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


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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.”.

  11. 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.

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