By Nick Richardson @NickSonofDave on July 5, 2014
Entering last season, the San Diego Chargers were a team that many people had left for dead. They proved the doubters wrong by sneaking into the playoffs and then winning their first playoff game in five years. San Diego brings back nearly every key piece from last year’s team, but they also brought in some new faces. These five new additions could make a significant impact in 2014.
Despite numerous injuries, the Chargers’ offensive line played very well in 2013. All of those injuries, however, made it clear that San Diego needed some insurance along the offensive line. Watt was seen by many as one of the safer offensive linemen in this year’s draft. While he may not start right away, he should see valuable playing time as a rookie.
Brown has not quite lived up to being a first-round pick back in 2009. That said, he enjoyed a fair amount of success with the Colts and had his best season in 2013, racking up 751 yards from scrimmage and scoring a career-high eight touchdowns. Ryan Mathews is firmly entrenched as San Diego’s starting running back, but Brown is a very good backup option.
San Diego’s biggest weakness last year was their secondary, specifically the cornerback position. The Chargers used their top draft pick on former TCU standout Verrett, who should be able to start immediately. Verrett isn’t the biggest guy, but he plays with a scrappiness that will annoy opposing receivers to no end. He could become a pest in the Cortland Finnegan mold.
Another area of concern this offseason for San Diego was their pass rush. While the Chargers have several solid OLBs, Attaochu should be the best of the bunch from Day 1. A prototypical 3-4 OLB, Attaochu is not the strongest, but he possesses great quickness and agility, and he should provide an instant upgrade in San Diego’s pass rush.
The Chargers’ biggest addition of the offseason happened well after all of the other big moves around the league had already occurred. Flowers is coming off his first Pro Bowl season in Kansas City. Despite recording just one interception, Flowers had a career-high 71 tackles in just 13 games. He and Jason Verrett will pair together nicely in a vastly-improved San Diego secondary.
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