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Interview with Chargers LB Howard Hodges

Howard Hodges

After finishing with the league's second-worst pass defense in 2004, the Chargers are relying on an improved pass rush to remedy that ailment in 2005. While newcomer Shawne Merriman will be counted on to bring the majority of the additional heat, holdover Howard Hodges will have his shot to prove he can turn out some lights as well.

Howard Hodges is a six-foot-two, 255 lb. former defensive end in his second year out of Iowa. He is making the transition to outside linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4 defense, and recently got his first heavy exposure at his new position while playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe. "I'm a lot more comfortable now," Hodges said. "Going to Europe was the best thing for me. Just getting onto...

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