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Chargers sign Ryon Bingham; training camp looms

Ryon Bingham, the San Diego Chargers seventh round pick out of the University of Nebraska, signed a three-year deal on Thursday. The 6-3 nose guard is somewhat relieved to have his contract done but mentioned, "I just figured I would sign on time." <br><br>

With the contract out of the way he can now focus on the task at hand, competing for playing time on the defensive line.

When the San Diego Chargers drafted Ryon Bingham in the seventh round they saw a man with a tremendous amount of upside. Someone who could clog the middle of the field in the 3-4 defense and give up the greater glory so their linebackers could make plays.

He led all interior linemen on the Nebraska squad in tackles despite the fact that most teams ran away from him. And former defensive coordinator Bo Pelini called the man who benched 225 pounds 33 times an "Ox".

His work is just beginning, however, as training camp begins at the end of the month. Bingham is not ready to put his mind at ease now that the contract is out of the way. He has bigger things, if 303 pounds is not big enough, on his mind.

"I am excited," Bingham said. "Now it is all about performing out on the field and making a difference."

Bingham sits third on the current depth chart and his anxiety won't leave until he makes the squad. The man, often described as a John Parrella clone, has some work ahead of him. Jamal Williams is the starter and assured of a spot on the team and his current backup is Jacques Cesaire, a second year player that made the team as an undrafted free agent.

Being third on the depth chart at this stage of the game, with training camp still to come, doesn't bog Bingham down. He is focused on his play and that alone.

"I don't care about how other people around me are performing," Bingham said. "If I worry about how they play I can get distracted. There are two guys ahead of me with experience, Jamal and Jacques, and I can only control what I do."

July 26 preparations begin in earnest for the rookie defensive tackle. Off to Carson for training camp and in the end he hopes so much more.

Bingham is just the second draft pick to sign with the San Diego Chargers. Fellow seventh rounder Shane Olivea was the first, signing a three year deal on June 25. The Chargers still have nine unsigned draft picks.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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