Manti Te’o Set To Make An Impact His Rookie Year

June 11, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te

Daniel Jeremiah of  NFL.com created a list of rookies that he expects to make an impact this season. Number 5 on his list is Chargers rookie middle backer Manti Te’o:

5) Manti Te’o, LB, San Diego Chargers: Te’o was one of the most scrutinized non-quarterback draft prospects I can ever remember. With a poor showing against Alabama in the BCS title game, the off-field drama of the girlfriend hoax and an uninspiring 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine, Te’o drew constant criticism from early January to late April. However, he ultimately landed in the perfect situation with the Chargers. Te’o will line up behind an underrated defensive line, and his fellow inside backer, Donald Butler, will complement his style of play. Te’o was durable (49 starts) and productive (437 career tackles) during his college career, and I expect nothing less during his rookie year.

Where is D.J. Fluker on the list? He is more important to the Chargers this season than Te’o is. If Fluker is unable to step up and lock down the right side of the line, then we could see more struggling in the passing game and the running game.

Anyway, back to the hood of things. I think Manti Te’o can make a huge impact on defense. He is in a great situation on defense. He will get the reps and will be surrounded by good players. I expect him to make plays.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • arnie

    Well Ernie, Te’o is finally getting the attention we all want reporters to focus on, his football skills. TT drafted Te’o based on “all” his games and not just one. And to be frank, the Norte dame was in the BCS title game, because of him. You really don’t have to look further than the draft for proof. How many ND players were drafted, compared to the crimson tide?

  • Matt Dorlaque

    Te’o can’t ask for more. But it’s true Fluker is the larger concern. Since Acee’s statements that he was struggling to pass block, we haven’t heard much regarding his progress.

    • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

      Don’t believe nor pay much attention to Acee. The dude is beyond whack!

      • Adam

        Truth.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Teo has a work hard work ethic that goes perfect with the new core of the Chargers. No one team is going to be able to stop the Bolts except the Bolts.

    • Adam

      I like that. No one will stop us but us. And I don’t see that happening with the discipline of McCoy

  • Alter Ego

    Te’o has a side to him that most people just don’t know…

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I want a few of last year’s rookies to make an impact too, now Norv is finally gone. Mainly Green, Taylor, Molk, and Troutman.

    • Nick in PB

      Peter, good to bring them up too. The rookie class from last year still has a lot to prove. With some proper coaching and the right attitude, I expect to see improvement. I had always thought one of the biggest differences between Norv and Marty was that Marty would pay attention to everyone. No matter if it was a rookie or a veteran. He was a teacher and a coach. I really don’t think Norv was big on technique or teaching it. Hopefully, this new staff will pay a little extra individual attention to “details” and every individual, top to bottom!

    • Adam

      Johnnie troutman! How come nobody mentions him in the expected starting O-Lineman??? Come on he was drafted in the 4 th round knowing that he wouldn’t even play that year! Of course, it is A.J., but still! He was solid at Penn state. WTF

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