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Still Waiting For Manti Te’o To Make an Impact

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te

I loved the selection of Manti Te’o in the draft for the San Diego Chargers, but I still have been waiting for him to make an impact on the defense. Still waiting. Some people are already floating the word BUST around, but that is too early for something like that. I won’t be making the excuses for him though. He has been on the field for a little bit now, but still has not had that big time performance.

He did sneak a tackle for loss on Robert Griffin III in the game. It could have been called a sack, but I guess RGIII was going to run the football. He did have 9 tackles in the game as well.

He just has not been the game changer. He just has not been the impact player yet. I still have the high hopes for him. He puts in the work. He watches film. Hopefully he can bulk up over the offseason and will learn how to take on some blockers also.

He is going to get a ton of reps in the middle and will keep learning. Hopefully that big impact will come this weekend against Peyton Manning.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • Tazzster

    I guess it depends on your expectations.

    With your first round pick you EXPECT a starter and an impact player. I would say Fluker has met that expectation. He was the highlight of the Eddie Royal touchdown in the Washington game – getting down field to level a cornerback.

    With your second round pick you would EXPECT a starter… I’m not sure if you expect an impact player. Maybe someone who becomes an impact player in a couple of years. The same could be said for your 3rd round pick.

    Then your 4th and 5th round guys are players you hope to develop into starters.

    With those EXPECTATIONS I would say Manti is on track, as well as Fluker… while Keenan Allen looks like a steal.

    • C.Steele

      You noticed Fluker on that Royal touchdown play too?! Hahaha! He looked like a streaking behemoth on a seek and destroy mission. Awesome! And, I was actually thinking the same thing in terms of how much to do expect from a rookie, with much depending on which round they were selected in. Further, we can’t forget he missed just about the entirety of the pre-season and the first 2-3 games of the regular season. So, he is essentially learning on the job. He will take his bumps and bruises this year. Learn from it (probably start to show strides of improvement late in the season). Get stronger in the off-season and be ready to Rock and Roll next season! GoBolts!

  • Tazzster

    I guess it depends on your expectations.

    With your first round pick you EXPECT a starter and an impact player. I would say Fluker has met that expectation. He was the highlight of the Eddie Royal touchdown in the Washington game – getting down field to level a cornerback.

    With your second round pick you would EXPECT a starter… I’m not sure if you expect an impact player. Maybe someone who becomes an impact player in a couple of years. The same could be said for your 3rd round pick.

    Then your 4th and 5th round guys are players you hope to develop into starters.

    With those EXPECTATIONS I would say Manti is on track, as well as Fluker… while Keenan Allen looks like a steal.

  • Tazzster

    I guess it depends on your expectations.

    With your first round pick you EXPECT a starter and an impact player. I would say Fluker has met that expectation. He was the highlight of the Eddie Royal touchdown in the Washington game – getting down field to level a cornerback.

    With your second round pick you would EXPECT a starter… I’m not sure if you expect an impact player. Maybe someone who becomes an impact player in a couple of years. The same could be said for your 3rd round pick.

    Then your 4th and 5th round guys are players you hope to develop into starters.

    With those EXPECTATIONS I would say Manti is on track, as well as Fluker… while Keenan Allen looks like a steal.

  • Tazzster

    I guess it depends on your expectations.

    With your first round pick you EXPECT a starter and an impact player. I would say Fluker has met that expectation. He was the highlight of the Eddie Royal touchdown in the Washington game – getting down field to level a cornerback.

    With your second round pick you would EXPECT a starter… I’m not sure if you expect an impact player. Maybe someone who becomes an impact player in a couple of years. The same could be said for your 3rd round pick.

    Then your 4th and 5th round guys are players you hope to develop into starters.

    With those EXPECTATIONS I would say Manti is on track, as well as Fluker… while Keenan Allen looks like a steal.

  • Tazzster

    I guess it depends on your expectations.

    With your first round pick you EXPECT a starter and an impact player. I would say Fluker has met that expectation. He was the highlight of the Eddie Royal touchdown in the Washington game – getting down field to level a cornerback.

    With your second round pick you would EXPECT a starter… I’m not sure if you expect an impact player. Maybe someone who becomes an impact player in a couple of years. The same could be said for your 3rd round pick.

    Then your 4th and 5th round guys are players you hope to develop into starters.

    With those EXPECTATIONS I would say Manti is on track, as well as Fluker… while Keenan Allen looks like a steal.

  • Tazzster

    I guess it depends on your expectations.

    With your first round pick you EXPECT a starter and an impact player. I would say Fluker has met that expectation. He was the highlight of the Eddie Royal touchdown in the Washington game – getting down field to level a cornerback.

    With your second round pick you would EXPECT a starter… I’m not sure if you expect an impact player. Maybe someone who becomes an impact player in a couple of years. The same could be said for your 3rd round pick.

    Then your 4th and 5th round guys are players you hope to develop into starters.

    With those EXPECTATIONS I would say Manti is on track, as well as Fluker… while Keenan Allen looks like a steal.

  • tubbs45

    Defensive rookies, specifically Safeties and Middle Linebacker have a huge transition in responsibility. I am happy to say that he has been solid in a linebacking core that has been hampered by injuries (specifically Butler). Has he been great, no, but there are moments that I see him picking things up and starting to attack the offense.

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

    If I were Manti Te’O, I would get as much footage of Kiko Alonso that I could, and watch it until my eyes bled. He is stepping up huge for the Bills in his first year! Maybe even watch some tape of Alec Ogletree. Maybe he could pick up some good pointers on how a rookie can still contribute at a high level, without having years of experience in the league. Watching & learning from Vets is definitely the thing to do, but they are much more advanced. They are doing things Te’O probably won’t do naturally until his second or third year. Just a thought.

  • joerockt

    Soft and Timid. Those were my first words in the Skins game day thread. Just as suspected, he’s getting beat up by larger defensive linemen. He’s not coming off blocks or trying to avoid them altogether. He’s that guy who stands around the pile because he couldn’t get to the ball. You watch his ND games and he’s a completely different player. A fired up leader who know’s what he’s doing out there.

    I was on the fence with this guy, but I’m falling off to the not impressed side. Why do we always seem to get rookies that need time to develop??? Its so annoying.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      can’t say always.. we have 2 this year that have stepped up big time

      • joerockt

        True. Guess I meant to say with the old regime.

    • ThePrufessa

      i knew he was gonna be a bust when he totally disappeared in the championship game last season. when went up against that gigantic alabama team and had NO impact on the game i started saying bust. and i’m still saying it.

  • 1961 Fan

    Another Emil Karas he is NOT.

  • lex

    He’s 1 of two MLB’s out there. Butler is out, wait until he’s back in and Teo’s stats should go up as they run more plays his way instead of Butler’s.

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