“Thank God Larry’s here,” said
Johnson wasn’t alone in his steadfast support of English’s ability to step in and contribute.
“Melvin is a tough loss obviously, but we’ve all got to step up,” said
According to English, Head Coach Mike McCoy addressed the team today and said the opportunity is there for someone to fill the void Ingram leaves behind. English is determined to be that guy.
“I wouldn’t say there’s pressure, but there is going to be a lot expected of me, and I expect a lot out of myself,” he said. “I’m just concentrating on being able to provide what the team needs. Coach McCoy emphasized to all of us that now is the time for someone to step up and provide what we’ll miss from Melvin, and I have that opportunity now to be the guy the team needs.”
English has appeared in just 43 games over his first four seasons, missing the majority of his second and third year due to a myriad of injuries. To date, he’s recorded 50 tackles and 8.5 sacks, but now he has the chance to prove he is capable of much more.
“I have high expectations of myself to be a playmaker,” said English. “I want to pressure the quarterback and exploit the defense. I’ll do whatever it takes to be whatever it is the team needs me to be.”
Still, just because English and his teammates believe he can step up in Ingram’s place, that doesn’t mean they don’t feel awful about the situation.
“Don’t get me wrong, we’ll miss Melvin,” said Johnson. “His temperament and his attitude are phenomenal and we were predicting a huge year for him. We feel bad for him to have this happen, especially in an OTA.”
While it is unknown how much time he’ll miss, there is every indication that Ingram will come back as strong as ever. Just ask second year safety
“He’s in for an aggravating process, because you see everyone working and you want to be out there with them,” said Taylor. “But at the same time, it’s not that much of a big deal as it used to be because of the rehab they put us through. The ACL is not that big of a problem. It’s like coming back as good as new.”
Certainly the Chargers hope that’s the case for Ingram. But until he does come back, the team is confident English can hold down the fort.