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Confidence most important for Manti Te’o in transition to NFL

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San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o is adjusting to life in the NFL during his first training camp after being selected in the second round of April’s NFL Draft.

Te’o is expected to start for the Chargers this season alongside Donald Butler and is working to acclimate to the speed of the NFL game. In an interview with Mike Costa and Judson Richards of XTRA Sports 1360 in San Diego, Te’o said having confidence in himself and his abilities has been the biggest benefit to feeling comfortable on the field.

“Having confidence in my ability to play the game,” Te’o said. “I think a lot of time a lot of players get caught up in the whole ‘oh my gosh I’m in the NFL’ kind of zone. They forget that if you weren’t good enough you wouldn’t be here and have confidence in your ability to play this game.

“It’s still the same game. When I started playing I was 8 years old, it’s still the same game. Obviously guys are a lot bigger and a lot faster now but it’s still the same reads, techniques, you’ve just go to master those little things.”

Te’o has also begun to understand some of the finer aspects of playing linebacker at the professional level. Te’o will ultimately have to prove he belongs on Sundays but he appears to be off to a strong start.

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9 Responses to “Confidence most important for Manti Te’o in transition to NFL”
  1. sdcameron says: Aug 1, 2013 12:37 AM

    Has the potential to be the defensive rookie of the year.

  2. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Aug 1, 2013 12:38 AM

    In college T’eo was instinctive, but he really didn’t have NFL LB speed.

    He needs to be faster.

  3. romoscollarbone says: Aug 1, 2013 12:57 AM

    Hopefully he can have a successful rookie campaign and put the gf nonsense behind him once and for all

  4. Robb_Fett says: Aug 1, 2013 1:21 AM

    No Norval, No AJSmith, continued unity on the Defense, a rebuilt Oline with depth and 3 STRONG first round picks…with the likes of McCoy-Wiz with PRrivers? SD will be better than last year.

    KC has improved in a huge way as well…As has Oakland. McK is doing wonders with the crap hand he was dealt. Denver…well the drunks, hipsters and Eli’s older brother will slip a bit (no 6-0 w/in the division). Watch out for those chargers.

    …and Teo, he has handled himself in a strong fashion thus far…keep it up.

  5. rukkus1 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:12 AM

    With all his mo ey he will have girls throwing themselves at him and he wont have to have an imaginary girlfriend anymore… that may help boost his confidence a little

  6. Al says: Aug 1, 2013 7:21 AM

    Being big, strong, fast, and instinctive enough will be a little more important.

  7. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Aug 1, 2013 7:25 AM

    Go for it Manti, I think you will do great things in this league, just not against the Colts.

  8. 1historian says: Aug 1, 2013 7:54 AM

    Best of luck to him.

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 1, 2013 8:20 AM

    “Knowledge is confidence. And confidence lets you play fast.”
    -Bill Parcells

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