Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is pressured by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) during the first half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Potential Camp Casualty: Shaun Phillips? lists Shaun Phillips as a potential camp casualty in their latest article. Phillips is due to make $4.4 million in his base salary this season and he is in the final year of his contract.

In camp, there will be a lot of bodies competing at the linebacker spot. We just signed Jarret Johnson from the Baltimore Ravens and he is expected to start at one outside linebacker spot. We also brought in the young rookie from South Carolina Melvin Ingram. There is a lot of hype around Ingram and his potential. Still on the roster is last season’s sack leader Antwan Barnes and former first round draft pick Larry English. So much competition at the position.

Last season, Phillips was slowed by injuries and finished the season with only 3.5 sacks. He has been an impact player in the past and this season he will be looking to cash in on a contract. He will be hungry to show his worth to the rest of the league. It would be surprising to see him back here in 2013 with all the depth on the roster. The starters could be Larry English (laughing that I even entertained that) and Melvin Ingram by that time.

Phillips is expected to be that impact player on defense again. He is the best pass rusher on the team and he still carries a swagger to him that most of the roster does not have.

If he fails to produce, the rook will be pushing him for playing time. Antwan Barnes will be pushing for playing time. It will be up to Shaun to make big things happen. I think he will.

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  • CindiSpears

    You scared me!  I think he is going to show up big this season.  He looked a little chubby coming back after off season, but I think he needed to chillax a little. 

  • CindiSpears

    BTW, I’m tired of these NFL guys speculating about how we are going to suck and who is going to get hurt.  They need to leave the Chargers alone… except Turnip, they can start picking on him whenever they are ready. 

  • BoogaP

    Note to
    Crack is whack!

  • boltsfan1972

    I wouldn’t laugh if English stays healthy he could be a force on the Defense he has size and quickness and Jarrett Johnson to teach him how to stay healthy. I think SP95 is a very good LB so Ingram has a good teacher there as well !!!!

  • RussellGrant

    Note to writers:  Yeah, I remember my first beer.  Pace yourself.

    • BoogaP

      And the awards for Best and Funniest comments of the offseason go to….. Russel Grant!!!
      ROTFLMAO!!! Because it’s true.
      Best and funniest Ive seen, not to mention, spot on man!!!

  • jollygreen66

    I don’t think he finishes the year as a starter

  • KennyRedman

    We have alot of money invested in 5 OLB’s when only two can play at a time. I wouldnt mind Phillips getting the ax if it ment signing a good strong safety or shut down corner. I believe we only have about two million in cap space.

  • street

    that’s a dangerous game to play if you cut him early..he fits cap wise and is a better
    bet than english by far.. his normal would be
    a career year for english..

  • epadaon

    you have to let him begin the year as a starter… if he can’t produce, then you start phasing him out. but you have to give him the opportunity to make plays for us

  • Eugene Kitagawa

    you know you are in trouble when your picture isnt on the tickets.

  • MikeTuck

    Phillips was a Manusky casualty and the joke will be on the SD Charger fans if they let him go and English is still on the roster. This is a financial decision yes but phillips was playing great when Merriman was there and it wasn’t all about Merriman sorry. Phillips still was knocking down balls in pass coverage where he was spending most of his time. So if they bring in johnson and let go of Phillips it shows the fans, quit buying NFL merchandise until this freeagency and teams so unloyal to their players that every year it’s a new team. The fix is in salary caps. The teams are figured at who can they bet on and is cheaper. All sports in the USA are turning into the Me leagues. Agents owners and players need to set down and have a talk about the loyalty of teams to keep their players together. To many times as in this one the system and having new coach after new coach tinds to make players look mediocre and then it’s a comeback when they let them go and they kill on another team, BS. It’s a GM’s responsibility to keep things in tact as much as at all possible. it’s about players lives, well being, and a team concept. This would prove Smith a total idiot if Turner and he get rid of their only proven all round OLB. With the Defensive coaching carosel how can you look at any player and blame them for the confusion on the field. They are lacking player leadership on defense and Pagano better go back to a blitze a QB to death from all angles. Phillips did not play prvent very well, but like I said he was blocking passes and doing a better job than LaBoy manuskys own guy. There is all this fantasy oh boy look who we got in free agency, which I do too; but my team players come first. Johnson will start while Barnes can’t prove himself. Your going to tell me how Johnson played with Baltimore ( the team we beat with Phillips and Barnes being used in blitz packages) but he’s not with the same crew anymore so you don’t know how it will go.Ingram and Johnson aside Barnes and Phillips should start the season as our OLB’s under Pagano’s leadership. Then in spots Johnson and Ingram can fill in and prove themselves.