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Te'o believes in himself more than reps

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07:10 AM ET 09.27 | Manti Te'o's 10th snap as a member of the Chargers will come Sunday against the Cowboys. How could he not be rusty? His last tackle in a game was Jan. 8, as a Notre Dame senior against Alabama in the BCS title bout. But to hear Te'o, intangibles trump rust. "Tackling is not hard at all," he said Thursday. "It's a mindset. If you are in the right mindset, you're going to make the tackle. It's in between the ears and what's in the chest." ... "Football is the same game. I've been playing it since I was six years old. Guys who want to hit are going to make tackles. Guys who don't want to hit are going to miss tackles. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm going to miss some on Sunday. But you know what? I'm going to make some too."

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September 27, 2013  07:32 AM ET

must talking about virtual reps.

September 27, 2013  07:33 AM ET

"It's in between the ears.."

Yeah, Manti, just like your girlfriend.

September 27, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Te'o is the new Tebow.

September 27, 2013  08:06 AM ET

If you watch this guy's college film he looked like a prototypical NFL inside LB. He made so many tackles and covered well. He didn't have a great game against Alabama and people have been bagging on his football acumen ever since.

September 27, 2013  08:13 AM ET
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people have been bagging on his football acumen ever since.

not to mention his off field decision making skills too.

September 27, 2013  08:23 AM ET
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not to mention his off field decision making skills too.

Yeah that cost him boo coup draft position

September 27, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Te'o has taken more hits off the field than he'll ever make on the field.

September 27, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Te'o believes a lot of crap. :-)

September 27, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Hey! Another picture of him with his imaginary girlfriend!

BTW, HotClicks looks particularly tasty this morning.

September 27, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Lot of juvenile commentary about the young man's "girlfriend" fiasco, implying it means he won't be much of an NFL LB.
Let's see how he looks at the end of the season.

September 27, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Hey! Another picture of him with his imaginary girlfriend!BTW, HotClicks looks particularly tasty this morning.

<...hums "Hot For Teacher"...>

September 27, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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!BTW, HotClicks looks particularly tasty this morning.

She was quite the topic of discussion last night.

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September 27, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Guess I'll have to watch that 'Bama game again because I don't recall Teo hitting anything but air and turf as they gave up 265 on the ground.

September 27, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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Full photo.....

<tasteful golf applause...>

September 27, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Full photo.....

Nice!!!

September 27, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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<tasteful golf applause...>

I tried to clap too but my tongue kept getting in the way!

September 27, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Full photo.....

Uh Huh........yum

 
September 27, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Full photo.....

mmm..yes, that works!!

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