5 Players Climbing the San Diego Chargers’ Depth Charts During OTAs

5 Players Climbing the San Diego Chargers' Depth Charts During OTAs

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The 2014 NFL Regular Season kicks off in just under three months, but some players are already making great impressions during OTAs. Here are five players on the San Diego Chargers' roster that are climbing the depth charts due to their performance thus far.

5. Jason Verrett

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5. Jason Verrett

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This shouldn't surprise anybody. Verrett was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Chargers and is expected to make an immediate impact on the Bolts' woeful secondary that was worst in the AFC last season. The rookie from Texas Christian University may be undersized, but his football I.Q. has impressed coaches. We still haven't seen Verrett practice in full pads, but he'll likely be a starter come Week 1.

4. LaDarius Green

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4. LaDarius Green

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Antonio Gates is still the San Diego Chargers' no. 1 tight end, but the gap between Gates and Green on the depth charts has never been smaller. Green caught just 17 balls last season, but is emerging as a new favorite target for Philip Rivers. Entering his third year, Green is just starting to realize how great he could be. If and when they're on the field together, expect Gates to be option 1A and Green 1B.

3. Chris Watt

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3. Chris Watt

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The Chargers are asking a lot out of their third round selection in this year's NFL Draft. Watt played left guard for three years at Notre Dame, but is now taking reps at right guard and center during OTAs. Between his versatility and size (6-foot-3, 310 lbs.), Watt is an injury away from being inserted into the O-line and there is still time to improve and earn a starting job before Week 1.

2. Tevin Reese

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2. Tevin Reese

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The 5-foot-10, 165-pound WR is lightning in a bottle. He led the NCAA in touchdowns of 40-plus yards with 21 during his career at Baylor and is likely to see playing time in his rookie year with the Chargers. The Bolts' group of receivers is deep and underrated, but Reese is so quick and elusive that it'll be hard not to try him out as a kick returner.

1. Vincent Brown

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1. Vincent Brown

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After a disappointing 2013 season, Brown seems ready to live up to expectations as he enters his second year in Mike McCoy's fast-tempo offense. Brown played in all 16 regular season games last year, but only caught 41 passes on 69 targets. This offseason, Keenan Allen and Brown have been battling each other for minutes during OTAs, which can only mean good things for the fourth-year receiver from San Diego State.

Brandon Sandberg is a San Diego Chargers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SandbergBrandon or add him to your network on Google


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