Rookie Reaction: Q&A with LB Anthony Felder

Michael Kranzler continues his series of rookie interviews with LB Anthony Felder. The undrafted free agent from Cal talks about his experience in the 3-4, his first Mini Camp and his expectations for the upcoming season.

To read Part II -- where Felder talks about fitting into San Diego's defense, learning from the veterans and making the most of his opportunities -- click here.

Michael Kranzler: You're a big snowboarding fan. Since you're in San Diego, how are you at surfing?

Anthony Felder: [Laughing] I've never been surfing. I have no experience in that. I don't like open water, so I'll probably just be on the beach and out of the way.


LB Anthony Felder
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MK: Cal's defense was designed based on the Chargers' 3-4 scheme. What sort of advantage do you feel that gives you compared to your fellow rookies?

AF: The schemes themselves vary quite a bit, but just as far as defenses go, I think that it will give me a little bit of an advantage, just in knowing the ways that opponents will attack the defense. The different looks that I'll get at linebacker will be pretty much the same and the attack angles will be the same. They'll be pretty similar and I think that will be something that I'll have an advantage over someone coming from a 4-3.

MK: Was there anything about your first rookie Mini Camp that you weren't expecting?

AF: Actually, the whole thing was kind of a surprise. I guess half of the teams nowadays do a rookie camp and the other half does a full Mini Camp. I guess I was expecting a rookie camp because I wasn't too well informed, but I was a little surprised when I got there and all the vets were walking around. Other than that, I kind of expected what we would have. Meetings and practices don't really change.

MK: What appeals to you the most about coming to a team like the Chargers?

AF: There's a lot of things. I love San Diego. It's a great city, a great place to live in. You can't beat the weather. I like the Chargers organization. I think that they do a great thing there. I think they're probably going to be contending for a Super Bowl slot this season. The team is stacked at every position, and it's just a great opportunity. I just have to pull a little bit of an advantage coming from the 3-4 defense myself, and those veteran linebackers have tremendous experience and talent that I can learn from.

MK: Is there anything you want to say to Charger fans, or that you would like them to know about you?

AF: I don't know. Hopefully I can contribute to the team, and maybe they'll notice me.

To read Part II -- where Felder talks about fitting into San Diego's defense, learning from the veterans and making the most of his opportunities -- click here.

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