Chargers: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


Biggest surprise: Cutting guard Kynan Forney. I’d say Forney’s release was one of the biggest surprises in the league. It’s not that Forney is a huge name, but he was expected to be a contributor. He was locked in a battle for the starting job with rookie Louis Vasquez all camp. The Chargers wanted Vasquez, a third-round pick from Texas Tech, to win the job because they think he has huge potential. But Forney, who was re-signed when the team didn’t opt to keep Mike Goff this offseason, was playing well. He suffered a neck injury and it hurt his cause. Forney’s misfortune is Vasquez’s fortune. Vasquez is now an NFL starter.

No brainers: The decision to keep running back Michael Bennett. Ever since he was claimed off waivers last year, the Chargers liked what they saw in the veteran running back. He is a playmaker and he can occupy a role behind LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles. You can never have too many game breakers.

What’s next: The Chargers may look for some help on both lines. The team could use some veteran reinforcements for depth on both the offensive and defensive line.

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