A Tip Of The Hat: The Chargers Youth Movement of 2013

By Peter Thompson
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Melvin Ingram:

I know he played last year (not enough, if you ask me), but Melvin Ingram impressed us all, after returning from a serious ACL tear in OTA’s. Not only was he miraculously healthy for the Giants game, but he gave this defense a much needed boost. He came on slowly, but finished surely. He started out by almost forcing a strip-sack on Eli Manning in his first game back, and progressively improved with each game. His best performance came in the Wild-Card Round victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was breathing down Andy Dalton’s neck all day. He ended up sealing the game with an impressive interception. We haven’t fared very well against the Bengals in recent years, so it was nice to finally turn the corner. We beat them in the playoffs, and let them know that they won’t be pushing us around anymore. Melvin Ingram is back, folks! Despite missing a lot of time to injury, I am calling his 2013 campaign a successful one. I look forward to more of the same in 2014, but with a higher sack total.