San Diego Chargers: Brandon Taylor

In a move that could signal the potential signing of Brandon Flowers, the San Diego Chargers cleared a roster spot to add the veteran cornerback to the 90-man roster by waiving safety Brandon Taylor on Thursday, the team announced.

A third-round pick by the Chargers in 2012, Taylor was still working his way back from an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee, suffered at the end of his rookie season in December 2012.

Although he was included on the active roster in 2013, Taylor was inactive for all 16 regular-season games and both playoff contests last season.

Eric Weddle and Marcus Gilchrist are San Diego’s projected starters at the safety positions heading into training camp, with Jahleel Addae and Darrell Stuckey working with the second unit during offseason workouts.

“We’d like to thank Brandon for his work and contributions to the Chargers the last three years, and wish him the best as he continues his career,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said in a prepared statement released by the team.

Flowers met with the Chargers on Wednesday, but no deal has been announced between the Virginia Tech product and the team.
All four San Diego Chargers on Friday's injury report are defensive players.

That’s not exactly ideal heading into a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on a short week. The Chargers, who blew a 21-point lead in the second half to Houston on Monday night, have to face the fast-paced, Chip Kelly Eagles’ offense.

Depth can become a problem if these injuries are an issue.

Only one San Diego player is listed as out -- rookie Manti Te’o. It is no surprise. The inside linebacker has not practiced since suffering a foot injury Aug. 8. Bront Bird will continue to play for Te’o.

The other San Diego players on the report are all probable. They are defensive ends Corey Liuget (shoulder) and Sean Lissemore (elbow) and safety Brandon Taylor (knee).

Chargers bounce back well

August, 25, 2013
Random thoughts on the San Diego Chargers’ 24-7 win at Arizona on Saturday night:
  • The Chargers bounced back and played a strong game in the most important one of the preseason. San Diego was sloppy last week in Chicago. But Mike McCoy’s team showed nice improvement at Arizona.
  • Quarterback Philip Rivers’ numbers were not great. He was 10-of-18 passing for 71 yards and he was intercepted once. But the Chargers moved the ball well under Rivers’ guidance.
  • Running back Ryan Mathews continued his strong preseason as he had 57 yards on 14 carries. Mathews did fumble (the Chargers ended up scoring on the play) once. He needs to fix that part of his game.
  • San Diego’s offensive line appeared to be much improved from the Chicago game. Arizona had just one sack. That is a positive development. Rivers needs protection.
  • San Diego was strong defensively. Defensive end Dwight Freeney was very active. At 33, he has shown this preseason that he still has something left in the tank.
  • After being awful on special teams in the first two preseason games, San Diego was better Saturday. They blocked a punt and a field goal.
  • Second-year tight end Ladarius Green had a 57-yard catch. He continued to show he may be ready to be a contributor this season.
  • Second-year safety Brandon Taylor had five tackles and looked good. It was his first action since tearing his ACL late last season. The team has high hopes for him.