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.
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.