Thursday was Ingram's NFL debut. His arms stretch out to 31 1/2 inches. That was too short to impress NFL draft experts in April but long enough to beat an offensive tackle, force an MVP quarterback into an interception, and prompt double teams at Qualcomm Stadium.
Like rookie minicamp, like OTAs, like minicamp, like training camp, the No. 18 pick was sharp, starting in place of outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (hamstring) and playing into the third quarter.
Ingram's forced interception of Aaron Rodgers — Cason caught the wobbler — was one of five turnovers in the first quarter.
On fourth-and-2 late in the first, Ingram broke past Packers tackle Herb Taylor's outside shoulder, burst toward Rodgers and, with outstretched arms, decked Rodgers to disrupt his throwing motion.
“He brings a physical presence,” Turner said. “He's brought it from the first day he got here. He showed up at a high level when we put pads on. He's learning, so I think when he's more comfortable with what we're doing, he's going to be even more physical and be more explosive.”
Said safety Eric Weddle: “He's as advertised.”
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According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, first-round pick OLB Melvin Ingram has "stood out with his athleticism, physicality and still-raw instincts.""I think he's going to be really special," coach Norv Turner said. "He's got a very physical presence. You look at those outside linebackers that have had great success in this league, and they have a physical presence." Ingram will see most of his rookie snaps at outside linebacker, but is expected to rush the passer from other areas, as well. He's worth keeping an eye on in IDP leagues. Aug 7 - 12:57 PMSource: Union-Tribune San Diego