5 Biggest Duds From San Diego Chargers Minicamp

5 Biggest Duds From San Diego Chargers Minicamp

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Traditionally, minicamp is a mandatory three-day period for players and coaches to get together for light work and walk-throughs. When Chargers head coach Mike McCoy decided to cut minicamp a day short, players only had two days to make a lasting impression on their coaches. Here are five San Diego Chargers who didn't do themselves a favor during minicamp.

5. Brandon Flowers

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5. Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers
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The San Diego Chargers brought in free-agent Brandon Flowers for a visit after the Kansas City Chiefs cut the Pro-Bowl CB this offseason. Flowers could have been a huge addition to the Chargers' lackluster secondary, but Flowers and the Chargers failed to come to terms with a deal. He might not have been a "dud" during minicamp, but his uneventful visit to San Diego was upsetting nonetheless.

4. Antonio Gates

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4. Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates
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Chargers minicamp was mandatory attendance for everybody except for Antonio Gates. His excused absence won't change his role as the Chargers' starting tight end, but it is worth noting. While Gates missed time, Ladarius Green worked in with the first-team offense. Gates is 34 years old and Green's stock rising. It'll be interesting to see how Mike McCoy decides to manage these two stud tight ends.

3. Nick Hardwick

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3. Nick Hardwick

San Diego Chargers offensive line
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The Chargers' starting center, Nick Hardwick, suffered a toe injury during the second day of minicamp. He wasn't seen sporting crutches or a walking boot, which is a huge relief for the Bolts. Their offensive line is young and thin -- so any injury is very significant at this point.

2. Jeromey Clary

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2. Jeromey Clary

Jeromey Clary
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Still recovering from offseason shoulder and hip surgery, Jeromey Clary was spotted on the sidelines with crutches during minicamp. Rookie offensive lineman Chris Watt and others took reps in Clary's place at right guard. In no way is Clary's job secure -- he's owed $ 4.55 million (non-guaranteed) in the final year of his contract with San Diego and could be a financial liability if he can't get healthy soon.

1. Brandon Taylor

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1. Brandon Taylor

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Without question, the biggest dud during the Chargers minicamp was former LSU safety Brandon Taylor. The Chargers drafted Taylor in the third round in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he's never lived up to his potential. Taylor played four games in 2012 and was inactive for all 16 games in 2013. After an unproductive minicamp, the San Diego Chargers released Taylor and cleared a roster spot in their already-thin secondary.


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