“Chargers-Did They Do Enough”
It was not sexy, but it seems solid.
It was not full of galaxy stars, but rather steady starters.
And so the San Diego Chargers have spent virtually all their free agent money, to bring in 5-veteran players to fill needs, patch holes, and hopefully help put this team back into the playoffs.
The signing of journeyman offensive lineman Matt Slauson is likely the last ‘name’ free agent move they are making. He is not a name in neon, but a name who is in the starting lineup every Sunday.
Slauson has been a non-stop starter in the offensive lines of the Bears and Jets for nearly six years straight. He is durable, tough, and a bit old school. The Bolts want him to move to center to be their short term starter, and to guide young USC draft pick Max Tuerk to become the center of the future.
San Diego was rated dead last in efficiency at center this past season. Everytime you looked, Trevor Robinson was getting pushed back. Not much pass protection there in the middle, little run blocking either.
Chris Watt, who has missed 15-games in two years, with 3-different injuries, probably goes back to insurance policy guard, where he played well at Notre Dame.
Add Slauson’s name to the list of the other acquisitions.
Casey Hayward comes from Green Bay where he was a starter. Tough guy corner, very competitive, and will play in the mix with the ailing Brandon Flowers.
Dwight Lowery has grown as a safety, and has proven himself, much with the Jets amongst other clubs. Veteran leadership, a hitter, a street-smart guy.
Ryan Benjamin survived the quarterback crisis in Cleveland, catching a ton of balls, and hauling kicks back. He fills a really critical need at both positions for the Chargers, complimenting Keenan Allen and the tight ends. Keeping him healthy is a key.
Brandon Mebane is a warrior. That’s the kind of guy you need to play at nose-tackle, take up space, make some tackles, push the pile. He might be the most productive nose tackle they have had since Jamal Williams, and that was a few first downs ago. It was a surprise the Seahawks let him go.
The Chargers free agent dollars seem well spent. Now they need to keep them healthy, on the field, and hope they have growth seasons from Joey Bosa, Mantei Teo, and another step forward season from Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu.
Win as a team, without many stars on defense. Get better on offense to support your star quarterback, Philip Rivers.
You better hope Tom Telesco is right, because he’s wasted alot of money on free agents in his three years as GM.
Nothing sexy with these free agent signings. Maybe solid and steady.
Did they do enough. Yes, compared to the garbage we were forced to watch last year.