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Where Does Another Outside LB Fit On The Chargers Roster?

We need a pass rusher! We need a pass rusher!

Mock drafts have us focusing on players like Nick Perry, Whitney Mercilus or Courtney Upshaw, BUT where is the roster spot for these guys?

All of these guys will be an outside linebacker in our system, but our roster is filled with outside backers.

We just brought in Jaret Johnson to be the starter opposite of Shaun Phillips. Off the bench, we have Antwan Barnes, Travis LaBoy and Larry English. Even Darryl Gamble is still on the roster, but he won’t be long if we bring in a guy in the draft. Where does that leave a spot?

The depth at the spot is there, but three of these guys are in the final year of their contracts. Phillips, Barnes and LaBoy will be free agents at the end of the season.

Also, can we really expect Larry to be injury-free this coming season? Shaun had to fight through some injuries last year also and missed 4 games. Double J has been a rock for the Ravens and we can only hope that he continues to be that ironman in a Bolts uniform.

We definitely have the room for an outside linebacker, but it will be interesting to see how Coach Pagano uses them. Phillips is one of our best pass rushers when he is healthy and Barnes, who led the team in sacks last year, will come in for Johnson on passing downs

So where do you use English or the new draft pick? When do they get the opportunity to show that they can get after the quarterback? How do you use all these guys? The Giants find a way to get all their pass rushers on the field and we better do the same!

One of these guys will probably not make the roster. Could it be LaBoy? OR have we seen the last of English?

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  • 619chargers4life

    laboy and english will both be training camp bodies . then get cut. 

  • Calum

    I’d like to see English on the roster. I would be horrific if we drop him and he stays healthy for another team. I’d like a healthy English far more than LaBoy, and wouldn’t be too concerned if he’s let go (financial implications?). Maybe we should go ILB in the draft…. Hightower… 

    • epadaon

       @Calum yes yes yes yes… dont know why i like the idea of hightower so much.. actually have a post coming up later today on him 

      • BoogaP

         @epadaon  @Calum
         I’m with ya Edub. I put that into an earlier article and got a lil crispy from being torched about choosing Donta.

      • Calum

         @epadaon I’m pretty certain the reason I like him is his name. I can just imagine a younger, faster, and stronger version of TKO. lol

        • Calum

           @epadaon Purely based upon Police Academy…

        • epadaon

           @Calum hahahah… was just going to ask if it was because of police academy!!! so awesome!! 
          i think of him like TKO too. young TKO sounds awesome to me

  • sdboltzfan

    How about drafting Coples and seeting it up like this.
    Coples and Luiget on ends, Garay in the middle
    Sp and Barnes/Johnson olb and Spikes and Butler ilb
    Jammer and Cason at corner (Gilchrist and Wright may challenge for more time)
    Weddle and Smith or L.David with 2nd pick at safeties.
    Cam, English, Mouton, Gamble, Laboy, Castillo, Cesaire on rotation.

    • BoogaP

       Ugh. Another Coples fan.  No thanks.  Next please! He’s NOT a 3-4 end.  The guy gives up on more plays than he tries to make plays.  He will be over-drafted, none the less, imo. 

  • sdboltzfan

    Starting line would be Gaither, Green, Hardwick, Vasquez, and Henderson if we sign him.
    Then PR, Mathews, Mcclain, Floyd, Meachem, Royal, Gates.
    In rotation Lamicheal James (3rd rnd pick), Vbrown, Mcmicheal, Parrish.

    • epadaon

       @sdboltzfan i dont think henderson will be the starter on the right side, even if we bring him on… 

  • joeynicks

    It needs to improve any way it can i like barnes jaret is a better LaBoy we will see i guess. Anyone think of Spencer from the canes?


    Laboy  won’t make the roster.

    • epadaon

       @EU_CHARGERS i dont think laboy will make the roster either, unless english is on the IR