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With Day 1 of rookie minicamp in the books, it was pretty clear which players took it upon themselves to be leaders on the field.
D.J. Fluker was one of those players who stepped up on Friday, and Coach McCoy took notice of his first-round pick assuming that leadership role:
When you see kids that come from Alabama, the way they’ve been coached, he really was the leader out there on offense today. It’s great to see that because we need more guys like that.
Very vocal. Very positive to everybody. (He) broke the team down at the end, and I didn’t ask him to. I wanted to see who would step up, and he stepped up without hesitation. (via chargers.com)
Fluker addressed that role during a press conference after the first day of practice concluded:
Being able to lead the team is one of my passions. I have to be able to earn that role on the field. That’s the main thing. Today was just trying to earn that role and give everything I have. (via chargers.com)
What really impressed me is the fact that Fluker came into camp with such a positive attitude even though he remains the only Chargers' rookie without a contract.