last year: A young guy just fighting for a roster spot.

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6 Responses to “Chargers’ Michael Harris to rookies: Have a chip on your shoulder”
  1. ambitoos says: Jun 30, 2013 10:25 AM

    He’s still a great backup. He proved to be better than the backups we had last year. They were so bad they cost AJ Smith his job. Thank God.

  2. richmondbolt says: Jun 30, 2013 10:57 AM

    More bad news for Harris. He was awful last year.

  3. chargersdiehard says: Jun 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    Harris will have a harder time making the roster this season.the bolts have much more depth this year and are poised to make a run at the super bowl. While everyone focuses on the donkeys, the Chargers have quietly built a team.

  4. joetoronto says: Jul 1, 2013 5:46 AM

    Yes, the Chargers will win the preseason Super Bowl yet again!

    Choo choo!

  5. Savage Lizard says: Jul 1, 2013 10:08 AM

    @joetoronto I guess having any positive opinion about your team means you are predicting a Super Bowl win. How dare people have any optimism at all in the preseason?

  6. paulnoga says: Jul 6, 2013 7:08 PM

    AJ Smith did screw up the O Line. However, to his credit, the Chargers have one of the best young Defenses in the NFL. Te’o was after, but the rest will be very good. The main question is the young and inexperienced CBs. Time will tell.

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