5 San Diego Chargers With the Most to Prove in 2014

San Diego Chargers: 5 Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

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Whether it's a contract year or living up to a first-round pick, here are five players for the San Diego Chargers that have a lot to prove in 2014. Their performance this season could make or break their future with the franchise.

5. Ladarius Green

Ladarius Green
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5. Ladarius Green

Ladarius Green
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With Antonio Gates nearing 35-years-old, Ladarius Green must prove that he's ready to take over as the Chargers' starting TE after Gates retires or goes down with an injury. Green showed us glimpses of his potential talent at the end of last season. We need to see more of the same in 2014 if Green wants to prove he's worth re-signing after his rookie contract expires in 2016.

4. Larry English

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4. Larry English

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Since being drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft (16th overall) by the San Diego Chargers, Larry English has failed to meet expectations. The addition of Dwight Freeney at OLB should push English out of a starting job. English is in a contract year and will need to step up big when his number is called in 2014 if he wants to have any chance of re-signing with San Diego next season.

3. Brandon Flowers

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3. Brandon Flowers

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Coming off his first Pro Bowl season, Brandon Flowers and the San Diego Chargers to a one-year, million contract. The addition of Flowers should help San Diego's secondary, which was horrendous last season. Now, the only thing left for Flowers to do is prove that he's worth the one year pickup.

2. Jason Verrett

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2. Jason Verrett

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Expectations are always high for players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The same standard applies to Jason Verrett, who was selected by San Diego with the 25th overall pick in 2014. San Diego hopes that selecting Verrett and signing Flowers will drastically improve their pass defense, but we'll see what the pair of undersized corners can do. Verrett simply needs to prove that he's a player worthy of a first-round draft selection.

1. Ryan Mathews

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1. Ryan Mathews

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Last season was the only season in which Ryan Mathews played all 16 regular season games. He's been a fumbling machine in years past, but finally learned how to take a hit in 2013. Mathews' contract expires at the end of this season. If he wants to stay in San Diego, he'll need to stay healthy all year and have another 1,000+ yard season -- preferably resulting in more than six touchdowns. Mathews needs to show he's the man of the future for SD.

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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