5 Moves the San Diego Chargers Must Make After the 2014 NFL Draft

Moves the Chargers Should Make

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The San Diego Chargers went 9-7 in 2013 and, because they must own the largest collection of horseshoes, they managed to sneak into the playoffs. The Bolts then beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round before losing to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round. With the NFL operating in a post-draft world, what are five moves the Chargers still need to make?

5. Explore A Trade For Andre Johnson

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5. Explore A Trade For Andre Johnson

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Yes, Johnson would come at a price because of his contract, but he could be the deep threat the Chargers need. The Chargers are solid at WR with Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd who is recovering from a 2013 neck injury, but that deep threat is missing. They would have to play around with the salary cap and they shouldn’t give up too much, but if they could trade for Johnson, that may be a great move.

4. Get a Punt/Kick Returner

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4. Get a Punt/Kick Returner

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The Chargers need some help in the return game. They have tried the likes of Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown, among others, but the Chargers’ return game has remained stagnant. The return game has to start giving the Chargers’ offense better field position.

3. Add Depth At DT

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3. Add Depth At DT

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The only DTs the Chargers’ current roster are Kwame Geathers and Byron Jerideau, along with NT Ryan Carrethers out of Arkansas State who the team drafted in the fifth-round. Carrethers may not be the most athletic guy and he needs to work on his pass rush, but he is great against the run. The Chargers could stand to add a little more depth, though.

2. Add Depth To Their Pass Rush

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2. Add Depth To Their Pass Rush

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The Chargers had only 35 team sacks in 2013, which was near the bottom of the NFL. Dwight Freeney was productive when healthy, but he suffered a torn quad in 2013. The Chargers hope Freeney can get back to being a disruptive force in 2014. They need someone to get to opposing QBs in 2014 (maybe Melvin Ingram and Thomas Keiser) to take some pressure off of their secondary.

1. Add Another CB

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1. Add Another CB

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Cornerback was the biggest need the Chargers had to address this offseason since they finished 29th in the NFL in pass defense in 2013. They drafted Jason Verrett (TCU) in the first-round, and while he has talent in man-coverage, he is undersized. The Chargers are set at safety with Darrell Stuckey, Jahleel Addae and Eric Weddle, along with Marcus Gilchrist playing safety in addition to some corner, but adding a shutdown corner would be huge.


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  • killerpj1

    Byron Jerideau was released

    • C.Steele

      No doubt! Clearly this dude knows nothing about the bolts! smdh..