Good morning. Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus breaks down San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker’s rookie season. Not surprisingly, Fluker gets kudos for his run blocking and some minus marks for his pass blocking at times.
Palazzolo notes that most of Fluker’s struggles came while playing out of position at left tackle. But overall, he gives Fluker a thumbs up for how he performed in his first NFL season.
Palazzolo: “While the overall grade is a bit deceiving, it was a successful first season for Fluker. Assuming he won’t have to shift from side to side in the future, he appears to be a viable option for the Chargers at right tackle.”
In this ESPN Insider piece, ESPN’s Dave Duley gives us his best Super Bowl bets. The Saints are his top value pick at 18 to 1, but he also likes the Chargers at 30 to 1 to win the big game.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com profiles Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego notes that with the Chargers cutting nose tackle Byron Jerideau, the team has only two defensive tackles currently on the roster, Sean Lissemore and Kwame Geathers.
Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue believes Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Justin Ellis is a fit for the Chargers.
Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego calls this year the most important draft in Tom Telesco’s life.
Notre Dame defensive tackle draft prospect Louis Nix describes how he lost weight in preparation for the jump to the NFL.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports believes Bradley Roby could drop to the second round.
NFL Network breaks down San Diego’s offseason moves in this video.