Chargers CB Franklin stepping up

Gabe Franklin knew he had to step up his game to begin a career in the NFL. With a chance at a roster spot, or even a practice squad nod, he has turned the heat on his competitors, a fact that has not gone unnoticed to the Chargers' coaching staff.

Coming out of Boise State, Gabe Franklin fell out of the draft and had to sign on as an undrafted free agent.

Since arriving to camp, he has played like a seasoned veteran. On Wednesday, Franklin was blanketing receivers, swatting away numerous balls and getting accolades and high fives from his position coach, Brian Stewart.

His main goal when he arrived in town was not technique or film work, but working on his own body.

"Just my overall strength, really," Franklin explained. "I can get a lot stronger with the help of the training staff in San Diego and be able to bump those guys a little bit more. There are some real physical guys out there at receiver. That's the main thing, but everything."

Ironically, he has been doing just fine at making the receivers work to get off the line early in camp and already has a leg up on the competition with his solid play.

A four year starter at cornerback for Boise State, Franklin started all 51 games of his career and notched 18 career interceptions, third best in Boise State annals and tallied 55 pass breakups.

Through six days of camp, Franklin and pass breakups have become a common theme.

It is funny how things work out. Franklin did not have San Diego on his initial list as an undrafted free agent. To be honest, he was hoping he didn't have to make a list. But he couldn't be happier with the results.

"I was hoping to get drafted, but it didn't work out that way. Everything happens for a reason. I can think I'm in the best situation I can be in. There's been guys who never even got this opportunity."

With his confidence soaring, Franklin is positioning himself for a run at a roster spot.

"Just sit back and suck everything in, following the guys who've been doing it for awhile and hopefully learn the right way. I hope to do the right thing."

And to make the final 45 or the eight man practice squad.

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