San Diego Chargers: Best and Worst Case Scenario for 2014 Rookies

By Ryan Posner
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Rookie Mini-camp at Chargers Park

Ryan Carrethers (DT, 6-2, 330)

Best Case Scenario: A massive player from Arkansas State, the Chargers hope that Carrether can develop into the 3-4 NT that the team once had in Jamal Williams.

Carrethers has the ideal size to be a successful stop-gap in the middle, and best case scenario, he would be starting from week 1.

While Carrethers was able to collect a lot of tackles last year (93) I think that Bolts are mostly looking for him to take pressure of Manti Teo, Donald Butler, and the rest of the defensive line.

As you would expect for a guy his size, speed and footwork is an issue. However, Carrethers has constantly been praised for his high-motor, and ability to finish plays, which is something not always at his position.

Worst Case Scenario:  Yes Carrethers has a great motor, but at a point it’s tough to ignore his lack of speed. While speed is not crucial at his position, he will need to adjust to the speed of the NFL, which may end up taking some time.

Ideally he would be starting from week one, but with Sean Lissemore on the roster it’s possible that he may not win the job out of camp. The Chargers may decide to stick with Lissemore throughout the season if they don’t see enough development from an unpolished talent like Carrethers

The Chargers desperately need a plug-in the middle this year, but will not rush Carrethers’ development. He may have some trouble finding playing time if he is not able to get into better shape and adjust to the NFL.