When right tackle D.J. Fluker was drafted in the first round of last month’s NFL Draft, everyone knew Jeromey Clary was out at right tackle for the San Diego Chargers. Apparently, Clary could find a new home at the team’s vacant right guard position.
In the offseason team activities, Clary practiced with the starters at right guard. Clary has been average at best starting at right tackle throughout his career, and the move to right guard could be good for him and should definitely be a relief for Chargers’ fans. Clary has always struggled against speed rushers and won’t face nearly as many when playing at guard. He’s a decent run blocker, who could excel at right guard, especially playing next to the man who’s replacing him, D.J. Fluker, who’s great in the run game.
During OTAs, Fluker worked at Clary’s old spot at right tackle, King Dunlap practiced at left tackle and Chad Rinehart at left guard. Center Nick Hardwick is the only returning offensive lineman to line up at the same position.
In this case, change is good, since it can’t get much worse than last season’s offensive line performance, which allowed 49 sacks of Philip Rivers.
Still, even more changes can happen in between now and the season. The Chargers are actively pursuing free agent tackles, including Max Starks and Winston Justice, while Johnnie Troutman is a viable candidate to win a spot at starting guard. However, some continuity is important, so keeping Clary around, even at a different position, is a good move.
It’s too early to tell, but the Chargers’ offensive line appears like to could be better than last season’s line. If anything, the Chargers will have much better depth than last season and will be more ready in case of injuries.