By Grant Waller @Grant_J_Waller on May 28, 2014
The San Diego Chargers started voluntary OTAs yesterday with some good and bad news. Looking at the Chargers' roster, there are plenty of positions to pay attention to. Here are five storylines you should follow over the next few weeks.
Grant Waller is a San Diego Chargers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Grant_J_Waller and "Like" him on Facebook.
The 32-year-old has had his fair share of injuries. He's only played in all 16 games once (2009) in nine NFL seasons. His neck injury last year against the Eagles was the worst and it put the rest of his career in question. Floyd came into OTAs yesterday with no restrictions regarding his health. This is a great sign for Floyd and the Chargers. It's still left to be seen how much Floyd will play, but the Chargers desperately need his services.
The Chargers' big free-agent signing this offseason was former Colts running back Donald Brown. He joins Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead in San Diego's backfield. All three are coming off career-best years. This now begs the question, how will carries be divided between the three backs? The Chargers are set up to have a great running attack, but there's only one football, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out in camp and on Sundays.
San Diego lost starting NT Cam Thomas to the Steelers in free agency. After the draft, they're left with Sean Lissemore (a defensive end), Kwame Geathers (an undrafted rookie in 2013) and Ryan Carrethers (a fifth-round pick this year) at the position. The Chargers will likely use them in a rotation, but it will be interesting to see who wins the job. This is a vital position to their 3-4 defense, so production on the field has to be immediate.
Behind Allen, the Chargers have Malcom Floyd (coming off a terrible neck injury), Eddie Royal (played well, but not great last year), Vincent Brown (very disappointing last year), Seyi Ajirotutu (played sparingly over past two years), rookie Tevin Reese and a group of undrafted rookies. The Chargers need one or two of these players to step up for Philip Rivers and to take pressure off of Allen.
There's only two sure-fire starters in San Diego's secondary as OTAs start, Weddle and Verrett, but Verrett might miss time due to a shoulder injury. Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall had their ups and downs, but beyond that, there's not much experience. At safety, Gilchrist will compete with Addae for the starting job next to Weddle. So it's safe to say the secondary has a lot of work to do.
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