The Chargers kick off on Thursday for the first time since January, and some of the more intriguing names to watch in that game are non-starters.
The Chargers head into Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with the plan to not feature most of their starters. In attempt to keep their bodies fresher for the regular season and postseason, head coach Anthony Lynn is opting to let the younger and more inexperienced guys fight for anything from increased snaps to a spot on the team. Who are some of these non-starters to keep an eye on this Thursday?
Chargers: Cortez Broughton, Defensive Tackle
Has anyone heard anything about Broughton thus far?
Many of the defensive story lines have been dominated by either the development of Justin Jones or the return to practice of previously injured first-round pick Jerry Tillery. Broughton, selected in the seventh round, has been a near afterthought through the first few weeks of training camp.
The former Cincinnati defensive tackle racked up some outstanding stats in his final college season, notching an impressive 18.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 13 games played. Of all Day 3 selections, Broughton was the most intriguing by far; as an explosive, disruptive, and productive prospect, many believed he could fill the play-wrecking role Darius Philon once held in the rotation.
Thursday will be the first time most fans have had a chance to see anything out of the team’s seventh-round pick. Can he dominate lesser competition and work to earn a spot on the final roster?