Here is my depth chart, after watching a huge sample….. one preseason game.
I will add notes behind certain names, as I deem necessary. You can fill in the blanks. In fact, please do so in the comments section.
Quaterbacks: Philip Rivers, and Diamond Brad Sorensen! Nuff said.
Running Backs & Fullbacks: Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Danny Woodhead, Le’Ron McClain (MAYBE replace McClain with Gronkowski. But, McClain subbed as a very productive running back for the Ravens with 10 TD’s).
Receivers: Malcolm Floyd, Eddie Royal, Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen, Uggghhhh Robert Meachem, Dan DePalma (because he returns punts, and Willie didn’t impress me so much)
Tight Ends: Antonio Gates, John “catch & block” Phillips, Ladarius Green
Left Tackles: King Dunlap, Max Starks
Left Guards: Chad Rinehart, Johnny “two times” Troutman (because he likes to get two penalties).
Centers: Nick Hardwick, David Molk
Right Guards: Jeromey Clary, Rich Ohrnberger
Right Tackles: DJ Fluker
Right Defensive Ends: Corey Liuget, Damik Scafe (?)
Defensive Tackles: Cam Thomas, Kwame Geathers
Left Defensive Ends: Kendall Reyes, Jarius Wynn (?)
Outside Linebackers: Dwight Freeney, Tourek Williams
Inside Linebackers: Manti Te’O, Bront Bird
Inside linebackers: Donald Butler, Andrew Gachkar (?), DJ Smith
Outside Linebackers: Jarret Johnson, Larry English
Right Cornerbacks: Shareece Wright, Johnny Patrick
Left Cornerbacks: Derek Cox, Steve Williams
Strong Safeties: Marcus Gilchrist, Darrell Stuckey, Brandon Taylor
Free Safeties: Eric Weddle, Sean Cattouse
Special Teams: Nick Novak, Mike Scifres, Mike Windt
Practice squad (Totally Guessing): Jahleel Addae, Marcus Cromartie, Fozzy Whittaker, Mike Willie, Luke Tasker, Byron Jerideau, Nick Becton, Frank Beltre
Honestly, I think you are already looking at your team, pretty much. That’s 51 on a 53 man roster. I would keep the offense the way it is. I would sign the following on defense.
We need ONE more CB.. whether it’s from the roster, or the open market. Gilchrist will play strong safety until Taylor gets back, but Stuckey could get the job done at SS if a CB went down, and Gilly had to move back to CB. Plus Stuckey is a special teams Captain, and our special teams looked awful. Let’s keep Stuckey, and anything Rich Bisaccia taught him.
RDE / LDE are an issue. I would sign one versatile DE, even if it meant cutting Gachkar. We need good depth.
Maybe an OLB (to make up for JJ’s lack of pass rush).
Please voice your thoughts below in the comments section. I am curious to see what you all think can be done to strengthen this team! Of course, this might all be hogwash after the second preseason game… but, I am basing this off of what I saw on Thursday.
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