September 1st is the dreaded day for most of the NFL world, due to the fact that every roster goes from 90 to 53.
Cuts are inevitable every year and sometimes some teams are deemed to have positions that they are loaded in and a starter can be out on the open market after September 1st. There are also many other reasons why a team can be moving on from a starting-caliber player such as age, production, off-field issues or money. The Los Angeles Chargers are far from a finished product, there are still holes left to be filled. There’s a group of players that I feel that can come in and contribute on this Chargers’ football team and get one step closer to everyone’s goal, becoming Super Bowl champions.
Jonathan Hankins, DT, Free Agent
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) August 29, 2018
I am going to start with the most obvious selection for the Chargers and the Charger fanbase, Johnathan Hankins. If anyone has been watching the starters during the preseason, you have seen that the run defense is horrendous. Brandon Mebane has been getting pushed around, leaving a huge gap dead center of our defense.
Mebane is no longer the nose tackle that he once was in Seattle and the Chargers rush defense is one of the main weaknesses on the team. Of course this is more of an exception, because Hankins was not apart of any of the roster cuts, he was released March of this year. Nonetheless, Hankins’ run-stuffing ability and sheer size would be a major plus for this already stacked defense.
Hankins’ strong suit is being a run-plugging nose tackle, that’s all the Chargers will ask from him and will need from him. Strong hands that gives him the ability to stack blocks and read the backfield to get to the ball carrier is exactly what the Chargers need for this defense. Some say he is the only missing piece to the puzzle.