Morning links: Projected starters for Bolts

May, 24, 2014
May 24
11:15
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Good morning. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com provides his projected starters for the San Diego Chargers in 2014.

With the Chargers not making many splashy moves in free agency or the draft, there’s not much to quibble with Rosenthal’s starting lineup. He believes that Malcom Floyd will push Vincent Brown for the starting receiver job opposite of Keenan Allen, but I see Brown prevailing there.

Rosenthal also believes that rookie Jason Verrett will start opposite Shareece Wright at corner, but I still want to see the TCU product healthy before I put him in the starting lineup.

I also expect Marcus Gilchrist to be pushed at safety by Jahleel Addae.

If you only read one thing today, it should be this story by Kevin Van Valkenburg of ESPN The Magazine on the disappearance of San Diego State running back Adam Muema.

Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson will be part of a 16-person class inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this year.


Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders writes that the use of “11” personnel (1 running back, 3 receivers, 1 tight end) was the dominant formation in the league last year at 51 percent, with “12” personnel (1 running back, 2 receivers, 2 tight ends) a distant second at 20.6 percent. Schatz predicts that trend will continue, but I think with the success of teams like Seattle and San Francisco running the ball that we could see more teams running two-tight end sets.

The Chargers were one of five teams that used two tight end sets more than 30 percent of the time last season, and that’s no surprise with Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green on the roster.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco answered questions from fans during a live chat, which you can check out here.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that Jahleel Addae is looking to build on an impressive rookie campaign by earning a starting job in his second season.

Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report takes a closer look at the zone-running game. It’s worth a read.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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