Nov 17, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) hauls in a catch in from of Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Roster Depth Ranks 13th in League


The San Diego Chargers got some props for the team depth on an ESPN Insider piece yesterday. They ranked in at number 13 with the team depth. Here is the blurb on the Chargers from the piece:

13. San Diego Chargers

Backups grade: 24.6 | Deepest position group: Defensive line
Shallowest: Offensive line | Best non-starter: HB Danny Woodhead (+27.1)

The Chargers have used a nickel defense most often this season, which makesSean Lissemore (+15.2), Lawrence Guy (+8.5) and Cam Thomas (+2.4) all backups — with Lissemore standing out the most. Whether you consider Woodhead or Ryan Mathews the starting running back, both have played very well when called on. Ladarius Green (+9.3) also looks like a future star at tight end. The Chargers tried to fix the offensive line in the offseason, but it still has a little ways to go. Due to injuries, they lack players who can come off the bench and provide a pass rush off the edge.

WOW! THIRTEEN!? And here we thought we had no depth on this team? And our shallowest group is the offensive line? What about the secondary?

Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green are nice pieces off of the bench, but what do we have after that? What about the non-depth we have at outside linebacker? We have had to scrap together some players and have made some things work out, but it took some time to work out.

Next season, we should be sitting pretty with depth. Thomas Keiser will be used as a situational pass rusher. Lissemore and Guy can help out off of the bench. Antonio Gates would be a backup…. just kidding, but not really. Malcom Floyd or Danario Alexander might be back. I like a bunch of the players that we have brought onto the roster and how they have been able to contribute some. They should be real helpful come next season for depth.

Number 13! Right behind the San Francisco 49ers.

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  • PakMaN

    God damn, I can’t help but imagine how sick this team would have been if we had Freeney/Ingram. DX and Floyd out there all season!

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

      Or even Stevie Williams.

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      Next year more handjob trophies will be warranted……this year, just blue balls…..lol

      • PakMaN

        I’ve got the baby oil ready to go!

        • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

          lol, these guys gotta improve next year & get free of the injuries bug…..so devastating when they kick ass & take names in the games they won to losing those games WE know they should have won……

          • PakMaN

            That Redskin goal line fail put a dagger in my heart for the season.

    • Will

      Try mike Tolbert Darren sproles Vincent Jackson Antonio cromartie and Shaun Phillips…

  • arnie

    That is a change from this team having NO DEPTH. From Acee, Gelhkin, ESPN, NFL Network, to fans, swore up and down that team would go absolutely no where.

    • Nick in PB

      Yes, something fishy here. Depth should be about 20th in the league, I would say. But next year, with all the experience we are getting, this should be a good, really good, group. Our O Line has been depth challenged for sure but that’s only because we have had to play so many combinations and when that starts to happen, we look really thin but they still perform! Looks how things have gone since we’ve been healthy again!!!

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

        Depth is made when starters go down, and backups get playing time. That has happened across the board for us all season, at practically every position. Our depth should be beastly next season. . Especially the O-line.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          I don’t know what to think, ill tell you guys this though just because Lissmore has huge PFF grade right now doest mean he’s Vince Wilfork all of a sudden. This is strange

          • arnie

            I think it has to do with the grades of other players. Lissmore being in, did he have any affect on the rest of the defense? He’s not a stud, we just needed better play at NT position and got it.

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

      You just made me grin from ear to ear, Arnie. Remember the talk about pulling players from SF? Now teams will be thinking about pulling our depth players. .. rightfully so… they got a lot of playing time this year as starters. . Lol.

      Lucky 13.

      • arnie

        Yup I remember. I was simply looking at things in “context”, and not panic mode. You still can’t build depth if they’re on the bench. And the Chargers couldn’t keep reaching into veteran FA to fix their problems.

  • 619chargers4life

    We will be a force next season . Things are looking !!

    • 619chargers4life

      *up* lol

    • PakMaN

      I know everyone’s excited about KA13 and PR17′s performances week in and out, but what makes me the most excited about the future of our organization is picking up an emotional player like Fluker. Players like that effect the locker room, he really is the Ray Lewis of that O line.

  • Stan Zab

    We are assuming that this particular ESPN “expert” can precisely rank every NFL team’s depth in the precisely right order.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Dude, I would have to think this shows some sort of flaw in PFF some guys have bloated ratings but hey ill take 13th were going to kick ass next year.

  • Wille

    I’m still pretty sure were still 32nd in depth…

  • Stefanie Smith

    I think this “depth” ranking is sort of like all the mock drafts that come out by the sports people.

  • Cgoodness13

    Honestly, next years OLB group is going to be stacked…. Freeney, Ingram, Johnson, English, Keiser, Williams, Etc looks impressive, just the injuries took away the top 4, though it worries me thinking about Paganos predictable blitz Freeney every play defense again. And what do we do with DA? Resign him or let him walk?

    • Gunnar Martin

      It’s unlikely that English will be back cuz this was his contract year, and I’m not sure if any of those old guys will retire or not. I sure hope they don’t. As far as Alexander goes, I would really like them to at least give him another shot in camp and see how it goes. He obviously has great chemistry with Philip,and is an athletic freak at WR.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Wow. While it’s a nice surprise, I think ESPN got this one wrong.