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A speedster, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Benjamin arrived in March on a four-year contract that has $13 million in guaranteed money. Benjamin, 26, who missed the final practice of Chargers spring camp with an undisclosed injury, led Cleveland Browns wideouts with 68 catches last year and was also a dangerous punt returner.
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Off the field, Ingram is an aspiring rap musician who in 2015 released a full-length mixtape entitled "From Nothing to Something." His favorite song on the tape is called "Pops," which is a tribute to his late father, George Melvin Ingram, Jr., who died of a massive heart attack in 1998. It was Ingram’s father who many years ago predicted that his infant son would one day play in the NFL.
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The routes they run are very different, as the above diagram shows. The huge discrepancy in "go" routes, among others, leads to an average depth of target that is 3.4 yards lower (13.2 for outside receivers versus 9.8 from the slot). But that number might obscure what is becoming one of the most difficult jobs in football – defending the two-way go route out of the slot. With no sideline to use to his advantage, the slot corner is vulnerable to a route on either side of where the receiver is lining up.
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At 35 years old Boldin is coming off of a slight down year, but he still produced above-average play, catching 69 passes for 789 yards and extending his streak of positive receiving grades to nine straight seasons. That’s perhaps more impressive considering his quarterback Colin Kaeparnick was the league’s second-lowest graded passer in 2015 – just 65 percent of Boldin’s 113 targets were catchable, a figure that ranked in the bottom half of the league and looks even worse considering those passes travelled an average of only 8.3 yards downfield. It’s hard to imagine he won’t find a team by the start of the regular season, despite going unsigned to this point.