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Roster Struggles; Linemen

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    By Curtis Egan aka Concudan
    <em>BoltTalk Staff Writer</em>

    In Lake Elsinore there lives a man, a Charger fan, a trumpet blower. Many people know of Trumpet_Man, as many have heard him blowing charge in the parking lot before the games, and playing taps for the losing fans as they leave the Q. Trumpet_Man preaches Beef. Beef in the morning, beef in the evening, beef in the afternoon. He feels when you have beef you whole day just goes so much better. See Trumpet_Man for those of you who do not frequent the BoltTalk forums, is not a butcher, he does not own a meat market in Lake Elsinore, nor is he a famous cattle tycoon from Texas. Trumpet_Man is a die hard, long time Charger fan, and for those of us who have grown to know and respect the ramblings of this rabid Charger fan, we know when he says ‘BEEF' he means the big bodied men who work in the trenches.

    The big boys who wither protect the Quarterback or try to crumble the pocket around the oppositions signal callers. The large body that, arguably, one can say the true game revolves around. It all begins and ends up front. That is why Trumpet_Man is also called the Preacher of Beef. He wants beef, be it offensive beef or defensive beef.

    So I thought today, in preparation for the season I would take a look at the BEEF as our friend likes to call it. Today I will break down the line on both sides of the ball. I usually only look at one side of the ball at a time, but I thought this would be the position to try something different on.

    On with the BEEF issue of Roster Struggles!

    <strong>Pocket Protectors:</strong>
    No this isn't a flashback to 80's hit movie; Revenge of the Nerds, this is where we take a look at the offensive line. Our 2006 roster has some wonderful new talent on it including the young Marcus McNeill who was the NFL's rookie of the month last September and was one of the few left tackle to be voted to the ProBowl in their rookie season. He did not have a cake walk either. As a rookie he went against some of the better defensive tackles, such as Cincinnati Bengals tackle Willie Andersen. Back is the player we fans lover to call Dirty. Not because of his personal hygiene, but because of his tenacious and nasty style of play. Chris Deilman signed a contract to stay in San Diego this off season, turning down much more money that was being offered by the Seattle Seahawks.

    Last season the Chargers kept 11 offensive linemen on the active roster and two on the practice squad. That was six tackles, three guards and two centers for the active list and a tackle and center on the practice squad. This season the camp roster has four centers listed, of which two can also play guard, six guards, of which one can play tackle, and six tackles, of which one can play tight end.

    It begs to be pointed out that of all the positions reviewed in this series thus far, the Offensive Tackle position is the only one that has the same number of players on the camp roster as was on the active roster in 2006.

    So to total the numbers of the Offensive Line, we currently have 16 OL personnel in camp, for a total of 11 active positions and possibly 2 practice squad positions. The numbers game may effect these positions less as the best players will be chosen. Because without a cohesive, good offensive line, Head Coach Norv Turner cannot fully implement his offensive scheme, much of which calls for long passing plays. Those plays take time to develop, time that the QB need to be protected. For that you need grade A beef, the best we can get.

    <strong>The Big Bullies:</strong>
    I love this part! One of my fondest memories as a Charger fan occurred last year. It is where a Cincinnati player was running up the sideline, looked like he was going to go all the way for the score. Then blazing in from off screen came this moving mountain of man flesh, who blew the hapless Bengal clean off the playing field. I am not sure if that poor guy has hit the ground yet- But that Moutain of man flesh was not other than big boi Jamal ‘the Manster' Williams.

    Here is the thing, Nose Tackles are not supposed to be that fast, or athletic enough to catch an offensive player who has hit full speed. But Jamal Williams, who is arguably the most dominant tackle in the NFL right now did just that.

    The Chargers three front defensive linemen are incredibly strong, agile and talented. They truly are the BEEF that starts the D going the right way. They have the ability to instantly start crushing the pocket of protection the opposing Quarterbacks have, and take up one, two, sometimes three blockers allowing the Linebackers to come in and get the sack.

    If it sound like I love the defensive line, it is because I do! They make a defense, and ours helps make our defense what it is- GREAT!

    Last season the Chargers kept only six defensive linemen on the active roster, and as in the case of the offensive line, they also kept two defensive linemen on the practice squad for emergencies. This season I don't see any reason for that to change.

    But in camp right now, playing for their professional lives are a group of eleven defensive linemen trying to show the coaches they are good enough to avoid the dreaded Turk. Seven defensive ends are in camp, while there are four defensive tackles.

    That is eleven men for six active roster positions, and up to two practice squad positions. That is of course my guessing that the numbers will not change. It is quite possible that the Chargers only carry five active defensive linemen, making an extra spot for a linebacker-.

    The numbers game is the question here, with so much talent, and so few roster spots, who are the shoe in's? Not an easy question with these groups, and a good problem I have when looking at the San Diego Chargers of late. It is not an easy question with any of the groups.

    So who are the ‘shoe ins' for the team? Most of us know them, but you never know with the NFL, Pro-Bowl players have found themselves cut the following year in the past, as was the case recently with Hanik Milligan, who was a Pro-Bowl Special team's player in 2005, and found himself cut and playing for the Cardinals in 2006.

    We can almost count on the fact that the following players will be back, it is neigh inconceivable that they would be cut, even given the hectic and unforgiving nature of the NFL:

    <strong>CONCUDAN'S SHOE IN'S</strong>
    <em>Offensive Linemen</em>

    <strong>#61 Nick Hardwick, C, 3 year veteran</strong>
    Nick Hardwick had a year to remember in 2006.

    It started in March when he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Jayme Biamonte, a former soccer player at Purdue. Then, in June, he signed a new six-year contract to remain a Charger through the 2011 season. It continued in the fall and winter when Hardwick, one of the key cogs on San Diego's offensive line, helped the Bolts rush for a team-record 2,578 yards en route to a 14-2 record and the team's second AFC West crown in the last three years. When it was all said and done, the fourth-year pro from Indianapolis capped off the year with an invitation to appear in his first-career Pro Bowl.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Selected to AFC Pro Bowl squad...started Weeks 1-16 and AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England...line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland...quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead...line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17...for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks...also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee's defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner...line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest...only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game...line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8...Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game...line didn't allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15...marked third game of season group did not allow sack...line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5...helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12...starting five named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after clearing way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19...line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26...helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3...came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays...group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays...line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17...helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24...closed out season with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona...anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England.

    <strong>#65 Cory Withrow, G / C, 7 year veteran</strong>
    Signed in 2006 during training camp, Cory Withrow brings experience and depth to the Chargers' offensive line. Cory saw his most extensive action of the 2006 season when he filled in for an injured Nick Hardwick during the Chargers' Nov. 12 game at Cincinnati in which the Bolts overcame a 21-point second-half deficit to pull out a thrilling 49-41 win en route to winning the AFC West title. Shortly after the 2006 season came to a close, the Chargers rewarded Cory with a new three-year contract that will keep him with the Chargers through 2009.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Did not play Week 1...saw late action in Week 2 game against Tennessee at center and helped deliver key blocks during 73-yard run by Michael Turner and 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Charlie Whitehurst two plays later...did not play Weeks 3-4 &amp; 6-7...saw late action Week 5 at S.F. and on special teams Weeks 8-16 and in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England...briefly filled in at center for injured Nick Hardwick (ankle) in Nov. 12 contest at Cincinnati...offense did not miss beat as he entered game with Bolts at Cincinnati's eight-yard line...three plays later, Chargers scored touchdown on two-yard run by LT to climb back within 38-35...saw brief action at center in third quarter of Denver game Dec. 10 and at Seattle Dec. 24.

    <strong>#63 Scott Mruczkowski, G, 2 year veteran</strong>
    A former seventh-round draft choice who is now in his third NFL season, Scott Mruczkowski (Merch-COW-ski) has become a key reserve on the Chargers' offensive line. He is a versatile player who can line up at either center or guard. He also contributes on special teams.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Saw action at left guard late in Week 1 after Kris Dielman came out of game with tight hamstring...saw late action in Sept. 17 game against Tennessee at left guard and helped deliver key blocks during 73-yard run by Michael Turner and 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Charlie Whitehurst two plays later...did not play Weeks 3-4 &amp; 6-9...saw action on offensive line Week 5 at San Francisco and briefly at left guard Week 12 at Buffalo...played on special teams Week 10 at Denver...started Week 11 against Oakland for injured Kris Dielman (ankle) and had solid game against Warren Sapp and Raiders' front line...Bolts only allowed one sack (-2 yards) in 33 pass plays and blocked for 110 rush yards and two touchdowns...injured knee in Week 13 game versus Denver during PAT and was inactive Weeks 14-16...returned to action and played on special teams in AFC Playoffs vs. New England.

    <strong>#68 Kris Dielman, G, 4 year veteran</strong>
    Kris Dielman found his pot of gold right here in San Diego.

    After another standout season in 2006, his second as a starter for the Chargers, Dielman had an opportunity to test the market as an unrestricted free agent. But instead of chasing riches and starting anew in a different NFL city, Dielman chose to follow his heart and signed a new six-year deal to stay with the Chargers through 2012.

    <strong>2006:</strong> First-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad...named Chargers co-Lineman of Year by teammates...shared award with Jamal Williams and Marcus McNeill...selected to ESPN.com's All-Pro Team...started Weeks 1-10, 12-16 and in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England...inactive for Week 11 game against Oakland and replaced in starting lineup by Scott Mruczkowski...line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland...quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead...line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17...for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks...also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee's defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner...line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest...only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game...line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8...Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game...line didn't allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15...marked third game of season group did not allow sack...line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5...helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12...Bolts' starting five all named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after clearing way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19...line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26...helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3...came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays...group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays...line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17...helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24...closed out season with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona...anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England.

    <strong>#79 Mike Goff, G, 9 year veteran</strong>
    After signing with the Chargers in 2004, guard Mike Goff immediately assumed a leadership role on the offensive line. He took youngsters Nick Hardwick, Shane Olivea and Marcus McNeill under his wing. He opened his Pacific Beach home to guard Kris Dielman and regularly hosted members of the offensive line and other current and former teammates to his house for dinner. This camaraderie has paid huge dividends as the offensive line has excelled as a unit. In each of Goff's three seasons in San Diego, the Chargers have ranked in the NFL's top 10 in rushing offense, including a number-two ranking in 2006. Due in large part to the play of the offensive line, the Chargers have strung together five-consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons, the longest such streak in team history and tied with Denver for the longest active streak in the NFL.

    <strong>2006:</strong> First-team All-Pro by SportsIllustrated.com...started all 16 games plus AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England...line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland...quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead...line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17...for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks...also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee's defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner...line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest...only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game...line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8...Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game...line didn't allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15...marked third game of season group did not allow sack...line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5...helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12...starting five all named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after clearing way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts, in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19...line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26...helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3...came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays...group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays...line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17...helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24...closed out season with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona...anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England.

    <strong>#70 Shane Olivea, T / G, 3 year veteran</strong>
    Shane Olivea has been a key contributor along the Chargers' offensive line. A starter his first three years in the league, this former seventh-round draft choice has missed only one game due to injury. With Shane anchoring the right side of the offensive line, the Chargers have rushed for more than 2,000 yards and passed for more than 3,400 yards each of his three seasons. Before the 2006 season had even started, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith rewarded the former Ohio State Buckeye with a lucrative contract extension that will keep him in San Diego through 2011. That contract paid immediate dividends in 2006 as the Chargers rushed for a team-record 2,578 yards and captured their second AFC West title in the last three seasons.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Started all 16 games plus AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England...line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland...quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead...line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17...for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks...also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee's defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner...line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest...only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game...line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8...Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game...line didn't allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15...marked third game of season group did not allow sack...line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5...helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12...starting five all named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after clearing way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts, in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19...line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26...helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3...came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays...group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays...line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17...helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24...closed out season with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona...anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England.

    <strong>#73 Marcus McNeill, OT, 1 year veteran</strong>
    When Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith drafted Marcus McNeill in the second round in 2006, several observers rolled their eyes after it was reported that McNeill was slowed by a back ailment in college that would most likely limit him in the NFL. Leave it to Smith and McNeill to prove the doubters wrong as the Chargers rookie left tackle didn't miss a practice or a game in '06. McNeill went on to start all 16 games and he was voted by his peers as an alternate to the Pro Bowl after playing and dominating the league the entire season. He did so while playing with two broken hands, and after the season when Cincinnati Bengals tackle Willie Andersen had to pull out of the all-star game, Marcus was called on to replace him and he was given the nod to start.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Selected as first-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad and added to team after Cincinnati's Willie Anderson pulled out due to injury...selected to USA Today Sports Weekly's All-Pro Team...named to All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America...chosen to USA Today's All-Joe Team...named Chargers co-Lineman of Year...named NFL Offensive Rookie of Month in September...started Weeks 1-16 and AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England...line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland...quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead...line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17...for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks...also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee's defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner...line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest...only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game...line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8...Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game...line didn't allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15...marked third game of season group did not allow sack...line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5...helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12...shared Chargers Alumni Player of Week honors with offensive line as starting five cleared way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19...line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26...helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3...came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays...group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays...line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17...helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24...closed out season with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona...anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England...starting right tackle for AFC in 2007 Pro Bowl...squad rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown, while allowing just one sack in 40 passing plays.

    That is seven offensive line players for the total of eleven active roster positions. A center, a guard/center, three guards and two tackles. Now lets see the defensive linemen shoe ins.

    <em>Defensive Linemen</em>

    <strong>#74 Jacques Cesaire, DE, 4 year veteran</strong>
    Jacques Cesaire (SEE-zair) is one of the most versatile players on the Chargers defensive line. A player who can rush the passer from either the left or the right side of the defensive line, Cesaire was called upon in 2006 to spell both Igor Olshansky and Luis Castillo at various times during the season. He also was a key backup at defensive tackle. Jacques responded in a big way as he posted career highs in tackles (47) and sacks (4) while starting 10 games as the Chargers boasted the NFL's seventh-best run defense. Jacque's season unfortunately ended all too soon as he too was hit by injury, suffering a knee injury in the regular season finale that kept him out of the lineup for the Chargers AFC Divisional Playoff game against New England. He has worked hard to fully recover from the injury and is ready for another explosive season in 2007.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Took over Week 1 for injured Igor Olshansky (knee) after he was hurt on first series of game and finished night with three tackles...also started Week 2 for Olshansky...played Weeks 3-5, 8 &amp; 14 in reserve role...lone tackle against Pittsburgh Oct. 8 was for four-yard loss on third-and-17 play to force Pittsburgh punt late in third quarter of 17-13 game...Bolts drove for field goal on ensuing possession to stretch lead to 20-13...started Weeks 6-7 in place of Olshansky...made one of team's biggest defensive plays of season in third quarter of Oct. 29 game against St. Louis, stripping ball from Stephen Davis at San Diego 25-yard line as Rams were driving in 14-7 game...Marlon McCree scooped up fumble and returned it 79 yards for touchdown that instead gave Chargers 21-7 lead...it was Cesaire's first-career forced fumble...led team with career-high two sacks Nov. 5 against Cleveland...helped stall first-quarter drive with six-yard sack on third-down play in first quarter...later added three-yard sack on third-down play during second-quarter drive...started Weeks 9-13 for injured Luis Castillo (ankle)...led defensive line with nine tackles and two quarterback pressures in 35-27 win at Denver Nov. 19...shared eight-yard sack with Derreck Robinson on second-down play during Oakland's final drive late in fourth quarter Nov. 26...Bolts intercepted pass two plays later to secure 21-14 victory...despite battling flu-like symptoms throughout Dec. 24 game in Seattle, racked up 1.5 sacks and tackle for loss en route to being selected as Chargers Alumni Player of Week...had sacks on back-to-back drives in second quarter, including eight-yard sack against Matt Hasselbeck on second-and-14 play and shared six-yard sack with Shawne Merriman on third-and-10 play...both drives in which he incurred sacks ended in three and outs...later tackled Shaun Alexander for one-yard loss in fourth quarter... came out of Arizona game Dec. 31 with left knee injury and did not return...inactive for AFC Playoff game vs. New England.

    <strong>#93 Luis Castillo, DE, 2 year veteran</strong>
    Chargers starting left defensive end Luis Castillo was a nightmare for opposing right tackles as a rookie in 2005, but he was slowed last season by a nagging ankle injury. Despite the injury, Castillo still managed to rank third on the team with seven sacks and he was selected as a second-alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. Luis teamed with linemates Igor Olshansky, Jamal Williams and Jacques Cesaire to anchor the NFL's seventh-best run defense.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Second-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad-started Weeks 1-8 at defensive end-in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland, racked up 1.5 sacks and led team with seven total tackles-teamed with Shaun Phillips to sack Aaron Brooks for three-yard loss on third-and-nine play in second quarter-on ensuing drive, Bolts kicked field goal for 13-0 lead-on last play of third quarter, sacked Brooks again for seven-yard loss to help force punt two plays later-Chargers drove 58 yards for touchdown and 20-0 lead on following drive-registered tackle for loss among pair of stops Week 2 vs. Tennessee-collected 1.5 sacks to go along with seven tackles against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8-shared three-yard sack with Igor Olshansky in third quarter on drive after Bolts had scored touchdown to take 17-13 lead-helped force punt three plays later-sacked Ben Roethlisberger for eight-yard loss on first play of Pittsburgh's last offensive series of game-had first interception of his career in San Francisco Oct. 15-was only fourth interception by Chargers lineman this decade and first since Adrian Dingle in 2004-later closed out game with six-yard sack on San Francisco's final play of game-Oct. 22 in Kansas City, Castillo had fumble recovery after Marques Harris sack and forced fumble that allowed Chargers to drive and tie game 27-27 late in fourth quarter-led defensive line with six tackles, Oct. 29 against St. Louis, including one-yard tackle for loss against Tony Fisher on last play of first half-collected five-yard sack on third down play to force field goal attempt in second quarter against Cleveland Nov. 5-injured ankle in Browns game and was inactive Weeks 9-12-came back Week 13 against Denver after missing last four games with ankle injury-was only going to see limited action but was pressed into duty when Jacques Cesaire left game with neck injury-ended up making huge play in fourth quarter by sacking Jay Cutler for eight-yard loss on fourth-and-two play-five plays later, LaDainian Tomlinson scored his NFL record-tying 28th touchdown of season on six-yard run-started Week 14 vs. K.C. and collected four-yard sack against Trent Green on first-down play in fourth quarter-re-injured ankle in Kansas City game and inactive Weeks 15-16-returned to starting lineup for AFC Divisional Playoffs vs. N.E.-pressured Tom Brady into throwing interception to Drayton Florence on third-and-10 play early in third quarter-shared one-yard tackle for loss with linebacker Stephen Cooper late in fourth quarter.

    <strong>#99 Igor Olshansky, DE, 3 year veteran</strong>
    One of the strongest players in the National Football League, Igor Olshansky (E-gor, ol-SHAN-ski) was poised for a breakout season in 2006. Then, just one snap into the season opener at Oakland, Olshansky suffered a sprained knee and spent the remainder of the night on the sidelines. Though he returned to the field three weeks later in Baltimore, the knee hindered him throughout the year and Igor had to miss two more games later in the season after undergoing a minor surgical procedure. Despite the troublesome knee, he still finished the year with a career-high 50 tackles, and Igor was a big reason that the Chargers owned the NFL's seventh-best run defense (100.8 yards per game).

    <strong>2006:</strong> Started Week 1 at Oakland but left game after first play of night with knee sprain and did not return...was inactive Week 2 with same knee injury...returned to starting lineup Weeks 3-5...tallied half-sack and tackle for loss in Oct. 8 game against Pittsburgh...teamed with Shaun Phillips to stop Najeh Davenport for one-yard loss on third-and-one play in second quarter, forcing Steelers to kick 39-yard field goal...instead of potential 14-0 lead, they only went up 10-0 and the Chargers scored touchdown on their next possession to trim lead to 10-7...following that drive, Pittsburgh only scored three points rest of night... shared three-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger with Luis Castillo in third quarter on drive after Bolts had scored touchdown to take 17-13 lead...helped force punt three plays later...inactive Weeks 6-7 while recovering from minor knee surgery during week leading up to Oct. 22 game at Kansas City...returned to starting lineup Weeks 8-16...collected eight-yard sack in second quarter of Chargers' Nov. 12 game at Cincinnati...collected season-high seven tackles and recovered fumble in second quarter after Shawne Merriman sack and forced fumble Dec. 3 at Buffalo...helped Bolts hold Bills to just 63 yards rushing...collected tackle for loss among seven stops Dec. 24 at Seattle, stopping Shaun Alexander for four-yard loss early in second quarter...started AFC Playoffs vs. New England and collected five tackles.

    That is three defensive tackles, leaving the remainder to struggle for a practice squad position.

    <strong>#76 Jamal Williams, DT, 9 year veteran</strong>
    The National Football League has finally taken notice of what football fans in San Diego have known for a long time. Jamal Williams is the best 3-4 defensive tackle in the NFL today.

    The anchor of the league's seventh-ranked run defense, Williams comes into 2007 off his second-straight Pro Bowl season, one which was surrounded with selections to a host of All-Pro teams. Williams had a banner year, posting a career-high 84 tackles to rank third overall on San Diego's defense.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Starter in 2007 Pro Bowl...first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Sporting News, USA Today Sports Weekly, Pro Football Weekly &amp; The Professional Football Writers of America...also earned first-team All-AFC honors from PFW and PFWA...Chargers co-Lineman of Year...started Weeks 1-16...collected sack and pair of tackles in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland while helping hold Raiders to 87 yards rushing...sacked Aaron Brooks for seven-yard loss on first down play in third quarter...logged four stops and helped hold Tennessee to 55 yards rushing Week 2...Chargers Alumni Player of Week after leading defensive line with seven stops at Baltimore Oct. 1...AFC Defensive Player of Week and USA Today's Unsung Hero of Week after dominating Pittsburgh's Pro Bowl center Jeff Hartings and guard Alan Faneca in 23-13 NBC Sunday Night Football victory over defending Super Bowl Champions Oct. 8...finished game with sack and team-leading eight tackles, including one for loss...helped Bolts hold Pittsburgh to 68 yards on ground...four-yard sack came on second-and-13 play during Steelers' first series after Chargers had taken 17-13 lead in fourth quarter...it helped force punt and Bolts drove for field goal on ensuing drive to increase their lead to 20-13...also stopped Willie Parker for one-yard loss in first quarter...delivered highlight-reel bruising hit against Kansas City's Samie Parker on reverse in fourth quarter of game at Arrowhead Stadium Oct. 22...racked up career-high 12 tackles against Cleveland Nov. 5 and helped hold Browns to 89 yards rushing...anchored run defense that held Oakland to 84 total yards and average of just 3.2 yards per carry in 21-14 win Nov. 26...collected tackle for loss among six stops and helped hold Buffalo to 63 yards rushing in Dec. 3 game at Ralph Wilson Stadium...he and Shaun Phillips combined to tackle Bills' Willis McGahee for two-yard loss on second play of game...led defensive line with six tackles and helped hold Kansas City to 90 yards and 0 TDs rushing on Dec. 17 at Qualcomm stadium after Chiefs had rushed for 134 yards and two scores in first game at Arrowhead Stadium...led defensive line and tied for team high with 11 tackles at Seattle Dec. 24...started AFC Playoff game vs. New England...collected sack and tackle for loss among four stops in AFC-NFC Pro Bowl...stopped Steven Jackson for one-yard loss on NFC's first play of third quarter...sacked Tony Romo for three-yard loss on third-and-10 play early in fourth quarter.

    That leaves two spots open at defensive tackle, where a battle is brewing between Brandon McKinney and Ryon Bingham to be the backup to Jamal Williams.

    <strong>ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN</strong>
    <em>Offensive Linemen</em>

    <strong>#60 Mark Bihl, C, UDFA out of Michigan</strong>
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> Second-team All-Big Ten by coaches and media as senior-starter as junior and senior-named to school's Athletic Academic Achievement list in 2006 and as redshirt in 2002-co-recipient of team's Robert P. Ufer Bequest as senior for showing most enthusiasm and school spirit-as senior, started all 13 games at center-made final career start against USC in 2007 Rose Bowl-redshirted in 2002-played at Michigan from 2002-2006-history major.

    <strong>#64 Erik Robertson, G / C, UDFA out of California </strong>
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> Selected to play in Texas vs. Nation Senior All-Star Game in El Paso, Texas in February 2007-honorable mention All-Pac-10 and team's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman as senior-honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 selection as junior and senior-redshirted 2002-played at Cal-Berkeley from 2002-06-graduated with degree in Scandinavian studies.

    <strong>#62 Mike Jones, G, UDFA out of Iowa</strong>
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> First-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and second-team by media as senior in 2006-starter at left guard as senior-started at both tackle spots as junior before finally finding home at left guard in fifth game of year-honorable mention all-conference as sophomore in 2004 after starting first two games at right tackle and last 10 at left guard-Freshman All-America and All-Big Ten by Sporting News in 2003-played at Iowa from 2003-06-graduated with degree in health and sports studies.

    <strong>#67 Jeremy Sheffey, G, UFDA out of West Virginia</strong>
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> First-team All-Big East Conference right guard as senior-second-team all-conference pick as junior-selected to Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll in 2006-two-time recipient of Gridiron Gladiator Award from school's coaches for on-field tenacity-chosen to play in 2007 Hula Bowl-named Rookie of Week following Virginia Tech contest in 2003-started 33 career games-played in four bowl games, including three Gator Bowls and one Sugar Bowl-redshirted 2002- played at West Virginia from 2002-06- sport and exercise psychology major.

    <strong>#66 Jeromey Clary, OT, sixth round draft choice out of Kansas State</strong>
    The Chargers added a solid student of the game both on the field and in the classroom with their selection of tackle Jeromey Clary from Kansas State.

    Clary was one of the top tackles in the Big 12 Conference and he's a versatile player who can play either tackle spot. He is also durable, having completed his college eligibility with a string of 37 consecutive starts. In the classroom, Clary was a three-time academic all-conference selection.

    Clary and Chargers running back Darren Sproles were teammates in college. In 2003, Jeromey's first season as a starter, he helped pave the way for Sproles to lead the nation in rushing with 1,986 yards.

    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> Second-team All-Big 12 selection as senior by Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and league's coaches-chosen to play in 2006 East-West Shrine Game-three-time (2003-05) first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection-Kansas State's Outstanding Lineman of Year as junior and senior-as senior, earned team awards for Lifter of Year, Scholar-Athlete of Year and Paul Coffman Award for outstanding leadership, attitude and improvement-second-team all-conference following junior year by Big 12 coaches and K.C. Star, and honorable mention by Associated Press-also named team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman...played at Kansas State from 2002-05-graduated with degree in psychology.

    <strong>#71 Cory Lekkerkerker, OT, 2 year veteran</strong>
    At 6-7 and more than 320 pounds, Cory Lekkerkerker is an imposing figure on the offensive line. After a year on the practice squad, Cory became a situational role player in 2006 and saw action in 15 of the team's 16 regular-season games. Cory benefited greatly from the teachings of offensive line coaches Jack Henry and Hal Hunter.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Lined up as tight end in goal line formation on Chargers' first touchdown of game, one-yard run by LT on fourth-and-goal play, in season opener at Oakland...saw action in Week 2 game against Tennessee late at left tackle and helped deliver key blocks during 73-yard run by Michael Turner and 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Charlie Whitehurst two plays later....did not play Week 3 at Baltimore...played one snap as extra tackle late in Pittsburgh game Oct. 8...took over for Shane Olivea in second quarter of San Francisco game Oct. 15 after Olivea suffered mild knee injury...saw action in jumbo package and on special teams Weeks 6-16 and in AFC Playoff game.

    <strong>#46 Kelly Griffeth, TE / OT, 1 year veteran</strong>
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> First-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as senior in 2004-selected to play in Cactus Bowl, Division II all-star game in Kingsville, Texas-caught 22 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns as senior-played defensive end for most of first three seasons-final defensive stats include 45 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and four passes defensed-also competed in track and field, qualifying for NCAA Division II Outdoor Track &amp; Field Championships in 2005 with discus throw of 161 feet and 10 inches-redshirted in 2000-played at Fort Hays State from 2000-04-majored in finance.

    #72 Roman Oben, T, 11 year veteran
    I know many of you are wondering why Oben isn't a shoe in. But being an eleven year veteran and coming off of a major foot injury, he will, in my opinion have to earn the place on the starting roster.

    Roman Oben has a renewed sense of purpose heading into 2007. Gone is the foot injury that landed him on the "Physically Unable to Perform" list for the first nine weeks of the 2006 season and saw him play in just two games after he returned. The injury was one of the worst of its kind and kept Oben off the field for more than a year. He wasn't called into action until Marcus McNeill went down with an injury during a Christmas Eve game in Seattle and Roman turned in a heroic performance as the Chargers pulled out an important late-season victory. Though the starting five appears to be in place heading into '07, Oben will again be a key reserve and he will contribute in any way that he can.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Spent first nine weeks of season on "Physically Unable to Perform" list while recovering from offseason foot surgery...was placed on PUP list on Aug. 28...inactive Weeks 10-12 &amp; 13...dressed but did not play Weeks 11 &amp; 14...took over at left tackle in second quarter of Dec. 24 game at Seattle for injured Marcus McNeill...again saw brief action for McNeill Week 16 vs. Arizona...played on field goal protection in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England.

    <strong>2005:</strong> Started Weeks 1-8 at left tackle-line paved way for 268 yards rushing, third-best in team history, and did not allow any sacks against New York Giants in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Sept. 25-line did not allow any sacks for second-consecutive week and helped Chargers rush for 183 yards at New England Oct. 2 to end Patriots' NFL-record 21-game home winning streak-line allowed only one sack against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10-Chargers Alumni Player of Week after helping clear way for 190-yard rushing day in 27-14 win at Oakland Oct. 16-line did not allow any sacks in 44 pass attempts against Kansas City Oct. 30-inactive Weeks 9-14 with foot injury-placed on "Reserve-Injured" list Dec. 20.

    <strong>#77 Tony Pape, T, UDFA out of Michigan</strong>
    <strong>College:</strong> Three-year starter who garnered All-America honors in his final season - The two-time Hugh H. Rader Award winner (given to the team's top offensive lineman) and All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection started 37 of 45 games for the Wolverines, including 31 consecutive starts - Nicknamed "Mauler" for his style of play, Pape has experience at both tackle positions, but his trap blocking skills could see him shift to guard at the pro level.
    <strong>Positives:</strong> Has a developing structure, with broad shoulders, long arms, big hips and butt and thick thighs and calves (added additional weight prior to the 2003 season and has the potential to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk) - Quick getting off the snap, using his size and strength to wall off and sustain - Mauler type with a wide leg base, getting his hands up quickly into the defender's chest to lock on, steer and sustain - Shows a good kick slide in pass protections, using his wide wing span to seal off the edge - Understands blocking schemes and has the lateral agility to get out front on traps.

    That is eight players who will be struggling for the remaining four active roster positions on the offensive line and the one or two positions on the practice squad. Now lets see the defensive linemen looking in.

    <em>Defensive Linemen</em>

    <strong>#77 Andre Coleman, DE, UDFA out of Albany</strong>
    <strong>College:</strong> Coleman was outstanding in a defensive battle against Robert Morris. The senior recorded career-highs in tackles (10) and sacks (3.5) and tackles-for-loss (7.5) and also recorded one quarterback hurry, which resulted in safety Dave Nicomini's 21-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Albany upended Robert Morris, 16-6, by holding the Colonials to 79 total yards. As a team, the Great Danes came up with 10 sacks, the highest total by a Division I-AA team this season, and set the program's I-AA mark by limiting RMU to minus-51 yards rushing. Coleman's 3.5 sacks for minus-27 yards tied the fifth-best total by a Division I-AA defender this season. The Buffalo, NY native reached the 100-career tackle plateau (105) on Saturday and has 14.0 career sacks. On the season, Coleman has 37 total tackles and ranks second in the NEC in both sacks (6.0) and tackles-for-loss (12.0).

    #90 Barry Cryer, DE, UDFA out of Nebraska[/b]
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> Named to Big-12 Conference Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll as senior-finished career in Lincoln with 37 tackles, including 14 stops behind line of scrimmage, and four sacks-played in Alamo and Cotton Bowls with 'Huskers-spent 2003 season at Northeast Mississippi CC and 2004 season at Dodge City CC-played at Nebraska from 2005-06- sociology major.

    <strong>#96 Keith Grennan DE, UFDA out of Eastern Washington</strong>
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference choice as senior-named team's Defensive Player of Week and earned Hit of Week honors following two-sack game Oct. 7, 2006 vs. Montana-won team's Big Play of Week Award following Nov. 12, 2005 game vs. Montana State-team's Offensive Scout Player of Year and Scout Player of Week three times during 2004 season-redshirted in 2002 and played as tight end in 2003 at Central Washington University-played at Eastern Washington from 2004-06-graduated with degree in interdisciplinary studies.

    <strong>#98 Derreck Robinson, DE, 2 year veteran</strong>
    One of only two undrafted rookies to make the Chargers' opening day roster in 2005, Derreck Robinson became a key reserve in his first two NFL seasons. Though his playing time has been limited, two seasons on the active roster and blossoming under the watchful eye of veteran defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely has been valuable to the former Iowa Hawkeye. Robinson should continue to see his playing time increase in 2007.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Inactive Week 1...played Weeks 2-15...shared eight-yard sack with Shawne Merriman in Oct. 8 Sunday Night game vs. Pittsburgh...shared five-yard sack with Donnie Edwards late in fourth quarter of Oct. 22 game at Kansas City...led defensive line with three quarterback pressures against Cleveland Nov. 5, including one that led to sack by Jacques Cesaire in second quarter...in third quarter against Browns had 14-yard sack and forced fumble negated by illegal contact penalty...made big defensive play in third quarter at Denver Nov. 19 to force three-and-out with pass breakup and near interception on third-and-10 play...Chargers trailed 24-14 at time and scored touchdown on next possession after three-and-out to get back within 24-21...shared eight-yard sack with Cesaire on second-down play during Oakland's final drive late in fourth quarter Nov. 26...Bolts intercepted pass two plays later to secure 21-14 victory...inactive for Dec. 31 game with foot injury...played as sub in AFC Playoff game vs. N.E.

    <strong>#91 Brandon McKinney, DT, 1 year veteran</strong>
    Defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, a former undrafted free agent, gained valuable experience as a rookie, splitting time between the practice squad and the active roster. The former Michigan State Spartan has benefited from working under veteran defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely and is expected to contribute even more in 2007.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Spent Weeks 1-8 on practice squad...signed to active roster Nov. 11 and saw reserve action Weeks 9-12, 15-16 and in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England...inactive Weeks 13-14...saw extensive action in season finale against Arizona after Jacques Cesaire left game injured.

    <strong>#94 Louis Leonard, DT, UDFA out of Fresno St.</strong>
    <strong>COLLEGE:</strong> Finished career with 68 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss-redshirted 2002-played at Fresno State 2002-2005-earned degree in criminology.

    <strong>#97 Ryon Bingham, DT, 2 year veteran</strong>
    Ryon Bingham finally got a chance to display his skills in 2006. Now the Sandy, Utah native is ready to take his game to another level in 2007. He was a regular in the defensive line rotation last season, helping to spell Jamal Williams, the anchor of the NFL's seventh-ranked run defense.

    <strong>2006:</strong> Saw action Weeks 1-16 and for AFC Playoff game vs. New England-collected first sack of season for one-yard loss on first play of second quarter Nov. 19 at Denver-shared five-yard sack with Shaun Phillips on first play of fourth quarter in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26...Bolts trailed 14-7 at time and two plays after sack, Quentin Jammer intercepted pass on third-and-15 play that set up game-tying touchdown-tallied season-high four stops at Seattle Dec. 24.


    I have Ryon and Brandon on the outside because I think of all positions these two people are directly in competition with each other. Both could make the squad, but Louis will be pushing for contention as well.

    So there we have it, a total of roughly six line positions open that will be fought hard for by the members of this list. However the competition does not end there. The Turk will visit other teams and leave red cards on lockers. There is a change that AJ works his magic and brings in new faces to push the old. Good times, good times!

    Players will compete for their professional lives here. Some will be looking to live the life long dream, if only for one season. Others will look to continue with a San Diego team that has a true chance at having a truly special year. They will have various reasons to want to be here, but the bottom line is they will have to fight to be here. That is good for us, the fans. That is good for our team, the Chargers.

    That is my opinion, what is yours?

    <em>As always I want to thank the staff of Chargers.com for the player bio information.</em>

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