“Chargers-Best Move Possible”
When you lose all the skill people the Chargers have lost in recent weeks, it’s a real body blow.
There aren’t any Pro Bowl guys sitting out on street corners waiting for calls, so you do the best you can, hoping to find someone that might be as close to a clone as the guy you lost.
The Chargers replaced Danny Woodhead with two guys who have been productive elsewhere.
All purpose do-everything running back-kick returner Dexter McCluster comes in. He’s a shade bigger than Woodhead, a bit more shiftier, a long strider, who can do lots of different things.
The ex-Kansas City Chiefs draft pick can run it some, catch it some, and can return both kickoffs and punts. Why New Orleans ever let him go, why Kansas City ever jettisoned him, is strange. He has (5,700) all purpose yards in his career, a pretty good number, considering he has never really been a starter.
Now the challenge for the Chargers, get him out in space and let him run his zig-zag style against coverages. If need be, he also replaces Travis Benjamin on kick returns, because keeping Benjamin healthy is so critical now with the loss of Keenan Allen.
And speaking of Allen, the signing of ex-Colt Griff Whalen adds more versatility to this battered roster. He starred at Stanford, caught passes, ran some out of the backfield, and returned kicks. He’s only been a part time player in the league, but has 45-receptions in parts of 3-years, playing with Andrew Luck in the NFL, just as he played with him in the Pac 12-Conference.
He will give San Diego a bit more veteran ability coming off the line of scrimmage, where inexperience reigns right now with Tyrell Williams and others.
It’s tough to be in scramble mode with your roster, this early in the season, but Tom Telesco seems to be pushing the right buttons.
The signing of Matt Slauson has bulked up, and toughened up the offensive front. You saw the ball hawking ability of Casey Hayward in the secondary. You can feel the toughness in some of Dwight Lowery’s hits.
The Chargers need to get out of a game without a major injury. But so far, they’ve been able to pick up the right people, to fill in.
The attrition rate is alarming, with 14-weeks left in the regular season.
So far though, the best moves possible.