Aug 28, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (76) laughs on the sideline during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The transition is complete. The San Diego Chargers still have not made the formal announcement out to the rest of the world, but we have seen it already play out in training camp. DJ Fluker was shifted inside to right guard a couple of weeks ago when Johnnie Troutman went down with an injury and he has not been kicked right back to the outside since.
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Michael Gehlken announced that Fluker would start the game tonight against the Dallas Cowboys at right guard and he also said that he likely will be the starter at right guard against the Detroit Lions when the season opens up. We can’t say that we didn’t see this one coming.
At some point, Fluker’s playing time at right guard will not be news any longer. After the game today, the media will be talking about the transition of Fluker with head coach Mike McCoy. Will McCoy announce that he is the starter at the position then or will he continue with his same babble of moving players around on the line? Hopefully he just puts all the chatter to rest and we can continue to see Fluker develop at the position.
We all have seen what the team has been doing in training camp in preparation of this transition. We all saw that it was in the works with Joe Barksdale added to the roster in the offseason. Now we are just waiting for that final announcement to come out.
Here are some of the signs that the team gave us in the offseason that foreshadowed this move.