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What the Fans Think: Most Underrated Player On the Chargers


Recently on my twitter account, I asked the Chargers fans: Who is the most underrated player on the San Diego Chargers?

Here are the answers that the fans gave me:

@BoltAngry:

Darrell Stuckey. [He is] a special teams ace and also made some nice plays in the secondary last season.

@Daboiichris: 

Nick Hardwick. He’s become a starter two coaching regimes ago and only had 4 failed blocks last year. [He is] one of the best centers.

@Sir_Brendan:

Melvin Ingram. Coming off of a knee injury, [he] killed it the times [that] he was used, especially against the Bengals in the playoffs.

@SamG1383: 

Going to have to say [it's] Ryan Mathews, based on his previous seasons.The guy is a workhorse and improves every year.

@Lightnbolt619: 

It has to be Ladarius Green because he has so much potential in the pass game. He has to play behind a legend.

@BoltFamGraffix:

 [Jeromey] Clary. Although he has a bigger contract than most on the team, he has veteran experience and can play multiple positions.

 @FaavaeAtt

Reggie Walker. [I love] the way he flies around blockers and creates a lot of pressure when he is on. He also has the ability to play inside and outside. 

@Generalboss915

[Jahleel] Addae. He has gotten some credit [for his play] but he has come from the hardest spot as a UDFA to become a player who can make an impact and start on the team and play some ball.

@Joew526

Not just for the Chargers but try the most underrated player in the whole entire league: DANNY WOODHEAD! Boy can he do it all..Run between the tackles, Run to the outside, catch out of the backfield, catch out of the slot, block, pick up blitzers. He simply goes in and does what he is told every time and to the best of his ability.

Darrell Stuckey: 1

Nick Hardwick: 1

Melvin Ingram: 1

Ryan Mathews: 1

Ladarius Green: 1

Jeromey Clary: 1

Reggie Walker: 1

Jahleel Addae: 1

Danny Woodhead: 1

Of the nine fans that wrote their opinion on the most underrated San Diego Charger, none of them agreed. From a special teams player, Stuckey, to our feature running back, Mathews, the answers widely varied. What do you think? Who do you agree/disagree with?

Note: I will say that I believe Philip Rivers is the most underrated player on this team.

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  • Calum Thompson

    I’d say King Dunlap….

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Addae needs to be off this list. I’m thinking Dunlap, Clary (disregarding his contract) and possibly Mathews. I think we got used to him getting injured and fumbling all the time so when he had a good season no one was really expecting it.

  • Sergio Quintero

    King Dunlap, watch his game against Robert Mathis, if healthy he’s just under elite Left Tackle, and very much in the top 10 left tackles conversation.

    Others: Liuget when healthy is one of a player (he basically wasn’t healthy after the preseason last year), Eddie Royal had 700 yards as basically a slot receiver and the intended no3 WR on the roster, and he did most of the season with an injured foot.

    • Sam Kweon

      Great Point Sergio. The game against Robert Mathis amazed me.

    • BlueBoltFan

      Ha! I just posted that King Dunlap was my choice, too. Should have known. I’m just gonna start copying and pasting your posts!

      • Sergio Quintero

        Great minds think alike!!

        • arnie

          it’s amazing after one season how our opinions have changed about Dunlap.

          • Nick in PB

            I met Dunlap at training camp last year. The dude was very nice and seemed extremely excited to be a Charger. His play was certainly underrated especially considering how he was ripped in Philly. Check it out:

  • Sam Kweon

    You guys could always follow me at @SamKweonWriter so you could be in the next Fan article!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Yep, The King. And to think I thought he wasn’t good based solely on goofy Philly fans. And also Danny Woodhead gets totally forgotten about in most sports talk.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I think around the league, it’s Eric Weddle. Just on the Bolts in general, though, I’d have to say King Dunlap. He came in as a castoff from Philly and no one really expected much of him. He kept El Capitan upright most of the year, and that played a big part in the Rivers renaissance.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Absolutely, very good point about Eric Weddle.

  • Edward Sherman

    clary rofl lmao lol

  • Eli Rodriguez

    We can’t say Ingram is underrated. We really haven’t used his that much. This year we get to see his game. He was amazing when he came back but let’s see if he can keep it up. I’m thinking Woodhead is the most underrated. I mean he does it all. You need him to run he’ll run. You need him to as a receiver he’ll be your reciever. Hands down Woodhead is one of my favorite players to watch.

  • eddie edeza

    Seyi Ajiritutu, comes in clutch when we need him. Great Chemistry with Rivers, given that he is always on and off the team. great asset to the team

    • Stefanie Smith

      Another good one.

  • BlueBoltFan

    King Dunlap. The guy went from being loathed and detested in Philly to win a training camp battle with Max Starks and on to become a pretty reliable starter for the Bolts. No one is talking about Left tackle as an issue now because he’s played so well. He gets my vote.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Hard to argue with that. Remember how nervous everyone was about the left tackle position last year? It’s pretty amazing that it hardly ever gets mentioned as an issue anymore. I believe he can keep it up, and we’ll really need him to. One of TT’s more underrated finds.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Look at the right side of that photo of people wearing their Chargers’ stuff up there. Doesn’t that look like Rob Gronkowski on the right? lol Wearing Chargers’ gear. Whoever that is, he looks a lot like Gronk.

    • arnie

      that wouldn’t surprise me, there was grok on the roster. maybe he stuck around and cheered from the stands?

      • Stefanie Smith

        lol

      • Nick in PB

        I wonder where that was taken? obviously NOT San Diego. Had to be after the Broncos game in Denver. Could’ve been Gronks brother as Arnie stated. He was a FB on the team last year for a while.

  • powderBLUE801

    It would be KIND D but another is L GREEN. I think green is way underrated and he has what it takes to be an all pro TE period. Gates was and is one of my fav’s but it’s time to let the young guy shine if Gates can take a back seat to Green our offense will be that much faster.

  • ump51

    Dunlap