In only a few short months we’ll see the San Diego Chargers take the field and kick off the 2013 season. The Chargers have brought in key free agents to either start right away or booster positions in need of depth. Names such as the three D’s, Danny Woodhead, Derek Cox and Dwight Freeney will dawn lightning bolts for the first time. Here are a few quick thoughts of some of the bigger named stars recently signed.
Danny Woodhead – I’ve always like this guy, a very powerful running back with exceptional blocking skills and good hands. Woodhead fights for yardage with the ball in his hands and hardly fumbles. If Ryan Matthews has trouble staying healthy, Woodhead is a great insurance policy.
Derek Cox – He’ll immediately jump into the starting line up and will be a fresh new look compared to Cason or Jammer. Cox isn’t elite, but is an obvious upgrade. A bit of a ball hawk, Cox will fit in nicely along side All-Pro Eric Weddle. Having two defensive backs for quarterbacks to be watchful for is better than one.
Dwight Freeney – It is no secret, Freeney was the biggest impact player we signed this off-season. If it weren’t for an unexpected injury to Melvin Ingram, the Chargers would have never pulled his card. Freeney will give us pass-rush experience, leadership and attitude. He may be an aging star, yet far better than what we had currently on the team.
Chad Rienhart – Just like cornerback, guard is another position where we’ll see a complete overhaul. Rienhart, along with Jeromey Clary and Johnnie Troutman will duke it out for the two guard positions, with the third likely to be the backup. Rienharthas never been a full time starter but filled in admirably when called upon in Buffalo.
Chris Gronkowski – Potentially, the other “Gronk” could upseat current starter Le’Ron McClain at the fullback position. Is this Gronk a reputable fullback? Not really. Is McClain the answer at the position? Nope, not at all! McClain is currently overpriced for his inability to block and he might become a cap space casualty after the addition of Freeney.
Who are you looking forward to seeing in lighting bolts? Can the season start already?!