Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for San Diego Chargers in 2014

San Diego Chargers: Predicting 5 Surprise Starters in 2014

San Diego Chargers Eric Weddle and Manti Te'o
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One of the greatest things about the NFL is how unpredictable everything is. From playoff-bound teams to the players that will make the starting roster, nothing is ever too predictable. Here are five players on the San Diego Chargers' roster that will surprise folks if and when they make it into the starting lineup.

5. Jahleel Addae

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5. Jahleel Addae - Safety

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By the end of last season, Jahleel Addae really came into his own. He earned himself more playing time at the expense of SS Marcus Gilchrist's minutes. After the Chargers recently released safety Brandon Taylor, Addae is in ideal position to jump into the starting lineup for the Bolts' secondary.

4. Vincent Brown - Wide Receiver

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4. Vincent Brown - Wide Receiver

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This might not come as a surprise considering Vincent Brown played in all 16 regular season games last year, but it will be a surprise in 2014. Malcom Floyd is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a serious neck injury early last season. It makes sense for Floyd to return to his usual starting position, but he'll be rusty once he returns. Meanwhile, Brown has been steadily improving and is ready for a bigger role.

3. Chris Watt - Offensive Line

Chris Watt Rookie Training Camp
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3. Chris Watt - Offensive Line

Chris Watt Rookie Training Camp
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During rookie training camp, Chris Watt took reps at center and right guard. It's still unsure where he'll play in 2014, but with Jeromey Clary (RG) recovering from offseason surgery and Nick Hardwick (C) nearing the age of 33 and suffering a minor injury during OTAs, the door is wide open for Watt to claim a starting job at either position.

2. Tevin Reese - Kick/Punt Return

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2. Tevin Reese - Kick/Punt Return

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If there's one thing Tevin Reese is good at, it's using his speed to avoid being hit. Reese was a nightmare against opposing defenses when he played receiver at Baylor and can create the same type of havoc as a return man for the Chargers. Keenan Allen is currently listed as the Chargers returner, but he's too valuable to the Bolts' offense to risk injury. I expect Reese to win the job before Week 1.

1. Ladarius Green - Tight End

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1. Ladarius Green - Tight End

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Antonio Gates is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. That being said, the man is 34 going on 35 years old. He's dealt with injuries for several years, and now, it's time for somebody to replace the Chargers' great TE -- that somebody is Ladarius Green. Entering his third year as a pro, Green's maturity is finally up to par with his hands, size, and speed. Gates has been great to San Diego, but Green will make the transition to a new TE smooth sailing.

Brandon Sandberg is a writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook. Follow him on Twitter@SandbergBrandon and add him to you network on Google.


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