LOS ANGELES -- He wasn't part of the Los Angeles Chargers' offseason program until minicamp.
When he finally arrived, Melvin Ingram did so boisterously.
"We're definitely going to win the Super Bowl," he announced this week. "Still ASAP -- Any Squad Any Place. That's what we're about."
Ingram, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end entering his eighth season, never has been shy about making brash, sweeping statements.
After the Chargers were eliminated from the playoffs in January by New England, he said: "We didn't win the Super Bowl. We didn't accomplish nothing."
The Chargers are considered to be among the top teams in the NFL. At 12-4, they finished tied with Kansas City for the AFC's best record in 2018.
Their roster has remained mostly intact, their offense led by a likely Hall of Fame-bound quarterback and their defense featuring speed and versatility.
Running back Melvin Gordon also recently touted his team's prospects on ESPN's "NFL Live" show, saying the Chargers will be the ones to beat in a difficult AFC West, a division he called "no joke."
"We're the team to beat in the NFL, not just the AFC West, it's the NFL," Ingram insisted. "We feel like when we're going against our offense that we need to beat them because they're the best. They need to beat us because we're the best. That's how we're going to get better."
Asked about Ingram's supreme confidence, Gordon smiled and said: "That's Mel being Mel. Mel's gonna talk that talk ... . I like to talk that talk too. But I'm going to be cool, man, and just see what's gonna happen."