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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Chargers' offensive line to get early test

By Bill Williamson

NFL players, especially starting players, rarely look forward to preseason action.

However, that’s not how King Dunlap feels. The Chargers’ starting left tackle -- he is holding off Max Starks for the job -- wants to get on the field and see how he and his fellow starters do in what is a transitional year for the Chargers’ offensive line. Only center Nick Hardwick is a returning starter at his normal position.

The Chargers play Seattle on Thursday night at home. The Seahawks have a strong pass-rushing unit and a top-line defense. Dunlap is looking forward to facing them.

“I really want to see how we do against a good defense and a good pass-rushing team,” Dunlap said. “That will be a big test. We can then come back to practice and work on the things we did well and didn’t do well on. It’s important to face a good defense early to see where you are at.”

There is no question San Diego’s offensive line is one of the team’s biggest question marks. However, I get the sense that the team is confident the unit will be improved in 2013. We will get the first chance to judge, along with Dunlap, after the Seattle game.