Thomas Davis and Tyrod Taylor
The Chargers didn’t do much on the free-agent market outside the organization and the moves they made seemed to come out of left field. But that doesn’t mean they were bad moves.
Thomas Davis: After 14 years with the Carolina Panthers, the Chargers signed 36-year old Thomas Davis. Just reading that sentence doesn’t bring a lot of excitement, but the fact that Davis has had some of his best years recently is likely what Telesco saw in him.
Davis has only made the Pro Bowl three times, but those trips to the annual All-Star game came when he was 32, 33 and 34 years old.
If Davis can instill the kind of knowledge that he gave to Luke Kuechly in a guy like Perryman, it could be a great move for the Chargers. Aside from his age, which may not even be a factor, there’s not much to dislike here.
Tyrod Taylor: Whether this was a brilliant move or a strange signing is up for debate, the Chargers no doubt upgraded the backup quarterback position. But is that something the team even needed?
Philip Rivers hasn’t missed a game since he took over as the team’s starting quarterback, a fact that Taylor obviously knew when he signed his contract. Either he sees the Chargers sideline as a good one to carry the clipboard, or he sees a chance to take over when Rivers retires.
It was a strange move, but should the Chargers need to call on Taylor, fans should feel much more confident than they did in Geno Smith, Cardale Jones, Kellen Clemens, Charlie Whitehurst or any other guy who has stood behind Rivers on the depth chart.
Overall Grade: B
It’s easy to say that the Chargers should have done more in free agency, but it also seems clear that Telesco and his staff was pretty much satisfied with the roster as it was, outside of adding some more veteran leadership.
We’ll see what holes the team looks to fill in the draft, but truth is, this team doesn’t have too many holes.
A solid ‘B’ is the right grade here for a team that didn’t really need to do much.