Saturday, June 21, 2014
Chargers chat wrap: Te'o's development
By Eric D. Williams
Here are highlights from our weekly San Diego Chargers chat. You can check out the full transcript here.
Heidijoy (Iowa): How are Manti Te'o and Chris Watts doing?
Eric D. Williams: Te'o looks faster now that his foot is fully healthy. But I want to see how he plays in a preseason game first before saying that he will be an impact player on defense. I think Chris Watt can be a fill-in guy at interior offensive line this season, and potentially a starter at center or guard in the next two or three years. Watt gets after it and appears to be picking up his assignments quickly.
Rashad (San Diego): Has the Brandon Flowers deal broke down with the chargers and why? Do you know his asking price?
Williams: I have no specifics on Flowers and the possibility he ends up in San Diego, other than he visited the team's facility Wednesday and Thursday. Flowers and his representation are likely listening to other potential suitors and weighing their options. The Chargers appear to be in a good position to land Flowers. He fits defensive coordinator John Pagano's system and would be an upgrade over anyone at cornerback on San Diego's roster as it stands right now. My only concern would be how having Flowers on the roster affects the playing time of Jason Verrett and Steve Williams. Those young corners have to play in order to get better. Flowers has to weigh scheme fit, opportunity for playing time and, of course, price.
Milwaukee Dan: What's the story on Woodhead .... a luxury that the Bolts will let walk after this year or do you see them making an effort to keep him?
Williams: Danny Woodhead is a productive player and a good fit in the locker room. I would be surprised if Woodhead is not on San Diego's roster in 2015.
LeAndre (Los Angeles): For some reason, WR Tevin Reese intrigues the heck out of me -- I've heard he's had a few drops here and there during practice, but you can't teach speed. What role might he fill this season OR do you see Reese having a legit shot at being on the field with Keenan, M-80, Vincent Brown/Eddie Royal?
Williams: I like his skill set. I thought Reese actually had his best practice that I watched Wednesday during the team's final minicamp practice. I think he needs a redshirt year to learn a pro-style offense and gain weight. He has an uphill battle to earn a roster spot. I think more likely he winds up on the practice squad, unless he can seize one of the return jobs.