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Johnnie Troutman Heading Back to the Bench For Chargers


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

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.