DE Andre Coleman
Coleman (6'3", 287 lbs.) is filled with unrefined athleticism. Although Coleman needs to polish his techniques if he wants a roster spot, he has a supreme ability to collapse the pocket with quickness. Coleman recognizes his need to continue developing his skills and techniques in order to prosper.
"I can't just strong-arm guys anymore because people are as strong as I am," Coleman said. "At this level, you have to rely on your technique. Little things like which hand you put down or the movement of an offensive lineman's shoulder can make all the difference."
Lucky for Coleman, defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely prefers to use all the linemen at his disposal, rotating them on a frequent basis. This is an ideal situation that could give Coleman a promising edge, as he is equipped with impressive speed and pass-rushing skills. Frequently compared to ex-Charger DeQuincy Scott, Coleman knows he is being coached by one of the game's best.
"Coach Nunnely is great," Coleman said. "During that first Mini Camp (in 2007), I was trying to do too much and was doing everything too fast. He pulled me aside and told me to get my technique down and that everything else would come after that."
Coleman will have to battle with fellow second-year lineman Keith Grennan. Grennan (6'4", 298 lbs.) has impressive work ethic and a grinding force that keeps him popular among the coaches.
DE Keith Grennan
"Before my rookie season, I had never been exposed to a 3-4 scheme, but I think I'm well suited for the defense," Grennan said. "I have the size and speed to play outside and bring pressure off the edge, and the size to play 3-technique inside against the run."
While Grennan is focused on putting in extra time on and off the field, he recognizes the need to study the playbook. While Castillo, Williams and Olshansky form one of the top starting lines in the NFL, Grennan sees the benefit from standing behind them and absorbing their knowledge and actions on the field.
"I think those three players are all so fundamentally sound," he said. "I learn so much from watching them play. They've been really good about giving me pointers and answering any of my questions. They've told me to stay focused, go hard on every play and make every rep count."
A Veteran's Vantage Point
Both Grennan and Coleman quickly caught the attention of one of their veteran mentors. Here's what Bingham said about them in an interview last off-season:
"Andre Coleman has impressive so far. He reminds me of ex-Charger DeQuincy Scott. Keith Grennan is another good looking player. He is strong, quick and has a lot of potential."