Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (76) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers have started the transition with DJ Fluker to the guard spot. He has been working with the first team at guard for the last week and likely will be the starting right guard going into the first preseason game on Thursday.
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We can’t expect the transition to be smooth sailing from the start, but we do expect that Fluker will be able to move some people in the run game. That should be his strength going into the position. That right side of the line should be strong in the run game with Joe Barksdale at the right tackle spot and Fluker kicking over to guard.
How long will the Chargers experiment with this move? They have not made any official comments on the move at the moment, but it seems that they are leaning in that direction. Fluker struggled at right tackle last season and should have more success kicking inside.
We will all be waiting to see what he does in the preseason. This move likely will be done for the long haul though. Johnnie Troutman is the main competition at the right guard position and he shouldn’t beat out Fluker. The team will allow Fluker to have his struggles at the position, but he will have to show his strength in the run department. Troutman was healthy yesterday and practiced on the 2nd team behind Fluker.