August 24, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers nose tackle Kwame Geathers (95) is helped onto a cart after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi
With San Diego Chargers NT Kwame Geathers headed to the IR, the team will have to find some people to fill that space on the roster. Geathers was projected to get a lot of snaps in the middle of the defense, but with his absence the team will need to find some players to take those reps.
Sean Lissemore was going to get a lot of reps at end and nose tackle, but now his role at the nose tackle position will have to expand.without Geathers on the roster, the depth at the position is a mess. Lawrence Guy could come back and help the defensive line, but he is nursing an injury right now. Rookie Ryan Carrethers is going to have a larger role on defense IF he makes the squad. Joe Kruger was brought in and could have a significant role as well.
The team could look at using a 4-man front more often this season as well. The team was already mixing it in last season, but it could see a lot more love this year with the injuries up front. Dwight Freeney is a defensive end and should see most of his work in that role instead of an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Jarret Johnson can be used as a defensive end as well in 4-man fronts. Melvin Ingram can be moved around in a number of different areas. He could play at end or at linebacker or can even get in at a defensive tackle spot.
If the Chargers want to stick with the 3-4 defense, then they need to look at the waiver wire to see if anyone gets dropped in the next few days. There are a number of veterans that are already available that should get looked at as well. The Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers are both looking at the position as well.
The defensive line is a concern, but there will be options for the Chargers.