LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon
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Top pick: OLB Melvin Ingram (first round, No. 18 overall) — GM A.J. Smith targeted improving the pass rush and his mission was accomplished with Ingram, who surprisingly fell to San Diego. Ingram has impressed throughout training camp. With limited playing time in two preseason games, Ingram has frequently pressured the QB and has five tackles and a sack. Ingram will likely supplant Jarrett Johnson (free agent, Ravens) for the starting job. Grade: A+

QB — In: (2) Philip Rivers and Charlie Whitehurst (free agent, Seahawks). Out: Jarrett Lee (undrafted, LSU). Analysis: Lee is starting to show he could develop into a quality NFL QB, but the Chargers will likely try to sneak him on the practice squad to free up a roster spot.

Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson might play in Friday’s preseason game against San Diego. At least Vikings coach Leslie Frazier did not rule out the possibility. “We’ll probably just see how he does with some of the stuff that we’ll give him and probably make a determination by Tuesday or Wednesday if we want to do any more,” Frazier said, via 1500ESPN.com.

The injury, sustained in the third quarter of Saturday’s exhibition 28-20 exhibition victory over the Dallas Cowboys, will keep Brown sidelined through a considerable portion of the first half of the season with an eight-week timetable. The Chargers have determined it’s worth it to try and keep him on the 53-man roster though after Brown showed flashes last season in his four starts (13 receptions, 234 yards and one touchdown).

Dishonorable Mention – Morris Claiborne, cornerback – First round pick Claiborne needed a strong  showing last night to turn the tide of doubters starting to rise up against him. He did little towards swaying those opinions Saturday. Claiborne had two tackles but was virtually invisible for the most part. Not exactly what  you want to see in your first round pick. And compared to the play of Brandon Carr, Claiborne looked even worse. But the kid deserves a break with injuries slowing his progress in OTAs and training camp. Still, Cowboy fans want to see that number six pick live up to it’s potential. And they have never been know for their patience. Then again, we kept McGee around for four years, so who knows…

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