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OLB Melvin Ingram and DT Kendall Reyes Not Expected to Start Right Away

Pro Football Weekly reports that don’t look for LB Melvin Ingram and DT Kendall Reyes to have a huge impact right away, as neither are expected to pick up a starting role.

The Chargers made no secret what their desired areas of improvements were when picking a pair of front-seven defenders with their first two picks in the draft. OLB Melvin Ingram and DL Kendall Reyes should fortify the group by adding depth, but also with their pass-rush abilities to be used on third down.

The Chargers like that they won’t need to thrust Ingram into the lineup as an every-snap player thanks to adding ex-Raven Jarrett Johnson in free agency and having Shaun Phillips, Ingram and Antwan Barnes give the Chargers flexibility in their rotation based on the down and distance. Similarly to Ingram, Reyes won’t be starting, at least early on, but he will get his licks as an interior rusher in the team’s nickel to help get into the backfield. At times, Reyes was projected to be a first-rounder.


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