Ingram Makes Instant Impact in Preseason Pounding


We have been waiting for this moment since Day 1 of the Draft. Melvin Ingram had fallen to the 18 slot due to question’s about his wing span. I have no problem with the fact that 17 other teams thought that. Ingram was definitely prepared for a Thursday night battle with the coveted Green Bay Packers. Tonight was his debut, time to put his tools out there for the whole NFL to see. For Chargers fans he did NOT disappoint.

Ingram made an impact on me even in the first defensive series. Rogers rolled out, he bit, and busted his butt to get back into coverage and break the pass up. In that one play he showed a motor that isn’t going to stop. That is one of the biggest qualities you can have in a player. With that usually comes dedication and hunger, which translates into a star. My father once told me, relating to baseball, he would rather have 9 players with heart and no talent then 9 players with the god given talent. Ingram proves to possibly be both of those things.

Melvin’s constant drive showed through out the whole time he was on the field. Rarely do you see a team in a preseason game make adjustments in the middle of the game to stop a rookie. We all look at statistics as production BUT a big thing we look over is drawing penalties. Of course you want to see a player make the play all the time, but drawing a holding penalty is just as good. Melvin’s constant drive made that happen while he was drawing double teams. That alone was impressive. When you take the double team you free someone else up too and we have enough talent on our starting line to ruin the great amount of chances we’ll have from just the double team.

“Super Melvin,” as Charger fans have been referring to him as, earned his nickname in one play. Rogers fall back to pass and gets smashed by Ingram causing a interception. As if that weren’t enough he got up and provided blocking to the premium extent as he, “de-cleated,” James Starks. A hit that almost knocked me off my bar stool. This hit was so big my girlfriend even said, “OH MY… !” Melvin Ingram was a presence to be felt and introduced him to the NFL in a preseason way… we hope.

While Melvin Ingram had a 2 tackle game that didn’t show how much of a presence he had on Thursday night. He was fast, he was furious, and he didn’t stop. He stole the spot light and for good reason. While yes, we may have lost Mathews for 4-6 weeks, we discovered an Ingram. While yes it is only the first preseason game we could be witnessing the start of something epic and a new age of dominance for the San Diego Chargers. “Super Melvin,” may have just made the San Diego defense, “Super.”

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  • 619chargers4life

    man O man couldn’t agree with u more

  • http://www.facebook.com/krickless Keenan Rickless

    I disagree with one thing. You said Chargers fans weren’t disappointed. I know I was….Did you see how early they pulled out Rodgers because of Ingram? I was disappointed he couldn’t pound on him more ;-)

  • arnie

    I couldn’t be more happier. AJ took a guy that was a no brainer, and “did not” have history of injuries in his scouting report. i’m looking forward to adding Mr. Ingram’s jersey to my collection.

    • Pels04

      I agree, Ive never purchased a rookies jersey before but with him i might make an exception

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    Great article Joey! I really enjoyed the read. It was truly exciting to watch him play! I hear he has jokes too, so it was fun to see him grinning on the sideline, after that kind of first performance.

  • http://twitter.com/JENFABULOUS Charger Girl JEN

    Ingram was everywhere! Can’t wait to see him grow as a player in the upcoming games! Super article Joey! See what I did there? ahaha

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    Ingram killed Starks on that block!!! KILLED!

    • http://twitter.com/pels04 Pels04

      I loved that! Forced the INT then blasted Starks

  • bolthead612

    Love it…. T-REX was a monster! BOLT UP!!!

  • Anonymous

    Your grammar is pathetic.

  • miketuck

    Ingram will win the Rookie of the Year award. He showed absolute fieceness in putting pressure on defenses. award this guy now. The other bright spot was brown. Royal was brought in and will return but I really thought after last year Brown would win the slot position or WR over meachum. Brown and Floyd will be the biggest treat next to Gates.

  • miketuck

    Corey Lynch showed well as did Atari Bigby. The secoundary looks better and the defense as a whole looked great. I’ll credit that most of all to the game planning of Pagano who knows the meaning of pressure. Meachum who threw fairey dust on alot of Charger fans wasn’t all that impressive but a journeyman that he’s always been. On the otherhand Brown looks as if he could give any WR in the league a run for his money. Following the Chargers last year, and watching Brown and Rivers work, I thought Brown was Jacksons future replacement. Now I’m sure of it. Browns ability to not wait for the ball but go and get it shows he’s alot better skilled than Royal or Meachum. I think we could have developed Aritutu too, but Smith sent him packing for a guy that won’t make this years roster.

  • miketuck

    I’d also like to give a shout out to Bront Bird and Andrew Gackar for their efforts and fine play. I was doubtful about Bird last year but he’s really stepped up which could spell doom for them if Smith has his” it’s got to be one of my guy” things going on. I thought Bird outplayed Mouton in the game.

  • miketuck

    Yep! just looked at the boxscore and it didn’t surprise me Bird led in tackles and a 1/2 sack. A sure sign he’ll be on the way out.