Give the Youngsters a Chance

Charger Fans Listen up.

Since the Chargers are in a new regime, they can finally start doing things the right way. Norv Turner was a players coach, but for veterans not rookies. Lets take a look at some of the youngsters the Chargers have and who should get a chance to prove themselves to help the team.

This is in no specific order.

1. SS Brandon Taylor

Taylor was drafted in the 3rd round last year with high expectations to start next to FS Eric Weddle, but a few things happened. Weed smokin’ Atari Bigby was the starter instead and did a terrible job. Bigby wanted to make that big hit every play instead of making sure he’s the last line of defense and tackle the proper way. He’s finally gone and the Chargers haven’t signed any other SS via FA,  but they should bring back Corey Lynch for depth. When Taylor finally got his shot this past season he had the worst luck and got an season ending injury. New GM Tom Telesco has already said he likes Taylor so that is a plus, but he’ll have to compete for his job. I think Taylor has some promise and will win the starting SS job this off-season.

2. ILB Jonas Mouton

When AJ Smith was drafting last year for his job, he shocked people in selecting Jonas Mouton in the second round who was a projected fifth rounder. He got a lot of heat because of it and its not like Mouton made an impact his rookie year. He did provide depth, but now Mouton will get his shot to play opposite of Butler. If he wins the job over Williams and the drafted ILB, maybe Kiko Alonso from Oregon, I’ll be happy to congratulate him. The fact is, Mouton will get a shot to start and it might be his best chance to prove to the Chargers, Telesco, and the fans that he’s not a bust.

3. DT Cam Thomas

I really like Cam Thomas and I think he can play all three downs, but I’m not in charge. The fact is Telesco released Antonio Garay and let Franklin leave via FA so maybe he thinks the same. There is some rumors that Ex-colt Antonio Johnson visited the Chargers and will provide great depth behind Thomas if signed. Ever since Thomas was drafted, I always loved his potential and now its his time to tell everyone that he belongs in a Charger uniform. I remember when the Chargers had issues on the D-line and were set at the LB position, but now things have switched. The young trio of Corey Liguet-Cam Thomas-and Kendall Reyes is a nice tandem for years to come.

4. OG Johnnie Troutman

Charger fans for some reason want the Chargers to draft an OG in Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper in round 1, if Johnson isn’t available or OG Larry Warford in round 2 to start opposite of Chad Rinehart. I doubt the Chargers will look to draft an OG because they have Troutman who is finally healthy. When he was at Penn State, he started a OG for three years and never allowed a sack. It doesn’t matter what conference he was in, Big 10, if you don’t allow a sack at all in college that is impressive. Also, Troutman wasn’t even suppose to be available in round 5, but he sustained an injury right before the draft and that made him slip. He was projected as a 2nd rounder so us getting him three rounds latter is great. He’s probably the guy I want most to succeed because it will give the Fans some excitement for Telesco not drafting an OG and will make Telesco look like a genius when he delivers. I’m going on record lol.

5. WR Vincent Brown

I remember when the Chargers drafted Brown in round 3 and I was excited because he played at SDSU and had hands of glue in catching the football. He had some promise his rookie year and that led to big expectations as a slot receiver. Unfortunately, he got injured this past year and things didn’t go according to plan. Now I’m hearing that he’s injury prone and the WR position needs to be upgraded. While I do agree with people in adding another WR, it’s because of him, cough! Meachem and Royal cough!cough! If WR Ryan Swope is available in round 5 the chargers should take him or WR Kenny Stills. New HC Mike McCoy has already said he has big expectations for Brown and he should since he can help the offense like how Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal were supposed to. Brown’s spot will be his to lose, so unless he gets injured again or gets beat by other WRs, he’ll be our slot receiver.

6. Shareece Wright/ Marcus Gilchrist

I like the signing of CB Derek Cox to start because he has loads of potential, but he just needs to stay healthy. If Cox can, Wright and Gilchrist will compete for the other starting CB position and the other will be the slot corner. Both will get playing time because more teams are spreading the offense out, but the job will go to the person who performs better this off-season. While there are rumors going around that it’s Wright’s job to lose, Gilchrist has more experience playing. Gilchrist does an awesome job in the slot, but he’s versatile enough to play outside. I think the job will go to Gilchrist and the Chargers will have Wright as backup in case Cox gets injured. While the Chargers did claim Johnny Patrick off waivers, they should still draft a CB in rounds 3 or 4, someone like Leon McFadden from again SDSU.

Well that is what I think Charger Fans.

If you want to share your thoughts, comment below please. I don’t mind if you disagree with me because this is my opinion.

Excited for the upcoming draft and next season.

-Thomas Bell

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • JoseSD

    I don’t know how this whole Vincent Brown injury prone thing came from, he hurt his hamstring his rookie year early in training camp, hamstrings are tricky and take a while to come back from, return too early and you’ll likely aggravate the injury. He played great when he came back. Remember that game against the Raiders he was kicking ass and the refs robbed him of his second TD. Last year that Cowboys DB fell on his ankle on his td catch. I don’t see that as injury prone.I see someone who is always nicked up as injury prone, one week they have an abdominal strain, then hamstring, then Achilles injury then a shoulder. if Brown is injury prone you could call Butler injury prone. He missed his whole rookie season and the second half of last season

    • tbell11

      I agree, that is why he’ll be a huge factor for Rivers.

    • 619chargers4life

      im with you on that one. V Brown should not be on this list.

      • JoseSD

        He should be on this list of youngsters who need to be given more playing time, we really haven’t seen what he could do for a full season, what the author pointed out and I agreed with is that he’s not injury prone that broken ankle was a freak accident. I was pretty pissed at the Cowboys DB, Brown beat him deep caught the TD and he tackled his legs and broke his ankle cause he landed on him, that’s bush league

        • tbell11

          Thnx for understanding lol, I’m the guy who wrote the article

          • JoseSD

            Good job, although I think Ladarius Green could be added to the list

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            ooh yea!!!

          • tbell11

            I was thinking about him, but I think he’s still a project and won’t contribute until next year or if Gates gets injured. Good point though.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i hope he contributes. waiting a couple of seasons for a player to develop is a long time

          • Pels04

            Might as well add Ingram to the list. Didnt get nearly enough playing time last season

        • 619chargers4life

          and i agree , all im saying is i think he has already proved he got game. he proved he can run with the best . we all know he is one of the starters, shouldnt be on this list is all im saying. like the article states McCoy already said “big expectations”. the whole team needs to prove themselves with a new coach and all. all the other players on this list to me have question marks. and to me VB isnt one of them. if he gets hurt again and then again. then i will say well yeah he needs to prove himself but as of right now he is in there like swim wear if u ask me. thats just my opinion, no worries.

    • arnie

      I was about to get all over that same point. glad you beat me to it.

  • Cgoodness13

    I love troutman as a pass locker, dudes huge, strong, and smart. But he has problems getting to the 2nd level. I actually want the draft a CB if Johnson is somehow off the board (doubt it).

    • tbell11

      If Johnson is off the board at 11, then the Chargers should go with the best pass rusher available. If none are also available, then Kenny Vaccaro, sorry Brandon Taylor, or trade back.

      • boltingindiego

        would be a waste for vaccaro at 11. trading back should be the only option unless star, millner or jordan are there if all 3 lt’s are gone.

        • tbell11

          I can understand why Vaccaro might be too high for 11, but when was the last time the Chargers had a legit SS besides after Harrison

          • Cgoodness13

            Taylor was the captain of one of the best DB units in ncaa history just saying.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Agree. People talk about the revolving door for Rivers…what about Weddle? Get somebody to start day 1..I can’t see TT being married to Taylor, when we haven’t seen anything yet. Even if he says nice things about him. He’ll be 75%, if we’re lucky, come opening day. If you don’t fix that spot, all the other upgrades almost don’t matter.

          • arnie

            Terrence Kiel…remember him?

            he got caught up in transporting codine. aj cut him. young man never got a second chance. died in car accident.

            http://www.utsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20080705-9999-7m5kiel.html

  • Bigfat55

    Glad to read this . I really think us fans are gonna like Mccoy and Telescos willingness to play youth if they earn the spot .

    • tbell11

      Seriously, the great teams build through the draft, example Green Bay Packers.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Really? Look at what the great teams are doing this offseason. Build through the draft? Maybe, but there is a balance between the draft and FA signings.

        What great team has succeeded just through the draft?

        Guess the Falcons, Saints, 49ers, Pats, Ravens, Seahawks all have it wrong by having vets and going with some good FAs.

        • tbell11

          I’m not saying all great teams build only through the draft I’m saying some great teams have had success via draft a lot more than FA. I made the point because I like the idea of building through the draft. Good point though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Why are we supposed to like that? “Willingness to play youth”. If they can play and are NFL starters, then play them. Many of the rookies signed from the drafts take years to actually be NFL ready. It’s the rarity when an RG3, Luck, Newton or a Luke Kuechly comes along.

      Why are you guys opposed to having vets on the team?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        not opposed to having vets on a team…. want to see youngsters given a chance. Norv never let the youngsters have a chance. developing players was not anything he liked doing. if there was a vet on the roster, he would always get the playing time over players. talent didnt matter on that end

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          Don’t the rookies get the chance during camp and the preseason games? Either they can play or they cannot.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            under Norv… cant say they had the same opportunity to win playing time. Melvin Ingram looked like he could be a force, but was stuck behind Jarret Johnson and SP… Brandon Taylor barely was used during the season.

            Mike Harris was the only rookie to get significant playing time. Norv’s hand was forced on that one. No other option for Norv to start

  • Sergio Quintero

    A second round ILB in his 3rd year should at least get a shot at playing, and in roster with so many holes I can’t justify spending anything higher than 4th rounder on ILB, until Mouton proves he can’t play.

    • tbell11

      I agree, I think the Chargers will draft an ILB just at least for depth reasons.

  • Pels04

    Great read and i couldnt agree more. Time to see what the young talent on this team has to offer. Other than VB im really excited to Wright healthy. He came out on fire last preseason before he got hurt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Every team out there from the 9ers, Hawks, Falcons, Pats, Ravens, Broncos etc..use veterans also — you know, those players with a proven track record. Jags were “building through the draft”–they are in fine shape now–Not! All I am saying, is please don’t try to sell this notion that great teams are made through the draft because it is not true.

    • tbell11

      There isn’t a team that will draft every player, but they’d prefer too instead of FA. I love veterans, you already know they can play and can mentor the young guys

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Agreed. Plus they have the experience. Junior from college has no idea what the NFL is like. Even the rules are different. I saw a feature today with Chip Kelly. He is dropping one of his college schemes, because he said it won’t work in the NFL. Think he was talking about the quick offense (maybe not) because they were talking about the network breaks, time outs, etc. They are pretty sure that Michael Vick will start for this guy.

        • tbell11

          That’s why I think the Eagles will draft Star Lotulelei 4th overall and select EJ Manuel in round 2

    • JoseSD

      Are you being serious?? I know it seems I pick on you a lot in the comments section and im sorry for that but this is just foolish, all great teams build through the draft and supplement with smart free agent acquisitions not overpaying big name players. Let’s take for instance the 49ers who you mentioned. They were terrible for such a long time most if their stars are high first round draft picks. Here’s their first rounders: offensive line, Anthony Davis, Mike, Iupati, Joe Staley, RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis WR Michael Crabtree, Defense Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith. That’s just their first round picks other studs that were drafted 2-4 are Colin Kaepernick, Kendall Hunter, Navorro Bowman who is an all-pro LB, Dashon Gholdson though he signed with the bucs now. The core of their team was drafted by them. They have made smart acquisitions in free agency Justin Smith, Carlos Rogers, Donte Whitner not to mention they have one hell of a good coach. Mike Singletary couldn’t get this team to the playoffs but Harbaugh went to the super bowl and NFc championship in two years. The reason teams like the Jaguars aren’t good is because they make bad draft picks like Blaine Gabbert. And you’re missing the whole point of this article. Norv preferred vets, how little playing time did guys like Ladarius Green, Mouton, Taylor see. Even Ingram wasn’t in there as much as he should have. Players need to get on the field to grow and Norv didn’t allow that.

  • RussinSactown

    I would love to see some young guns getting their shot. I’m hoping their hungry!

  • Mr Magoo

    Whatever happened to Ajirotutu?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he was a restricted free agent and didnt get tendered a contract

      • Mr Magoo

        Thanks, Ernie. I always thought that he had potential’ but little opportunity to show it.

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