2015 Depth Charts Update: San Diego Chargers

A breakdown of the San Diego Chargers' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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2015 Depth Charts Update: San Diego Chargers


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Notes

  • Adding Steve Johnson to the mix at wide receiver was a smart addition for the Chargers’ offense, giving them another talented pass-catcher to go along with Keenan Allen and Malcolm Floyd. Despite only lasting one year in San Francisco, Johnson actually had a fairly impressive 2014 season, particularly through the first seven weeks where he was our fourth-highest graded player at the position.
  • You could argue that with Danny Woodhead and Brandon Oliver, they didn’t need to address the running back position this offseason, but while both are good players, they are better suited as third-down and change-of-pace backs. Drafting Melvin Gordon in the first round gives them the true runner that they were lacking, and if he can be as impressive as his time in college suggests, he’ll really help the Chargers on first and second down in particular.
  • It’s been a concern for a while now, but the Chargers have serious issues up front on their defensive line. Of the five players we’ve seen enough to form a true opinion of, only Corey Liuget is good enough to earn a rating of average or better. The biggest concern is at Kendall Reyes’ spot, with the former second-round pick grading at -21.3 on 661 snaps in 2014, the second season in a row where he finished with a grade below -20.0.
  • As worrying as things are up front, there is cause for optimism in the defensive backfield. Brandon Flowers is still a good cornerback, with Eric Weddle remains one of the premier safeties in the NFL. There’s genuine excitement in San Diego about last season’s first-rounder Jason Verrett, with two huge games in the first six weeks of the season standing out. He missed the second half of 2014 through injury, but his development will be one to watch this season.

 

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  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    gotta be the largest OL in the league. combine coach McCoy with them n Melvin gordon, it’s gonna be a bitch dealing with that type of balance and rivers

    • Chris

      LOLWUT Fluker is a guard?!? Isn’t there a 350 pound weight limit???

      • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

        on this team that’s the weight minimum apparently

    • Dalen Erickson

      Big yes but not dominant by any means. Barksdale is a band-aid solution. Hes proven he can start but nobody is excited about it. Watt also has a long way to go in his development but played well last year. Fluker is yet to become the player they hoped for when they snagged him in the first round but I expect him to get better. I suppose I may have an unfair standard for O-line being a Cowboys fan haha

      • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

        no doubt, and fluker at RG is an unknown commodity, but they will cover their weaknesses by running a lot more than they have the last two years. gonna be like the 2011 tebow offense in denver that led the league in rushing but with a potential HOF’er at QB instead of a FB who throws

  • Chris

    Great QB, great set of HBs, lots of quality pass catchers, above average OL….if they can get their defense off the field they’re gonna score a LOT of points.

    • Jack

      Yup.

      If they go back to a run heavy/ball control offense like in the 2nd half of 2013, they have a good shot of winning 10-11 games.

  • Julien Bélair

    so L.Green and B.Oliver are categorize as good but C,Liuget is average…..get out of here !

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      he regressed in ’14. dude a beast tho

      • cameronm

        No he didn’t he was fantastic last year

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          well the experts agree with me

          • cameronm

            I can’t take anyone seriously when they upvote their own comments

    • Izach

      No that’s about right nothing special with liuget, except maybe his wallet now.

  • Dalen Erickson

    I think this is the weakest front 7 in football right now. Chargers are absolutely a contender but they really need some guys to step up on defense. Butler is a guy who 3 years ago I thought was a rising star but seems to have plateaued. Ingram really needs to step it up. I cant believe they didnt draft another interior D-lineman or a top notch edge rusher. I think that will cost them.
    I really thought they would at least try to acquire someone like Orakpo or Dan Williams to strengthen that front 7.
    Lissemore is a solid player, I was disappointed when my Boys traded him away, but he is far from an ideal NT. Probably better suited for a 3-4 end.

    • Left footed pitcher

      I agree about the DL, but Attaochu (bless you, hear he’s healthy) and Perryman should help at OLB/ILB. I think this defense has some untapped talent and upside … (PFF isn’t really in the projection business).
      What stands out to me is lack of speed/deep threat on offense … am I overlooking someone? There’s the perception this offense is loaded, but they scored about 130 points less than Denver (348 PF, 348 PA). So I’m not so sure about the idea some people promote that “they just need to fix the defense”. The offense was only average last year, it needs to improve as well for SD to become a contender.

      • Big White Kahuna

        The offense was average due to a horrid o-line. With a bad line, RB cant find holes and QB is always under pressure and WR dont have time to run their routes. This is a potent offense and with the new arrivals, this offense will once again be scary good.

        • Dalen Erickson

          Agreed. I dont think it will be a top offense but it will be very effective for sure

        • micah

          Yeah most of the offensive problems came from a lack of a running game. You get that going and all kinds of things open up for the passing game.

      • Dalen Erickson

        I agree with pretty much everything you said. Well I agree there’s no ideal deep threat here BUT I think its a much improved WR corps from last year. Stevie Johnson was a great value score for them. Hes a savvy route runner with size and good hands but far from having elite speed at this stage in his career. Jacoby Jones certainly has the speed to be a deep threat but will most likely earn his money on special teams as he has done so far in his career. Definitely not loaded though.

        • Big White Kahuna

          I agree they dont have a deep threat since VJ left. And I agree that Stevie will replace Eddie Royal very nicely and might surpass him as a better slot receiver. Jones is ST only. Once in a blue moon he will be used for the deep bomb, but not a great receiver.

          • Dalen Erickson

            agreed

  • Dalen Erickson

    Luiget and Weddle are the only top notch defenders on this defense. Flowers is rock solid and Verret is a rising start but neither would ever be mistaken for premium at this point in their respective careers

  • theowl

    As great as they look on offense, they still need to play D.

  • Woody

    Green better than Gates?

  • NAJ

    It should be a priority to keep Weddle around at season’s end. I’d love him to join H Smith at Vikes!

  • Tony

    You guys have the safety positions backwards. Weddle is a free safety that usually plays on the weak side.

  • Izach

    Thanks chargers for ruining the market for 3-4 DEs now that and average guy gets 50 mill idk what cam heywards gonna get might not be able to sign him anymore

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi