The Chargers could have a potentially strong rotation at outside linebacker if Melvin Ingram is the real deal and others can stay healthy. Ingram will be fighting for snaps with Antwan Barnes, Travis LaBoy and Larry English opposite Shaun Phillips. Barnes led the team with 11 sacks last year. Ingram knows he was brought in to contribute immediately.
"We believe we have gotten more athletic, faster and more dangerous at rushing the passer," genral manager A.J. Smith said. The Chargers were last in the league in 2011 in third-down defense.
Coach Norv Turner said Ingram isn't the only one expected to show well early. He said the next two picks, defensive tackle Kendall Reyes and strong safety Brandon Taylor will be asked to absorb the learning curve quickly. "We got three athletic players that have had great production in college," Turner said. "They all come in and are able to contribute right away." Reyes and Taylor's initial work could come on special teams.
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