Sept. 1, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon (10) gets sacked by Carolina Panthers defensive end Thomas Keiser (61) while playing at Bank of America Stadium. Steelers win 33-17. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers 4th OLB: Battle Of The Ex-Panthers

Nov 16, 2012; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls quarterback Graham Wilbert (14) is sacked by Florida International Golden Panthers defensive end Tourek Williams (97) during the second quarter FAU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Good afternoon Charger Fans!!!

Kind of a slow day today, so I figured we could break up the monotony with a nice little poll.

The Chargers are on break until late July, and it is still unclear what the team will look like. One player that I am secretly fascinated with is Florida International Panther, Tourek Williams. I posted a poll, after the draft, to see which draft pick fans were most excited about. Surprisingly, Tourek Williams didn’t get one vote. Even Brad Sorensen got votes. But, lately, it seems like people may have been more excited about the young man? Lets find out.

Our pass rush suffered an unfortunate setback when Melvin Ingram tore his ACL. Tom Telesco moved quickly, and brought in Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney, to secure the starting position opposite Jarret Johnson. Behind him, we have Larry English, who seems to be a shoe in for the back-up role. He will get a chance to see the field more often, and show that he can play a full season, without getting hurt. Telesco also brought in Thomas Keiser through free agency, and drafted Tourek Williams in the 6th round of this year’s draft.

At this point, Keiser & Williams will be competing for the 4th OLB spot on the roster. I have seen some folks out there who think Keiser should make the team, and we obviously drafted Williams to see if we can groom him for the back-up pass rush specialist roll.

Ex Carolina Panther Thomas Keiser is a 24 year old undrafted free agent out of Stanford, and has two years of NFL experience under his belt. He was waived by the Carolina Panthers earlier this year, and hasn’t put up any real numbers. However, he was a back-up player, so no surprise there.

Tourek Williams (I kinda like the name Tourek.. not really sure why) played for Florida International, and made the All-Sun Belt first-team in 2012. He also made the All-Sun Belt second-team in both his sophomore & junior year. Here is what had to say about Tourek Williams:

He has good speed around the edge, and great short area burst, but he has short arms, and doesn’t use his hands all that well. As of right now, he best projects as a situational pass rushing 4-3 defensive end.

So, what are your thoughts on who will lock up that 4th position? Williams, Keiser… or possibly someone else? Now… Go poll!!!!

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson

Who Will Win The 4th Chargers OLB Position?

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Tags: San Diego Chargers Thomas Keiser Tourek Williams

  • Peter Thompson

    Oh.. And let me get it out of the way, for our favorite commenter… The Chargers pass rush is gonna suck.. We never should have let Phillips go.. Freeney is a washed up hack.. We are all a bunch of disloyal fans… Etc, etc.. That sum it up, Will?

    • JoseSD

      Will has to be the mole from Arrowhead Addict, like most internet trolls they just can’t resist emerging from under their bridge spewing their incoherent rants trying to bait anyone into a keyboard battle on the comments section

    • tubbs45

      We know who Will is through his facebook rank on Bolt Beat group. Not from KC… message to Will from PT’s Cat:

  • Stefanie Smith

    This has nothing really to do with the topic of the article, but every time I think Panthers, I think of Mike Tolbert. Geez, I miss that guy and can’t ever talk trash about him.

    • Peter Thompson

      What’s sad, is that he really didn’t get the kind of opportunity he was hoping for in Carolina. Should have taken less money to stay in SD, or AJ should have paid the man. I would have taken him over Battle, Brown, Brinkley, Royal, Meachem, McClain, Gaither or any other sucka last season. Too bad.

      • Adam

        And his last play for us was that incredible run at the end of the game! I was so bummed and angry at A.J.

      • JoseSD

        I don’t get why he would even believe he would get more Carries on that team with Cam Newton, Deangelo Williams, and Johnathan Stewart there he was the 4th best rushing option, considering he was offered more to stay his main motivation for leaving had to be just so he could be home in Carolina

        • Peter Thompson

          He left for less money. Didn’t see him all year.

      • 619chargers4life

        EEEEEEEEEEExactly !!!!

      • shayaaa

        He said he wanted to raise his family there and would rather have his daughters grow up in Carolina then southern California.

        • Peter Thompson

          I can’t hate on a man for looking out for his Fam-Bam. Still… I miss that little bowling ball.

    • Alter Ego

      Tolbert looks like my neighbor – my neighbor only runs when he needs to go to the bathroom – I’ve seen my neighbor not make it – Tolbert is pretty impressive to be running TDs…the whole neighbor thing does stay with me when I picture Tolbert though. He was a good Charger.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Tourek sounds like another Super Melvin to me. And if that is so than that’s OK! Put the youngster in. Let him earn it though!

    • Peter Thompson

      Can we have two T-Rex’s on one team?!!!!

      • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

        Wouldn’t that be something. So many great players that to single one out from the team would be to difficult.

      • shayaaa

        Tourek’s arms got an inch on the T-Rex

        • Peter Thompson

          What a difference an inch makes.

          • shayaaa

            You know what they say.. It’s a game of inches.

  • Alter Ego

    Williams needs to be himself…no wait…if he can be Bat Man – yeah Bat Man…he needs to play like Bat Man…unless he runs into Ozzy types (they bite the heads off of bats) – then he has to be himself…but a bad ass super human self – like Bat Man…then he makes the squad. Otherwise …maybe not.

    • Peter Thompson

      Dashon Goldson has already been crowned Batman this season, and Revis is Robin. True story. Ask Revis.

      • Alter Ego

        Potato Head…nothing to do with nicknaming him Bat Man…metaphor stuff. Williams will have to play out of his skin to make the 53.

        • Peter Thompson

          I don’t understand why somebody who has openly posted that my articles are a fraud is still leaving comments.

          Just go away.

          • Alter Ego

            Late at night…when the house makes “noises”…when you are trying to decide if someone is inside your house with a knife…wants to hurt you…don’t think of me…its your house.

          • Alter Ego

            Or it could be Hernandez

  • dusty

    I like the 3-4 and all but it sure seems our personnel are geared towards 4-3.

    • Peter Thompson

      James Fedewa, a Bolt Beat writer, posted articles about that a couple of months ago. He got shot down pretty good. But, I saw Pagano making comments about how it is a joke among defensive coordinators that running a 3-4 or a 4-3 wasn’t that different. Got me wondering. Especially when we have Freeney, and Tom Telesco comes from Indianopolis.. where they had such success running the 4-3. Some of our D is well suited for that. Could a switch be coming?

  • miketuck

    Williams should easily beat out Johnson for the role as starting OLB. I even believe that Bront Bird is such a great tackler, tall 6’4″ that can go up for blocking passes or INT’s and has a fantastic ability to make the tackle or be in the play. I really see the staff figuring how they can get this guy in alot more games, for alot more time. Bird is the best LB we have after Butler.

  • Rob Base

    Tourek I think will get it.