May 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle D.j. Fluker (76) and guard Johnnie Troutman (63) during Chargers rookie minicamp at Chargers park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Johnnie Troutman Heading Back to the Bench For Chargers

With the return of King Dunlap to practice, the Chargers finally have all of their starting offensive linemen back healthy. That means that youngster Johnnie Troutman will be heading back to the bench. Dunlap will be back over at left tackle, D.J. Fluker will shift back over to right, Jeromey Clary to right guard and Chad Rinehart back over to left guard. The offensive line shuffle!

Troutman did well in his time on the field, but did have his struggles with some penalties. That needs to get cleaned up. Next season, he should be battling to take a starting job on the offensive line. This was his first season of action and showed that he can help out the front line.

I like the idea of using Troutman up front as the starter next season. It won’t be a position that we will need to fill and he should have a nice offseason that will prep him for another good year.

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  • Stefanie Smith

    Not to stir the stuff, but King got well quickly after Fluker stated that he liked the LT position better. lol

    • tubbs45

      Hahaha, great point!

  • Carlos J Manzano

    Some good running gaps were opened for Mathews when beasts Fluker and Troutman were next to each other. I like that dual!

  • Cgoodness13

    Kid just needs to work on his burst and footwork and he’s a probowler in the future

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    He’s still going to play alot and probably backup both sides, good stuff

  • Peter Thompson

    I think he has a future on this team. Not sure I would want him to start yet. Some of those penalties he got called for were KILLER. I still like Rinehart to start. He’s just more experienced. Troutman is a heck of a back-up, and will get more time under his belt next year… possibly even starting time, the way the last two years have gone.. sheesh.

    • Gunnar Martin

      You said it. If he’s not starting, he will be a pretty great backup for us. We need that too, with the way our O-line gets hurt every year.

      • arnie

        That’s how teams build “depth”.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Haha yep. Pretty foreign subject to our team.

          • Ernie Padaon

            i dont even know what that means

          • arnie

            Now you understand why i’m so upbeat Norv is gone? LOL

  • philiprules

    Let me think….Dunlap-Rinehart-Hardwick-Clary-Fluker or Dunlap-Rinehart-Hardwick-Troutman-Fluker? Yeah that takes about .2 seconds. Does Clary of incriminating photos of Chargers management or what?

    • boltingindiego

      clary has been solid for us at rg this year even much better at rt than previous years. this is our best line up for the o-line.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Clary hasn’t been THAT bad this year. He’s a pretty good run blocker. Much different player at guard than tackle because his weaknesses are exposed when he’s out on an island.

  • arnie

    Hey, he did his job. Troutman is the “back-up” LG. Because of his performance there was no rush to bring Rinehart back until he was 100%. He’s still young and will probably be the future starter. The same could be said for King, since everyone did there jobs at the shuffled positions, there was no hurry, or PANIC, for Dunlap to get back on the field. The O-line has been playing outstanding all season with set-backs like this, and i give the Coaches and TT all the credit for for keeping PR upright and the ground game moving, no matter who was in there.
    For me T&M said it was there #1 priority to protect Rivers. They have my full confidence, in this. Once i saw them do it, it was clear, they were nothing like the former regime.

  • Bill Nichols

    Back to running right for Ryno, love to see Fluker, and yes, Clary, blow open those gaping holes for Mathews. And so glad to see Ryan running hard with some damn authority, and staying healthy for the most part. Seems as though his hammies don’t like it when he gets to the second level with no one to pound on. Work on that during the off season baby, love to see you break some long ones next year. Bolt Up!!