On September 10th, 2014 the San Diego Chargers placed All-Pro OC Nick Hardwick on the IL with a neck injury one game into the season. He would never return and with his departure the team marked the last time the Chargers had an effective offensive line, let alone one with attitude.
Free Agent Matt Slauson was signed in May to shore up the beleaguered position and at the time I posited it was a nice thought but too little too late. With the NFL Network reporting the signing of third round pick Max Tuerk to his four year rookie deal now I’m thinking Slauson is a speed bump in the way of what’s bound to happen.
Tuerk is the proverbial piano athlete as you can play him up and down the line. That’s all well and good, but offensive center is his natural position and where the team needs him in order to help bring their line out of the dark ages. Is that too much to ask for a third round rookie? Perhaps. But surpassing last years productivity shouldn’t be that hard and Mr. Tuerk has the requisite skills and “attitude” you want from your linemen, Fluker being the other primary ” ‘tude ” guy the team has to call on.
The 2016 offensive line looks better on paper than the 2015 version if for no other reason than players returning from injury. I also like the move of D.J. Fluker inside to RG and have a bit of a salivation thing going on thinking about Fluker and Tuerk side by side leading the way for sophomore RB Melvin Gordon.
Tuerk is a rookie and in all likelihood will play this season behind Slauson as he learns the NFL ropes. QB Philip Rivers and RB Melvin Gordon hopes he doesn’t take too long. The Chargers need him on the line, not holding a clip board.
Joey Bosa … where are you ????
What say you Sports Nation?
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