San Diego Chargers DE Dwight Freeney wants to make an impact when he makes his return to the field. He is ready to prove that he still can get the job done. He is ready to prove that he can still blast off of the edge and kill a quarterback.
After going down with a quad injury last season, fans wondered if he was going to be able to play another down in the NFL. He is on the field this offseason and expects to make an impact.
Here is Freeney’s thoughts on his progress to this point.
“I’m getting there,” Freeney said, per ESPN. “I’m moving around better than I anticipated. This is the first time that I had to go against guys — having to make a move on a guy. I’ve planned all offseason for that. But to actually go out there and feel pretty much good, that’s a good thing.”
If Freeney can get back on the field and become the ferocious pass rusher that he once was, then the Chargers will get a huge boost in their pass defense. The team already has made upgrades on the roster in the secondary. With a strong pass rush up front, the team could start forcing action and forcing turnovers.
The team needs someone who can get after the quarterback. The team needs someone who can explode off of the line of scrimmage and create some havoc in the backfield. Freeney will be the guy that is trusted to make that impact. He has done it in the past and will be looking to do it this season.