Before each game I will be covering three players who need to perform well to help the Chargers come out on top. This week the Chargers face the Arizona Cardinals.
The first preseason game against the Titans left a lot to be desired. Game 2 against the Arizona Cardinals will be a chance to show improvement. The players on this list aren’t necessarily factors that will contribute to a win, but more of players fighting for a roster spot as well as players who have something to prove.
Here are my three players who must play big:
ILB Nick Dzubnar
Aug 22, 2015; Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Last week a player in large part responsible for the ease of the Titans’ run game was Nick Dzubnar. Either struggling hitting the gaps or just looking stuck in quicksand, Dzubnar seemed lost. With the additions of Joshua Perry and Jatavis Brown, Dzubnar needs to play his heart out if he wishes to find himself anywhere near the roster.
Here is to hoping that Philip Rivers never gets injured. All of the other quarterbacks look terrible. Kellen Clemens has shown what he is capable of–what you see is what you get. Zach Mettenberger is young at the age of 25. There is a chance for improvement, not much, but there is some. He is also the cheaper option if he were to be retained over Clemens, but he just hasn’t shown any additional reasons to keep around. He could potentially give awesome hair styling tips, so there’s that. If Mettenberger can’t make it onto the Chargers bench, his career might be over before anyone has the opportunity to learn how to spell his last name.
Clark, picked in the seventh round, looked like a serious steal in the draft after watching him play against the Titans. He held his own almost every down and showed great ability at pulling, creating a large running lane for Branden Oliver. Having physical and mobile linemen that can be relied on for such a play is something of beauty. If he continues to play with such tenacity, Clark has a real chance of jumping Kenny Wiggins on the depth chart.