DE Melvin Ingram provides much-needed energy for Chargers in return game – Press Enterprise

DE Melvin Ingram provides much-needed energy for Chargers in return game – Press Enterprise

INGLEWOOD — Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said during the week that defensive end Melvin Ingram would be on a snap count if he played Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ingram played, but he rarely came off the field during the Chargers’ 39-29 victory at SoFi Stadium.

“No such thing as a snap count for me,” Ingram said. “It’s kinda hard because once I’m in the heat of the battle, man, all I know is what I need to do for the team.”

The Chargers needed a boost from their energetic pass rusher and team captain to snap a four-game losing streak.

Ingram, who returned from a three-game absence because of a knee injury, contributed two of the Chargers’ nine quarterback hits on Gardner Minshew. The Chargers also sacked him five times.

The Chargers lacked defensive line depth for three games with Ingram and defensive tackle Justin Jones on injured reserve. The starters returned Sunday and made life difficult for Minshew, who didn’t complete a pass in the first quarter.

But the Chargers’ defense struggled in the second and third quarters, as the Jaguars erased a 16-0 deficit and held a 29-22 lead with 2:54 left in the third quarter.

Lynn said he didn’t talk to the team before the game, at halftime nor while the Jaguars rallied. He wanted his defensive leaders like Ingram, cornerback Casey Hayward and defensive tackles Damion Square and Linval Joseph to regain control of the game.

The Jaguars didn’t score in the fourth quarter and finished with 294 yards.

Ingram said his knee injury didn’t bother him, and reiterated that he’s not from this planet.

“I’m always trying to rush an injury,” Ingram said. “No matter how it go. I feel like I ain’t from this planet. I’m a machine. I heal a little different.”

The Chargers missed Ingram’s unique personality on the field.

REED BACK ON TRACK

Rookie Joe Reed was asked to do a lot as a wide receiver, running back and kick returner. It might have been too much to start the season, but Reed appeared comfortable versus the Jaguars.

Reed contributed a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Chargers a 9-0 lead. It was his first game back since being a healthy scratch versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

“Definitely frustrating, but it’s about having a positive outlook,” Reed said about being inactive. “More mental reps and taking those two weeks to learn more from the guys who were still playing.”

Lynn said earlier in the week he was fine with Reed’s progression, but that it was hard to keep him active for games because of the many injuries.

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