Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) disrupts the pass of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Dwight Freeney will be back for another season with the San Diego Chargers. Like Malcom Floyd, his status for the coming season was up in the air after finishing last year with a torn quad. He will be getting back into the swing of things this season and he has some “unfinished business” to take care of.
“I’m very fired up,” he said. “I have unfinished business here. I haven’t played a full year, so that alone sets a bar of motivation for me. I’m very excited for this season.” – Chargers.com
Freeney’s return will give the Chargers some needed help getting pressure on the quarterback. Freeney wasn’t able to produce many sacks while he was with the Chargers, only racking up 0.5 sacks last season, but he was able to get up the field to force quicker throws. He was also able to force quarterbacks out of the pocket. He would be a huge boost to the defense if he is able to get back to form.
Freeney will be a big influence in the Chargers defense. He still wants to get that opportunity to sack Peyton Manning. He will also be able to help the defense by working with Melvin Ingram and the other young pass rushers on the roster. He is ready to get working with the young guys now:
“It should be great to rejoin that group,” he said. “I’m going to meet with all the young players, including Melvin, to help their game out. I want to give them any knowledge I can to help raise their game. I want to see their careers explode. That’s what I’m here for, so I’m really excited to be back out there.”
The defense needs some love and Freeney is one of the vets that could make a huge impact for the roster. He needs to stay healthy though and we will be expecting him to get to the quarterback over and over again.