Column: San Diegans Lloyd, Olave build on NFL success

The NFL isn’t too fast for Chris Olave.

The receiver from San Diego County leads all NFL rookies with 268 receiving yards and has averaged nearly 16 yards per catch and six receptions per game.

Injuries to teammates have forced the San Ysidro-born Olave, 22, into a larger role. He responded Sunday with nine catches for 147 yards in New Orleans’ 22-14 road loss to the Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.


Stationed mostly on the perimeter, he’s become an NFL deep threat, just five years after leading Mission Hills High to a CIF-San Diego Section title game. Across the three NFL games, he’s drawn throws of at least 20 yards on nearly 40 percent of his targets, catching four of 10.

Facing two fellow first-round draftees Sunday, he fared better against speedster E.J. Henderson (3 catches in three targets, 72 yards) than physical Jaycee Horn (0 for 2).

Olave, who left Ohio State as the school’s career leader in touchdown receptions with 35, seeks his first TD.

Sunday, he’ll go against a Vikings team whose head coach, Kevin O’Connell, quarterbacked La Costa Canyon and San Diego State.

SD success v. Team Spanos

Three former San Diegans aided Jacksonville’s 38-10 win over a Chargers team favored at home.

Rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd (Otay Ranch) lent versatility to a defense that, exploiting injuries at quarterback and up front, held Team Spanos to its third-lowest point total in 35 games started by Justin…

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