Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebackerMelvin Ingram
(54) after a defensive stop during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Combing through the San Diego Chargers roster, it is always good to see what playmakers the team has that are under the age of 25. These are the young up-and-coming players that are full of potential and that can contribute on the roster for a long time. Here are some of the young players on the roster that could be making plays in a Chargers uniform for a long time.
Danario Alexander – 25
This is one of the biggest reasons to take the risk on Alexander. He still is 25 years old! We saw what kind of potential that could be reached if he is on the field. WHEN HE IS ON THE FIELD! If he could stay on the field, he could be a huge force on offense for a long time.
Keenan Allen – 21
We all watched the season that Allen had on offense. It was incredible to watch his production on offense and he was able to do it without much help at the opposite wide receiver position. How much better can he get next season?
Vincent Brown – 24
Brown was a disappointment. He got a lot of playing time, but he was unable to produce with his opportunity. He showed potential in previous seasons before getting hurt, but was unable to reach any of that potential this year. Hopefully a full offseason and more familiarity with the offense gets him on the right track.
Ladarius Green – 23
Green could be a star in this league if he gets more opportunities to play. He has breakaway speed at the tight end position and can stretch the field. His blocking still leaves something to be desired, but if he can make big time plays in the passing game, we would forgive him for that.
D.J. Fluker – 22
He was voted as one of the most inspirational players on the roster already. his leadership on the offensive line will prove huge down the road and he is a beast at right tackle. Have you ever had fun watching a right tackle?
Lawrence Guy – 23
The Chargers picked up Guy in the middle of the season and he proved to be good depth on the defensive line. He is a solid young player to have up front.
Corey Liuget – 23
Liuget showed a lot of potential a couple of seasons ago, but didn’t reach that potential this season. He showed glimpses of that potential, but was unable to play consistently at that high level the entire year. He still is only 23 and has the potential to be great. Just get him a nose tackle to take up some blockers.
Kendall Reyes – 24
Reyes didn’t reach his potential this season. Expectations for him were much higher, but he was unable to get to that level this season. Hopefully adding a nose tackle and other pass rushers onto the roster will boost his production.
Kwame Geathers – 23
Geathers wasn’t a big factor this season, but his development at the nose tackle position could be a huge factor in the future. If he is able to clog up some space in the middle, then he will be a force to handle in the future. He has the size to take on a bunch of blockers.
Donald Butler – 25
Butler is a free agent and the team should bring him back for a few more years. He is a leader on the defense and solid in the middle.
Melvin Ingram – 24
Ingram’s return sparked the team on defense this season. What will he look like after a full offseason program and possibly a full healthy season?
Thomas Keiser – 24
Keiser provides depth at pass rusher. He isn’t a starter in the league, but he fits a role on the team.
Manti Te’o – 22
Te’o had a slow start to his season because of an injury, but he showed a lot of growth throughout the season. He will continue to grow and should be a solid middle linebacker in the league.
Tourek Williams – 22
Williams is still raw, but we all will remember that big strip sack that he had on Peyton Manning. Hopefully he puts in a lot of work in the offseason and becomes a solid role player.
Steve Williams – 22
Williams missed the whole season with an injury. He will get an opportunity to play in the secondary in the coming season and he showed promise in the preseason.
Jahleel Addae – 23
Addae came on as an undrafted free agent and took over at strong safety by the end of the year. He still has room to grow, but made some nice plays in the secondary. He was a good find for the team and kept getting better as the season went on.
The Chargers have a solid group of young players on the roster and will be adding a new batch of rookies onto their roster.