Position Battles Going Into Chargers Training Camp

July 26, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown (86) runs a route while covered by cornerback Gregory Gatson (right)) during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With the start of training amp just around the corner, let’s look at a few position battles that we will be watching at Chargers Park.

Here are a few battles that we will be watching during camp:

Vincent Brown vs Malcom Floyd
Danario Alexander looks to have locked in one starting wide receiver spot, but the other starting spot will be a battle between the long-time Chargers vet and the SDSU youngster. Brown has a lot of potential and I think that the offense that the Chargers will be moving toward benefits him better. Floyd will not let him easily take his starting spot away though. It will be fun to see how both guys perform in the competition.

Marcus Gilchrist vs Brandon Taylor
Still not sure how Taylor will look returning from his injury. Gilchrist is holding down the spot right now while Taylor is rehabbing, but Taylor will be back for training camp. There is an open starting job next to Eric Weddle and the best man for the job will take it. I think Gilchrist will start the season as the starter. If he performs well during the season, then I am sure he keeps the job.

Defensive Linemen Depth
There are a lot of jobs up for grabs at defensive line. The starters jobs are locked down, but there are several positions available for depth. Jarius Wynn, Kwame Gathers and Byron Jerideau all can win a backup job. I am interested to see if Tom Telesco adds any more players to compete for the depth at the position.

Return Specialist
This is the only way (barring injury) that I can see Eddie Royal making the roster. If he is able to provide a spark as a punt returner/kick returner, then he should be on the roster. Otherwise, the Chargers will use the roster spot for someone else. This is Royal’s job to lose.

The Defensive Backs
Someone on the roster has to step up to provide depth in the defensive backfield. There is not a ton of experience with this crew and we need a few people step their games up as depth. This is another position that I will be paying close attention to during camp to see if Telesco picks up some help.


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  • Sergio Quintero

    4th WR, Meachem/Royal/Allen, which means who will be active on Sundays to play.

    4th OLB, same as the previous Williams vs Kaiser

    Backup RB, Ronnie Brown, Michael Hill, Rock Baker

    4th-5th Corner: Patrick, Cromartie, Okoro, Gatson

    Fullback situation: Will they carry 2 or just 1, if they carry 1 will it be McClain, or the cheaper Gronkowski.

    Tight End Situation: Will they carry 4 TE’s, meaning a second blocking TE, does that mean that a guy like Dallas Walker or Ben Cotton could make the team.

    • Nick in PB

      I can’t wait to see Hill play.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I’m hoping he’s good, if not they really need to sign a veteran RB, we all know Mathews is going to miss a game or two.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    I’m looking forward to seeing the backup roll to PR change up from Charlie to one of these tallented young Quarterbacks, Hermman or Sorenson.

    • Sergio Quintero

      That’s a good one, I’m rooting for Hermman he’s got a sad but great story to him.

      • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

        I’m rooting for Hermman too but if Sorenson is better than so be it. I think Hermman could be a great pocket passer with super abilities in scrambling to extend drives. He is definitely an athlete who defies the odds.

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

    I know it is a little out there, but I am holding a tiny little flame of hope that Michael Turner can come back to SD for a reasonable price. I would take him over Ronnie Brown any day. McGahee would be cool too, but he’s coming off of an injury… that concerns me. I just don’t feel safe rolling with what we have now, unless Baker or Hill (possibly both) make a big splash in pre-season. This RB squad feels too much like last year to me… even with Woodhead.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Not out there at all, Pete. But Ronnie Brown tries hard. I am partial to Brown and cannot help myself. lol. But it would be nice to see Michael Turner back in SD.

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

        I agree. I like what Brown was able to do last year, and I like that he loves San Diego. I just like Michael Turner more, that’s all. Just my preference = )

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’ll go with McGahee over Turner, seems to have a little more burst and should come cheaper. But clearly there isn’t any RB on the roster behind Mathews I would trust to carry the ball 20 times in a game.

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

        They are both good backs, and I would be happy either way. I just get this feeling about McGahee, and that injury. Call it a hunch. I get the same feeling about Jacobs.

        • Stefanie Smith

          You’re right about Jacobs. I believe it was him–one of the analysts saw him in New Orleans at the SB – and he was darn near crippled. Maybe it was somebody else–maybe it was Santonio Holmes,I don’t recall, but they said whoever it was looked pretty bad.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Did we get that o-line fixed? Not really.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I think we all should get ready that when all the season previews hit, it wont be very flattering from any of the experts.

      I’m guessing 4-9 wins, 6-7 as an average and third place in the AFC West.

      • Nick in PB

        All the so called experts still think Norv is a great coach. None of them are blaming any of our problems on him so as far as they are concerned, we just have bad talent. I think you are right about what they predict. They don’t realize how much this team needed a culture change! Hard to predict how quickly a team can get pointed in the right direction again.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Working on a low expectations of the national media, and flawed national perceptions article. I still can’t find any major expert that has playoff expectations for the chargers. Walterfootball has them at 6-10, cbs has under 7.5 wins, and the boys at boltsfromtheblue have them at 4-12.

    • FitzWilly

      and yes :)
      we are way better off than last year
      just sayin

  • Stefanie Smith

    Plus, I hope NFL Network is wrong, but Baldinger was thinking that Freeney is not going to pan out for us and won’t fit in. We can pray this guy is wrong, as TT put himself out there for this guy.

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

      I saw that too, Stef. I think if we run some 4-3 hybrid, Freeney can be utilized better. If it is just straight up 3-4, Baldinger is basing it on Freeney not doing well last year.. but, Freeney was also injured, and learning a new scheme.
      We’ll see. They said that Philly was Superbowl bound, and that Dallas & New York were playoff contenders this time last year. Didn’t even take a second look at the Redskins. How did that work out for them? LMAO!

    • FitzWilly

      For Shizzle

      Bal-DingBat can go pound sand

      i think some of that “Just For Men” is seeping into his brain

      NO ONE cares what he thinks

      Old crooked finger can Suck It

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

        Just get it fixed, already! If not just for handshakes.. For the love of God, and the baby Jesus!

  • Alter Ego

    Floyd and Brown both make the squad. I don’t think they have a position battle if Brown is working out of the slot. I think his outside work during the OTAs was just that -practice.

    Gilchrist and Taylor probably are both safe as well. The fact that we did nothing to pursue 8 time probowler Charles Woodson says a lot about what the Chargers believe they have in the two. I think the job is Gilchrist’s to lose – which he may to Taylor, but his talent will be utilized backing up all the DBs and nickel.

    No to Turner. He should follow LT into retirement unless the Jets want him. I don’t see him as an upgrade over our guys. McGahee fits our needs though.

    All the other spots are battlefield victories during training camp. Let the best man win.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i wasn’t suggesting that we are going to cut either Floyd or Brown or either of the safeties. Just saying that the starting job is up for grabs between them

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

        Does there even have to be a one two three wide receiver pecking order, if you have three #1′s?

    • Bill Nichols

      Spot on my brother. Battles? Hell yes, and I hope they mostly come from the O-line. We need the new-boots to fight it out, hopefully they all look so good that TT and MM have a hard time choosing who starts where. Clary, you better pull that pro-bowling right guard outta your ass, else we are gonna kick your ass right out of here….

      • Alter Ego

        I love “new boots” – clever Bill.

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

        Yes, and yes!!! Clary better step up, yo! Troutman wants a turn.

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