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Los Angeles Chargers add two new offensive linemen

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates his touchdown with teammate Jamar McGloster #65 in the first quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates his touchdown with teammate Jamar McGloster #65 in the first quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Many fans have been waiting to see if the Los Angeles Chargers would take a look at new options along the offensive line. The team answered that with a yes, adding two new offensive linemen on Friday.

The recent word is that Russell Okung could miss multiple games and that should put the Chargers and the team’s fanbase into full mode. It’s one thing to have to rely on Sam Tevi at right tackle again, but finding a left tackle to replace Okung will be no easy feat.

From Inside Training Camp: The context behind RB Melvin Gordon’s agent bringing up a possible trade… while LT Russell Okung’s (pulmonary embolism) likely scenario is missing games to start the season. pic.twitter.com/J6a8nvpRSI

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 1, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys released Larry Allen Jr. on Thursday, son of one of the best overall offensive linemen that ever played in the NFL. The Chargers chose to swoop in and claim him off waivers on Friday.

Allen Jr. is never going to be as good as his father (who is) but if any of the Hall of Famer’s talent rubs off on him, the Chargers will take it. That said, if he can’t make it with the Cowboys, the team his dad starred for, can he make it anywhere?

The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder played his college ball at Harvard and joined the Cowboys this offseason as an undrafted free agent. He was twice selected to the All-Ivy League team in college.

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The other signing was Jamar McGloster, a player with some familiarity with the team.

Undrafted out of Syracuse last season, McGloster has spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders but also spent time on the Chargers’ practice squad last season.

Both of these players will face long odds to make the team this year, but the Chargers clearly want some new options in camp.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the team parted ways with offensive lineman Cole Toner and linebacker Tre’Von Johnson. Toner has been part of the team since being signed in November 2017. Johnson has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Nevada in 2017.

In other news, Daniel Helm, who the Chargers released on Thursday, was claimed by the 49ers. The team must see something in Helm as it released veteran Niles Paul in a corresponding move.

Also on Friday, former Chargers linebacker Hayes Pullard was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.

We’ll wait to see what Allen Jr. and McGloster bring to the table but it is starting to seem clear that the Chargers could have some issues along the offensive line, again.

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