It’s been an interesting offseason for the Chargers, as they continue to try and tweak their roster as they now sit about five weeks away from the NFL Draft in May. Find out if the NFL betting odds are on the Chargers’ side at Mybookie.ag.
Looking at the landscape of the players the team has gained, they inked three players they hope will be able to add to their roster come 2015. Offensive linemen Orlando Franklin, Kick Returner Jacoby Jones and Defensive Tackle Ricardo Mathews.
The club also re-signed two players that will make an impact on the roster, cornerback Brandon Flowers and offensive tackle King Dunlap.
General Manager Tom Telesco did a nice job in making sure the team got back two key players, as well as adding more with adding Franklin, Jones and Mathews.
Telesco got Franklin with a guaranteed $20 million. Franklin has long arms and huge, powerful hands, and is a more mobile and forceful run blocker than former left guard Chad Rinehart.
Jones is a huge upgrade as a kick returner, and is faster and more instinctual than any other Chargers returner. Jones can find the holes and hit the crease. He had a 72-yard return this past season against the Chargers in a San Diego win in Baltimore.
The team did have some losses this year in free agency, as the club lost SS Marcus Gilchrist, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Eddie Royal.
Gilchrist wound up with the New York Jets, Mathews took his talents to Philadelphia to play for Chip Kelly and the Eagles, and Royal is off to Chicago to play for the Bears.
Losing Royal hurt, as he was tough, smart and team-oriented. Telesco said that he still has several moves to make, and getting a wide out to recoup the loss of Royal would be a good move.
It’s a shame that Mathews just couldn’t stay on the field, as he was a player who could spread the field and scare defenses with his speed. He also just couldn’t stay healthy. Look for the Bolts to look for a running back at some point in the draft that can take the place of Mathews.
Look for the Chargers to continue to try and upgrade their roster with the draft coming up in May. They need to keep the heat on the Broncos in the AFC West, and this may just be the year they do it with a talented roster that can go toe to toe with any team, starting with Denver as well as Kansas City and to a lesser extent the Raiders.