5 San Diego Chargers Veterans Looking At Make-Or-Break Seasons In 2014

5 San Diego Chargers Veterans Looking At Make-Or-Break Seasons In 2014

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Here are five Chargers' veterans who are going into the 2014 season with a make-or-break cloud hovering above them. The one thing all of these players have in common is that they will be free agents at the end of the season and this year could be their last in a Chargers' uniform.

5. RB Ryan Mathews

San Diego Chargers Ryan Mathews
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5. RB Ryan Mathews

San Diego Chargers Ryan Mathews
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Ryan Mathews is coming off a career year in 2013 and he needs to prove it wasn't a fluke. The Chargers brought in Donald Brown, drafted Marion Grice, and still have Danny Woodhead, so their backfield is deep. If Mathews isn't performing, another one of San Diego's backs will step up. Mathews will likely be looking for a substantial raise (especially if he has another good year), so San Diego will have to weigh their options at RB.

4. CB Shareece Wright

San Diego Chargers Shareece Wright
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4. CB Shareece Wright

San Diego Chargers Shareece Wright
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Shareece Wright started 13 games for the Chargers at corner last year and recorded his first career interception. San Diego had one of the NFL's worst pass defenses in 2013 and drafted Jason Verrett in the first round. If Wright wants to stay with the Chargers and keep his starting position, he will have to improve his play from a year ago.

3. S Marcus Gilchrist

San Diego Chargers Marcus Gilchrist
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3. S Marcus Gilchrist

San Diego Chargers Marcus Gilchrist
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Marcus Gilchrist made the switch from corner to safety last season. He played well, but was a little inconsistent, and he saw his playing time reduced at the end of the year when undrafted rookie Jahleel Addae stepped up. Gilchrist is now in a battle with a Addae for the starting safety position alongside Eric Weddle going into this season. He will have to be more consistent if he wants to stay on the field.

2. WR Vincent Brown

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2. WR Vincent Brown

San Diego Chargers Vincent Brown
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A lot was expected from the San Diego native in 2013 after missing the entire season the year before, but Vincent Brown was a disappointment. Last season, he only caught 41 receptions for 472 yards and one touchdown (vs. the Houston Texans in Week 1). With some uncertainties at the wide receiver position behind Keenan Allen, Brown has to step up and be a reliable option for Philip Rivers this year.

1. OLB Larry English

San Diego Chargers Larry English
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1. OLB Larry English

San Diego Chargers Larry English
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I think it's safe to say Larry English has been a complete bust. The former 16th overall pick in 2009 has only played one full season in five years with a total of 91 tackles and 11 sacks. English is lucky to even be on the Chargers' roster this year due to a clause in his contract. He needs to show that he can stay healthy and make plays if he wants a shot with another team next season, because it's highly unlikely that they bring him back.


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