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Player Movement – Pre-Season Game 4

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    By MadMike
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    <img width="196" height="178" align="left" alt="San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, right, tries to get away from San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, left, after recovering a fumble during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Paul Sakuma/AP)" title="San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, right, tries to get away from San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, left, after recovering a fumble during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Paul Sakuma/AP)" src="http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/95bfe0a5-f5aa-487e-98d6-6ebff9d37697.jpg" />The Chargers are a 53 man team now (Check that, 52 and hopefully not counting-) The cuts have been made, the Practice Squad has been stocked. The Risers and Fallers should be easy this week. With that lets get to Week 4:

    <strong>Risers:</strong>

    Everyone who made the team – You made it. Special congrats got to Greg Camarillo who earned his stripes by working hard in camp and playing good special teams.

    Charlie Whitehurst – He played a decent game against the 49er's, especially considering he faced the first team defense for most of the first quarter. The TD pass to Floyd over Sammy Davis was a thing of beauty and a fitting memory to his painful time in San Diego. He starts the season as the #2 QB for the Chargers. Damn, that would have won you real money in Vegas if you could have called that before the draft. Look to him dropping to the #3 on the depth chart as Billy Volek or some other veteran steps in to back up Rivers.

    Marcus McNeill – Played well with his stump wrapped. He looks serviceable to start the season with and shows glimpses of greatness. I hope he stays healthy and grows into a decade of faithful service to the Bolts.

    Donnie Edwards – Love to see another Charger LB looking strong. He made a statement for other teams looking for his help, but also made a statement to the Chargers saying "Are you sure you don't need me this year"?

    Malcolm Floyd – Had a fine receiving day. The TD catch was beautiful and hopefully a sign of what's to come when we run the Elephant in the Gold Zone.

    Cletis Gordon – Decent returns and a nice pick for a TD. Wasn't spectacular in coverage but looks like he can learn.

    Tyronne Gross – Finally saw some playing time and really impressed me with his running. Similar to Darren Sproles as a short, stocky speed-demon. Glad he made the practice squad.

    Aaron Shea – Gets on the Risers list solely for making the team without practicing or playing a down. Either the money was too much to toss in the fire or AJ thinks this guy could really help us out down the road.

    Shaun Phillips – Definitely not the way you want to win the starting job. Looks up to Foley like his big brother, but lets hope some of his run-stopping prowess and coverage smarts rubbed off. We all know that Shaun is probably the best straight up pass rusher we have. He may be a real force in the game with more downs in the game. Lets hope he holds up his end of the rushing D and catches those TE's and RB's coming out of the backfield.

    Antonio Cromartie – Just when we think this kid has shown us all his skills, he up and almost blocks 2 place kicks. Anyone see the look on his face once he got in there? Almost like he didn't know what the heck to do now that he was there. Note to Cro-Mart: Jump on the damn ball. Once this kid adds the knowledge to go with the skills, he will be scary.

    <strong>Now this weeks fallers:</strong>

    Steve Foley – Uh, getting shot immediately puts you on the fallers list. Getting IR'd does the same. We wish you a speedy recovery, a huge investigation into the crazy events leading up to this, and hopes you are healthy, happy, and ready to join the team again next year. We will miss you Big Steve.

    Ray Perkins – Glad he made the Practice Squad again but I thought he had earned a spot with the strong running over the last couple of weeks. Hey we seem to have an open spot on the roster-.

    Brett Elliott – Looked very raw against the 49er scrubs. He needs a lot of work to bring him up to solid backup status. Hopefully he will get some work on the Practice Squad and maybe NFL Europe next year.

    AGB – Not gonna even try and spell it. Worked hard but on a LB stocked team, he knew it was gonna be hard to make the team. Hmmm, as I said before, we seem to have an open spot on the roster-

    Hanik Milligan – The guy was a great special teamer, but he got his Pro-Bowl spot mostly due to Kassim Osgood's play. He is not a good safety. He is great pumping up the crowd, he is great in ST coverage, but he is too one-dimensional. Keeping him would have been like keeping two kickers; A luxury we really can't afford. Good luck wherever you go Hanik, Ill miss your moves on the kickoff team getting the end-zone fans fired up.

    It's Kickoff time folks. Lets put the beer on ice, stock the fridge's with dead animal, clean the BBQ to a sparkling surgical clean, and get the remote fingers stretched and ready, its game time!It's that special week where Schotty goes ape guano and whips his players into a Raider killing frenzy. Schottenheimer lives for these weeks. He will have our team ready to come out and punish the "Nation". Its time for the "AJ Players" to step up and lead this team to the promised land, making tracks through Oakland. Go Bolts!
     

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