The second and third rookie contracts have been signed today. Darrell Stuckey, as well as Dedrick Epps, are now officially chargers after each signed a four year contract. Stuckey, a strong-side safety, is one of two on the roster in that position. The other would be Steve Gregory. Expect the faster Stuckey to get a lot of reps and some playing time. Epps, a tight end, will be learning from the best tight end duo in the NFL. With Antonio Gates and Randy McMichael likely being the first and second tight ends, you might get to see Epps shift in and out of the full back position or go out wide.With the remaining question marks in our receiving corps, you can expect to see a ton of tight end action in this years offense.
I’m sure news about contracts being signed is welcome in San Diego. Lately, with all of these holdout talks, it’s been pretty taxing because we have no projected end in sight other than the speculation that Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill could hold out as late as after week eleven. As long as they get six games in the books, they will pick up an accrued season.
To say that this summer has been turbulent for the Chargers this summer would be an understatement. So far, we have had two rookies and two returners get cut, two star players in a standoff with management, and a partridge in a bloody pear tree. These past weeks have been icing on an ugly cake after the departures of several of last years starters earlier in the off-season.
Sometimes you have to think about last season. We got a lot younger at some positions, and there was a 2-3 start to the season. Injuries led to five different combinations of starting offensive linemen throughout the season. If our linemen on both sides of the ball can stay healthy then we can get away with getting younger and still make championship runs. We have to stay strong in the trenches if we want to get in the end zone and hang with the rest of the best in the post season. The only thing that can be said so far is that this is going to be a hell of a ride.