May 13, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

King Dunlap Opened Up Training Camp On 1st Team

King Dunlap opened up training camp for the Chargers at left tackle. He got the first shot to start on the left side for the team and Max Starks worked with the second team. That will be one of the best competitions to watch during training camp. May the best man win.

I don’t care which one wins the starting job at left tackle. We just need someone to lock it down and take care of Philip Rivers‘ backside. The new offensive system will help protect Rivers with 3- and 5-step drops, but the new left tackle will still have to keep his man off Rivers.

I actually would rather have Dunlap win the job fair and square. Dunlap is still very young and is HUGE. The kid is 6-foot-9, 330 pounds. If he can hold down the position, then the Chargers can focus on different needs in the coming offseason.

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  • Adam

    Yep! As long as the coaches trust him, I’m in! May the best beast win!

  • Sergio Quintero

    If he’s starting on the first preseason game, then that will a major surprise as of right now he’s knows the system better, that why he’s ahead of Starks.

    I like the idea that ESPN through around about Starks/Dunlap being the tackles and moving Fluker to guard to ease him into the NFL, I just don’t see the chargers playing it that way.

    • arnie

      I don’t know Sergio, i think Dunlap is ahead because he was in a crappy system and he’s proven to be a lot better player than given credit for. Whiz is the OC and he Coached Starks to 2 Superbowls. So that makes thing more even at this point. Dunlap has the 4 year deal while Starks is on a 1 year contract. So that tells me they need Dunlap to develop into the starter, and Starks is here to “push” him and as insurance.
      The espn stuff, i totally agree. after what i saw, he’s the guy to beat at RT.

      • Alter Ego

        I agree Arnie.

      • Nick in PB

        I think you mean LT? Interesting thought though, if Fluker struggles at RT, we have options. However, I am counting on the big man (Fluker) improving and becoming a quality RT. Gotta love his attitude. He’s not holding anything back. He’ll make mistakes, but he will do it at full speed!!!

        • arnie

          No i was referring to the what ESPN said, they think Fluker should be a RG not a RT. he wasn’t struggling from what i saw.
          I posted this some where else. when Ingram got hurt, it’s because he put a move on Fluker, and got around him. Freeney tried the same move, on thursday and ended up on his butt. Fluker has made progress.

          • Nick in PB

            OK, sorry I misunderstood. And yes, I am happy to hear that. I want to see Fluker shine at RT, not Guard. For all the people that were down on Clary at RT, I like the idea of him at RG. We all know he is a hard worker and reliable. His skill set just wasn’t what you would want in a RT. But at RG, I think he has a chance. Time will tell but I give the coaching staff credit for making the switch and I give Clary credit for giving the “team first” effort.

  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    I want a wall of lineman protecting Rivers. Love this kids size!

  • Bill Nichols

    Love it, love it. Great hearing that Starks isn’t just a shoe in, competition brings out the best in people. And hell if it’s too close to call, we have fresh, beastly legs, for 4 quarters, every damn game. You fools better not give Rivers all day to throw the ball, hell, if so, even Meech will make the pro bowl. lol

  • Jeff

    You have to see the guy in person to truely understand what HUGE means. He is an absolute monster.

    Ernie, I was noticing that at the practice yesterday there were referees in uniform. Are these the same refs that work the regular season games?

    • Ernie Padaon

      they usually hire on some college refs to do that stuff

  • Peter Thompson

    This is great news! It’s still early, but if he ends up being a great tackle, and his character holds up.. it will free up our first draft pick next year. Wouldn’t that be nice? Not going to get too ahead of myself, though. Just excited at the prospect.

  • Alter Ego

    We’ve got two starting LTs on the roster and another in Harris with experience. I believe that King is motivated by the big national dis he received from Philly.
    Hmm…we play the Eagles this year don’t we?
    I’d love to see the man turn it into road rage.