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Derwin James Showing Leadership, Melvin Ingram Says “Not Just Yet.”

“Slow down, Youngblood.”

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers Minicamp Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It was almost immediate for the rest of his teammates to feel his presence when he stepped on the football field. He also wasted zero time displaying the many traits that preceded him when he picked off a Philip Rivers pass in the end zone during the team’s recent three-day minicamp.

From his position coach to the stars of the team, everyone has something positive to say about the Chargers’ first-round draft pick.

Defensive backs coach Ron Milus can’t seem to stop gushing about the young safety out of Florida State.

“Obviously he has the physical traits — the size and speed. But I think the biggest thing that really sold me is that this is a man’s man. He’s a professional and you can sense that when you talk to him.”

However, veteran outside linebacker Melvin Ingram didn’t mince words when asked about James being a leader already.

“He’s out there doing what he’s supposed to do and making plays, but you don’t come in and do a three-day minicamp and some OTAs and become a leader. That’s not how it works. You’ve got to out your time in the right way.”

I personally like to see a veteran member of the team pump the breaks on James before his head has a chance to inflate. I like the attitude from Ingram as he isn’t afraid to speak his mind to the media, regardless if it comes off in a negative light towards the rookie. It should only further nurture the “haven’t earned anything yet” attitude that this team has embraced under Anthony Lynn.

Ingram’s bookend on the defensive line, third-year star Joey Bosa, trumpeted a different tune when asked about James.

“Watching him move around and the type of body he has, I think he’s a really rangy, long athlete, and the way he covers ground is impressive to me.”

Even with all the chatter, James has been able to keep his head on straight. He’s chosen to stay in town throughout the break in order to get comfortable with his new surroundings.

Up to this point, James seems to be making all the right choices and I would be surprised if he doesn’t reap the benefits.