D.J. Fluker Held His Own At Left Tackle

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) celebrates a touchdown run with tackle D.J. Fluker (76) and center Rich Ohrnberger (74) during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Who knew that we would have to use D.J. Fluker over at left tackle this season? With the San Diego Chargers losing both of their left tackles in the game, rookie RT D.J. Fluker had to move over to the left side of the line. King Dunlap had to leave the game with another concussion and his backup Mike Remmers injured his leg soon after that.

With both guys out, the Chargers moved Fluker over to the left side and he played well. He had some issues with the speed rush at times, but he still was able to hold his own over there. It was good to see his effort out there at a position that he doesn’t play.

Here is how Philip described D.J.’s play on the field:

“He did a heck of a job..he kind of had the wide eyes early. Around here we say ‘just ball’ and that’s what he did” (Marty Caswell)

Thank goodness the Chargers have a BYE week to recover from some injuries. King Dunlap was hurt earlier in the year with a concussion and had to miss extra time because of the concussion. It cannot be good news that he has another concussion so soon after the first one. What are the Chargers going to do on the left side without many other options?