Some quick San Diego Chargers news bits for the week, including Vincent Jackson getting love from the Ocho Cinco News Network, the possibility of Nick Hardwick getting some playing time this week after missing the last 3 months, and Jon Runyan pulling on a run block giving defenders nightmares...
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THE OCHO CINCO NEWS NETWORK DECLARES CHARGERS WR VINCENT JACKSON MOST DESERVING FIRST-TIME PRO BOWLER
Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has launched his own news network called the OCNN, where he has posed the following question to his fans: "Which underrated player deserves to make his first Pro Bowl?"
Among the selections were San Diego's Vincent Jackson, Eagles Tight End Brent Celek, WR Steve Smith of the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills CB Jarius Byrd, and LB Curtis Lofton of the Atlanta Falcons.
Garnering 29% of the public vote, Vincent Jackson was named the most deserving first-time Pro Bowler, beating out Jarius Byrd who received 24& of the votes.
NICK HARDWICK, JON RUNYAN COULD SEE PLAYING TIME THIS WEEK
Norv Turner is optimistic that his Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick will soon return to the field. While he may not play the full game, Turner would like to see Hardwick get some game time action.
"He will take over as the starter when he’s ready to do it," says Norv Turner. "I envision him going in this game and maybe getting him 20-25 snaps if he’s ready to go."
As for the recently signed Jon Runyan, he is getting up to speed with the offense and may see some snaps himself. He doesn't seem ready yet for a starting role, but it'd be good to see him knock some people around.
"I’ve seen enough to know he can be active and be an active participant and be a good player for us just watching him practice last week," coach Turner explains. "Now the issue is getting him up to speed. We were laughing about it this morning. He’s talking about learning the offense and the system and the changes and he says, ‘Then I go out there and we play a game and there’s about six or eight code words that aren’t in the book, that I’ve never heard. Everyone just knows what they are,’ in terms of our audible system and all that. He’s a lot more comfortable than he was a week ago. We’ll see how it goes this week. There’s a chance he’ll be active this week."
JON RUNYAN ONE OF THE SCARIEST PLAYERS IN THE NFL ACCORDING TO PLAYERS
Pretty funny article from ESPN, can't imagine what it would be like trying to get past an angry bull like Jon Runyan:
Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan is regarded as a fearless player, aggressive in coverage and against the run. Ask him about a nightmare scenario, and it doesn't take him long to come up with one involving a notorious Philadelphia Eagles tandem.
"A screen with Jon Runyan with [Brian] Westbrook behind him," he said. "One-on-one with Runyan with Westbrook behind him for a touchdown. Oh my goodness. I know I am going to have to go through him if it's for a touchdown. I'm just thinking about what body part I am going to use that could be injured. Shoulder? Neck? Back? Those three things I would be highly worried about with Runyan.
"I think if you go low on Runyan, he may drop the knee somewhere. So I think you have to stay high and just let him baptize you. That's probably what I would do. You know when you go backwards and your head hits first and you wake up as if somebody baptized you or blessed you? I think that would be Runyan right there, all day, every day."
Philadelphia's Runyan, the only active player in the league who suited up for the Houston Oilers, is in his 13th season. Finnegan has played against the Eagles only once, his rookie season in 2006, and encountered Runyan just once in that game.
"He plays the game at a high level, he's a nasty player," Finnegan said of the 6-7, 330-pound Runyan. "He got his hands on me when we played Philly and he threw me about 25 yards away from the play, and the play wasn't even around me. So I just know if he got his hands on me and he was the lead blocker on a screen that it could be detrimental to my health."
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