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Chargers face some decisions

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee , UNION-TRIBUNE
    Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.

    Brandon Lang’s work the past month is one of the things that has made the Chargers’ decision makers scramble as they attempt to configure their 53-man roster.
    The outside linebacker, an undrafted rookie, has likely earned himself a spot on the team already. But he’s not in any position to think so going into Thursday night’s exhibition finale at San Francisco.
    “I’m excited, ready to go out there and show the coaches I’m well worth it,” Lang said. “I’m going to show it. This is a big game for me.”

    This is the preseason game most people, including many players, could do without.
    Head coach Norv Turner even mused earlier this week, as the coaches are in the midst of already specifically preparing for the regular season, that he and his staff might go over a quick game plan on the flight to San Francisco.
    He was kidding, sort of.
    Fact is, there are players the Chargers have yet to decide whether they’re staying or going, even if their best chance is as one of the eight practice squad members.
    “I think there have been some decisions or some evaluations that have been done, and they are incomplete, and the final part of that comes Thursday night,” Turner said. “There are going to be some guys who make this team based on how they play Thursday night, and there are going to be some guys who aren’t going to make this team based on how they play.
    "There are some really tight races based upon our guys, between our guys or positions. To me, it starts with special teams and how they perform on special teams, and then after that how they perform at their positions.”
    The reality, given they have already had every move scrutinized over dozens of practices and three games, is that a player can hurt himself more than help himself in the last preseason game.
    Among the players who could consider this an important final audition: receivers Seyi Ajirotutu, Jeremy Williams and Josh Reed; running backs Shawnbrey McNeal and Curtis Brinkley; offensive linemen Ryan McDonald, Ryan Otterson, Brady Bond and Nick Richmond; quarterback Jonathan Crompton; linebacker Kion Wilson; and cornerbacks Nathan Vasher and Brandon Hughes.
    Nuts ‘n’ Bolts

    • The Chargers signed punter Glen Pakulak on Tuesday for two reasons. He will handle most of the punting duties in the finale, and he has been giving the Chargers returners a look at the ball coming from a left-footed punter. Kansas City’s Dustin Colquitt, who the Chargers will see in the season opener, is a lefty.
    • Cornerback Fred Bennett, signed Tuesday off waivers, did not practice and won’t play Thursday. He did arrive at Chargers Park and was working on the field in the afternoon.
    • Uh-oh. The Chargers are in danger of having their first losing postseason since going 0-5 in 1999.

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