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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Last year Melvin Ingram really earned his paychecks. Joey Bosa was out for most of the season with a foot injury and Ingram carried the Chargers defense all the way to the playoffs. It was a gutsy effort from one of the better outside linebackers in the league and this guy is definitely starting to make a name for himself.
Ingram is coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances and he’s such a key piece in everything this team is trying to accomplish. So you ask yourself what makes the 30 year old pass rusher so special? Well the first thing you’ll notice about Ingram is he lines up everywhere. The Chargers blitz him from the left side and the right side of the defensive line plus he’ll loop inside to the B gaps. Once Melvin Ingram fires there’s no stopping his relentless attack and he won’t quit until he gets to the quarterback. It doesn’t stop there though. We’re talking about a player who tips and intercepts passes, forces fumbles, and someone who always comes up big during crunch time. His backside pursuit is also incredible and so many times on film Ingram ran down ball carriers from the far side of the play. At any moment he can use a spin move to beat offensive linemen and rarely do those blockers keep up. It’s clear this is one of the most underrated players in all of football and his tape is up there with the best of them. Von Miller and Khalil Mack are the cream of the crop when we’re talking about outside linebackers who can make an impact. Melvin Ingram is not that far behind those two and he can flat out take over games. It’s rare to see someone who is so dominant against these other elite athletes but number 54 on the Chargers makes it look easy.
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Melvin Ingram is good enough to carry a defense all by himself and he proved it last year.