Chargers Roster Depth Ranks 13th in League

By Ernie Padaon

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

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 lineShallowest: 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.