With training camp just a few days away, the Chargers have already started making roster moves in preparation for the season ahead.
One big move on the way that doesn’t include the name Joey Bosa is the Chargers likely sending offensive linemen Chris Watt and Trevor Robinson to the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
It appears that for the second straight season, San Diego will have the tedious task of injury management on their hands, specifically on the offensive line. Robinson started 13 of the 16 games he played in with the Bolts last season, while Watt has started eight of the 17 games he’s played in over the last two seasons.
Nov 22, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers center Trevor Robinson (60) awaits the snap during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefsat Qualcomm Stadium. Kansas City won 33-3. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Robinson is currently dealing with complications from a shoulder surgery he received during the offseason, as was reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan earlier today.
Watt dealt with injuries throughout most of his second season with the team, and according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, was expected to miss some time this year after having arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason. Over the last two seasons, Watt has dealt with concussion, knee and ankle issues.
This leaves the Chargers a little thin to start training camp, with just three centers (two of which split time as guards) on the roster: Spencer Pulley, rookie Max Tuerk and offseason addition Matt Slauson.
There are currently 13 unsigned free-agent centers on the market, most notably J.D. Walton, who played in four games with the Chargers last season, just a year after starting 16 games for the New York Giants.
The Chargers also have 12 other offensive linemen on their roster, so the team could attempt to transition one of their current guards into a center should the team fail to find a player who fits the system.
Here’s to hoping that both players heal quickly and are able to add to the team’s O-line depth, avoiding a similar situation like last season.