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Chargers looking to replace Jacques Cesaire as starter

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  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Chargers looking to replace Jacques Cesaire as starter

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 22, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT


    Chargers coach Norv Turner says his defensive end Jacques Cesaire has played well the last two years. The team still wants to replace Cesaire the starting lineup.

    “Unless something goes differently than the Chargers foresee, Cesaire will no longer be their right defensive end, the spot he started at the past two seasons,” Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

    Cesaire has been with the team since 2003 and still looks like a solid option for snaps, but he’s currently a free agent. It’s never a good idea to assume anything in the NFL Draft, but it’s hard to imagine the Chargers not taking a defensive front seven player with the No. 18 overall pick.

    3-4 defensive end options like J.J. Watt or Cameron Jordan look like natural fits if they are still around when A.J. Smith makes the first pick in a very important draft for him.

    Chargers looking to replace Jacques Cesaire as starter | ProFootballTalk
     
  2. Blue Bolt

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    And this is news? ;)
     
  3. CoronaDoug

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    Chargers looking for means to a new defensive end
    BY KEVIN ACEE CHARGERS WRITER
    THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011 AT 3:40 P.M.

    Jacques Cesaire might be a Charger in 2011.

    He is just the type of unassuming player to agree to a decent contract and stay on in a reduced role with the team for which he has started 64 since 2003.

    But unless something goes differently than the Chargers foresee, Cesaire will no longer be their right defensive end, the spot he started at the past two seasons.

    The Chargers have acknowledged the need to upgrade at that position. And fortunately for them, there should be ample opportunity to do so in next week’s NFL Draft.


    “Both our ends played really good last year,” head coach Norv Turner said recently. “The perception is we’ve got to get more (impact) plays out of them. Some of it is the system. Jacques played awfully well. Yeah, we want to get better. We’ve got some young guys who can play there and get better, and obviously you can get better by drafting a young guy.”

    How the draft falls could determine whether the Chargers look to get that new starter at No. 18, perhaps trade down, maybe work a trade to get a second first-round pick or use one of their two second- or two third-round picks.

    Most draft analysts and many NFL personnel people acknowledge there are at least a half-dozen players who could be defensive ends in the 3-4 defense the Chargers worthy of being selected in the first round.


    For the purpose of this story, players who would be outside linebackers in the Chargers’ 3-4 defense are not considered defensive ends. (A profile of those defensive end-outside linebacker ‘tweeners, such as expected top-10 pick Robert Quinn and other first-round prospects like Ryan Kerrigan and Aldon Smith, will be the next story in this series.)

    The Chargers are also looking at upgrading the outside linebacker position, which is predominantly where the pressure on the quarterback comes from in their defense.

    How the 17 teams in front of the Chargers pick will determine which players (and possibly positions) the Chargers can choose from. But general manager A.J. Smith has said he is confident there will be multiple players he wants available when the Chargers are on the clock.

    Among the defensive ends who would not be outside linebackers for the Chargers, only Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers can likely be ruled out as a possibility at 18.

    Bowers was at one time expected to be the first or second pick in the draft but has had his pre-draft workouts hampered by January knee surgery and whispers the injury will linger. He is still expected to be gone before the Chargers pick, and furthermore is overwhelmingly suited to be a 4-3 end, though some 3-4 teams see him bulking up and playing nose tackle.

    There still should be at least a couple top-flight 3-4 defensive ends available at No. 18.

    Cal’s Cameron Jordan and Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt are on the Chargers’ radar and could still be waiting for a call when the Chargers pick, though it is believed one or both will be off the board by then. More likely would be the Chargers deciding between Ohio State’s Cameron Heyward and Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn.

    Should the Chargers go with an outside linebacker at No. 18, the top-shelf talent at defensive end stretches into at least the second round and could leak into the third. Among those the Chargers could pursue with a late-second or third-round pick is Miami’s Allen Bailey.

    There are also some good players considered tackles by most who could play end in the Chargers’ system – Temple’s Muhammed Wilkerson, a first-round prospect, and Clemson’s Jarvis Jenkins in the second or third round.

    Ample opportunity to make a move to improve -- even for the most generous observer.

    “We got a lot better in the defensive line last year,” Turner said. “People don’t acknowledge it as much because we didn’t make the playoffs. But we got a lot better in the front seven and a lot better on the defensive line, and we need to expand on that. We need to keep growing.”
    Chargers looking for means to a new defensive end - SignOnSanDiego.com
     
  4. CoronaDoug

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    Acee is on top of things! :p

    Hey it really is the "off season".
     
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    You've gotta love the Norvian quote:
    Apparently there was an accent on the 'awful' part ;)
     
  6. CoronaDoug

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    Hey at least we are not trying to replace Clary. :icon_rofl:
     
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    That's why sarcasm doesn't always translate to the written word. ;)
     
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    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Second and Third round targets likely include Bailey, Christian Ballard, Lawrence Guy, Jarvis Jenkins
     
  9. Bergo23

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    To Legit to quit (which should be his nickname given his nonstop Motor!!!) looks to fit the bill. I hope Vaughn gets plenty of snaps this year and keeps developing as well, against those big running games in division, we are gonna need a wall to stop Oak, KC. Did anybody notice Luigit's TREE TRUNKS for legs?! Those babies are gonna anchor!!!
     

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