Dec 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts at tackle D.J. Fluker (76) after being sacked during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
It would be an understatement to say that the offensive line needs to be addressed at some level via free agency. Fortunately for the Bolts, there are a few reputable names that could be very realistic options to sign for the upcoming 2015 season. Before looking outside, it’s important to know the current roster status. Longtime center Nick Hardwick is expected to retire at age 33 after a neck injury ended his 2014 season early. Speculations from a “source” claim that D.J. Fluker will be shifting to guard this season, but I wouldn’t take that to heart until McCoy himself repeats it. Here is Telesco’s response to the question of D.J. switching to guard.
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“He had some uneven performances early, but you know that we had some games late in the year playing some teams with some pretty good pass rushers on both sides, including back to back Denver and New England, and Philip wasn’t touched (due to tackles’ losing) in those two games, and D.J. was a part of that,” said the GM, whose first draft pick was Fluker. “I think he’s someone as a young player you just have to keep working with. Does he have some versatility? I think he does. But I think he can still play right tackle in this league. I do.”
Fluker was utterly underwhelming this season as he amassed 9 penalties for 55 yards including 6 false starts and was also credited for the allowance of 7 sacks. Fluker has all the makings of a pro-bowl talent, but needs to put them together to get there. To put that into perspective, King Dunlap had only 4 penalties on the season and allowed just 3.5 sacks. Set as a free agent himself, Dunlap will need to be a priority this off-season.
Here are some of the more viable options that the Chargers could take a look at: