Shawne Merriman's Presence Felt At Start Of '09 Training Camp

Shawne Merriman, with a brace on his knee and a blue mohawk on his head, was the star of practice today. As the team kicked off the start of their 2009 training camp, only the rookies were required to report today. Merriman, too eager to get back on the field, was out practicing with his young teammates as one of only a handfull of veterans participating. "I don't think there's anyone more ready than me right now to play football again" he says.

If Merriman was showing trepidation towards his knee today, it certainly didn't show. He was moving laterally, running and jumping, showing burst and explosion. The coaching staff monitored Merriman's workload, but he looks to be cleared to participate fully. "They gave me a helmet and a jersey, that's all the clearance I need."

The team practiced sans pads today, so Merriman's prowess couldn't be fully displayed. Itching for contact, Merriman had to resort to "banging my head on the goalpost" since he wasn't allowed to actually hit anyone. Asked if he'd play in the preseason, Merriman said "I better get one play. I better get one play. I'll be furious if I don't get one play. I might not make it but I just want to hit someone and then go to the sidelines. If I get that, I'm happy. I expect to play a little bit. Hopefully I'll be allowed to get on the field."

The fans are anxious to see Lights Out play football again, and it's easy to overlook the work Shawne Merriman was put in in order to get his knee back to full strength. We sometimes take for granted that guys will come back the next season and be at 100%. It's important to acknowledge the work these guys do simply to prepare their bodies for an NFL season. Merriman described his rehab process as "ridiculous", spending 4 hours a day, 5 days a week working on recovering his knee; "The hours I put into my body over the last seven to eight months...ridiculous. Ridiculous. That's all you can really say."

Like a caged animal, Merriman is itching and scratching to be unleashed. At times he seems angry, not at anyone in particular, just angry at the situation. He doesn't want to talk about contracts. He doesn't want to hear people doubting him or his abilities. He hates feeling helpless when his teammates are struggling to get off the field on third downs. He knows he could have made a difference last season, and it's almost like he's preparing himself to make up for the time the missed. Merriman has high expectations for himself and his team; he is focused on the task at hand and he's playing with a chip on his shoulder. It'll be fun to watch Merriman try to retake the NFL by storm.

July 27, 2009

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Chunt2318 said... Jul 27, 2009, 3:00:00 PM

Thanks for the update and the pics ;). Hope he continues to improve. Can't wait to see on the field.

Mark said... Jul 28, 2009, 11:22:00 AM

After reading this article, this is reason AJ MUST sign Merriman to an extension. The dude is a gamer and I think he is the heart and soul of what embodies this roster. I wish these practices were open to the public to see Merriman ready to go ballistic!


Anonymous said... Jul 29, 2009, 12:29:00 PM

Lights out for you merriman. Cant wait to see him carted off the field. The must underacheiving team ever, norv turner.... good luck with that...

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2009, 11:29:00 AM

Besides ill will and sarcasm, you say the Chargers are the "Most underacheiving team ever"?!?! Have you been bunking with Osama? Three straight division titles and 54 wins in 5 years (a franchise record and 4th-best in the NFL in the last five years), including a 9-0 record in Decembers under Norv; doesn't any of that signal a bit of "acheivement" (spelled "achievement" BTW)to you?! Do you want the Truth?! Hell, you can't HANDLE the Truth!!

Anonymous said... Aug 2, 2009, 6:24:00 PM

Resign Merriman? Who knows with AJ. He keeps everything so close to the vest. Hard to say. Lights Out does not want to talked about it either. Let it shake its self out. worry about it next off season. The team focused what right in front of them not next years FA season.

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