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Chargers sign two offensive tackles

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    Chargers sign two offensive tackles
    Written by Michael Gehlken

    Finding themselves thin at offensive tackle, the Chargers added some depth and versatility Wednesday.

    The team signed veterans Anthony Davis and Michael Toudoze to one-year deals. Each recently spent time in the United Football League, including as teammates in 2010 with the Florida Huskers.

    The Chargers also released tackle John Cullen and placed fullback Patrick Doyle on the Waived-Injured list. Doyle, a former Torero, will go on injured reserve once he clears waivers.

    San Diego is still missing Jared Gaither.

    Out since July 28, the starting left tackle has participated in just one full practice since the start of camp.

    His back ailment is healing slower than the Chargers hoped, and he will miss Thursday's preseason opener. There is some doubt as to whether Gaither will be ready to face the Cowboys on Aug. 18.

    Coach Norv Turner has expressed confidence in the team's ability to prepare him for the season in relatively short order. Gaither signed a four-year, $24.5 million contract in March with $8 million in signing bonus and $13.5 million guaranteed.

    The additions of Davis and Toudoze add support behind Michael Harris. The undrafted rookie has seen first-team reps in Gaither's absence.

    The signings also give the Chargers more flexibility, allowing tackle Mario Henderson to continue working on the right side, where he's developing into a potential swing option for the regular season.

    Undrafted rookie Cordell Bell has seen second-team reps at left tackle. Given his versatility, he's capable of a move to guard.

    Davis is 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds. He entered the NFL in 2003 as an undrafted rookie with the Buccaneers, starting every game at left tackle in 2005 and 2006.

    The 32-year-old's last NFL action came in 2008. He's been playing in the United Football League since the Saints released him before the 2009 season.

    Toudouze, 29, is listed at 6-6 and 300 pounds. He's mostly bounced off and on the Colts roster since they drafted him in the fifth round in 2006.

    Over his NFL career, he has appeared in nine games with a start at right tackle in 2009.

    Neither Davis nor Toudouze is expected to play Thursday. They tried out at Chargers Park on Wednesday after the team's final pre-game walkthrough for the Packers.
  2. Dublin Bolt

    Dublin Bolt BoltTalker

    Aug 12, 2006
    So tonight Harris is going to start and play most of the game at LT?. I guess Henderson is going to replace Clary first and maybe move to the LT spot after a while. Who comes in at RT then?, Bell, Trautwein? I don't wanna see Harris have to go the full 60 by any means.

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