Tag:San Diego Chargers
Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:23 am

Charges Take a Gamble at Nose Tackle

The top two nose tackles on the Chargers roster at this time last year are now both gone. Veteran Jamal Williams was cut early in the offseason. Williams, 34, missed the ’09 season with a torn triceps. Perhaps more surprising is the news yesterday that Williams’s replacement, Ian Scott, has been released.

Scott did a serviceable job start in Williams’s stead last season. While he’s not the most domineering 315-pounder, Scott has always been able to overcome mediocre strength with textbook leverage and tenacity. He was the only Chargers nose tackle capable of getting any sort of penetration in 2009.

San Diego now heads into training camp with Ogemdi Nwagbuo and fifth-round rookie Cam Thomas manning the interior defensive line. Fourth-year journeyman Antonio Garay, a 320-pounder, could also be in the mix.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 9:11 am
Edited on: June 22, 2010 9:13 am

Vincent Jackson to the Seahawks?

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora said yesterday on NFL Total Access that if the Chargers try to trade disgruntled receiver Vincent Jackson, the Seattle Seahawks could be involved. Every wide receiver rumor seems to be linked to the Seahawks this year. The team is plenty deep at wideout after drafting Notre Dame’s Golden Tate in Round Two, but the only surefire starter at the position is T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Jackson is expected to sit out the first 10 games of 2010. Chargers GM A.J. Smith has already reduced Jackson’s RFA tender to 110 percent of his ’09 base pay. The Chargers have decent depth at wide receiver, though it’s not the kind of depth that could compensate for Jackson’s absence in the long haul. Backups Legedu Naanee, Josh Reed and oft-injured Buster Davis are more possession-type targets who do not have Jackson’s 6’5” size or vertical field-stretching prowess.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 3:42 pm

Some Quick Hits For Monday

***Former Cowboy Leon Lett is coaching defensive tackles at the University of Monroe (LA). Dallasnews.com has an article on it.

***Really interesting piece by Jeff Duncan on Nola.com about how Saints GM Mickey Loomis had to decide who in the organization received a Super Bowl ring and who did not. Highly recommend reading the whole thing. Here's a clip: 

The Saints also rewarded selected players on the practice squad and injured reserve. For instance, Billy Miller and Mark Simoneau received rings. They stuck around all season, spent time in the locker room and in meetings and attended most of the games. Dan Campbell, who also was placed on injured reserve in the preseason and was rarely seen again, did not. That's fair.

The club also recognized veterans Deuce McAllister, John Carney and Mike McKenzie. In various ways, each played a role in the title, whether it was this past season or in previous years

***From the Tribune News Service: The brother of former NFL star William Perry says the "Fridge" has some hearing loss but is improving from a condition in which the body's immune system attacks nerves.

***Kevin Ellison got arrested for having in his possession more than 100 Vicodin pills a few weeks ago. It has cost the second-year safety his job. The Chargers released Ellison today. Kevin Acee from SignOnSanDiego.com has some good quick analysis.

--Andy Benoit

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