After Tuesday turned out to be an extremely eventful day as far as transactions are concerned for the Chargers, the team is back at practice Wednesday as they prepare to take on the Chicago Bears at home on Monday night.
The Bolts have completed the first half of the 2015 regular season by going 2-6, losing four games on the final drive, minute or play.
Losers of four in a row and five of their last six, it is hard to justify this team winning too many more games going forward. That being said, do you believe in miracles? Because that is what it will take for the Chargers to find a way to finish this season strong, perhaps even squeaking into the playoffs.
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Despite the fact that the team is entering the “softer” side of their schedule, San Diego has not shown that they can win even when they are expected to do so. The struggles of this team have been widely documented on this site.
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The Chargers have re-signed running back Donald Brown, according to the team’s official website. The team waived offensive lineman Michael Ola to make room for Brown. If Ola clears waivers, there is a good chance that the team will bring him back to the practice squad.
Chargers fans everywhere are not going to be pleased with the re-signing of Brown. Since being signed in free agency during the 2014 offseason, the former Colt has yet to make much of a positive impact for San Diego.
Brown was signed to a three-year, $10.5 million contract last year.
In his first season with the Chargers, the 28-year-old carried the ball 85 times for 223 yards, averaging only 2.6 yards per carry. For his career, Brown has 636 carries for 2,600 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground, adding 112 receptions for 978 yards and two receiving scores. Prior to being released prior to Week 4, he was inactive for the first three games of the 2015 season, a healthy scratch in each contest.
Ola started 12 games in 2014 for the Chicago Bears. He played four of the five possible offensive line positions; the exception being the center spot. After being promoted to the 53-man roster for Week 4, Ola saw time at guard against the Browns on Sunday.
After placing offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman on reserve-injured and waiving tight end Kyle Miller, the Chargers have promoted offensive lineman Tyreek Burwell to the 53-man roster. The team also brought back offensive lineman Michael Huey to the practice squad, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The offensive line dealt with multiple injuries in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. King Dunlap left the game with what was reported to be a concussion. This was after guard Orlando Franklin was carted off of the field with a lower-leg injury. D.J. Fluker, who probably shouldn’t have been playing, was in and out of the lineup dealing with an injury of his own. Like Fluker, Chris Watt was battling a groin issue and was eventually replaced by Trevor Robinson.
After the promotion of Burwell, the Bolts still have one available spot on their 53-man roster. It would appear that the team will look to add another offensive lineman, or promote Craig Watts Jr., Michael Ola or the recently acquired Huey.
The Chargers are, like 2014, already being decimated by injuries along the offensive line. If the team is unable to find a way to form a cohesive unit upfront, the Chargers are doomed to miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season. It is imperative that Philip Rivers has time to get rid of the ball in passing situations, and the running game has the needed holes to get work done on the ground.
In a move that seems to be three weeks too late, the Chargers have placed offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman on reserve-injured, according to the team’s official website. Additionally, the Bolts have again waived tight end Kyle Miller.
The Chargers’ roster now sits at 51 players.
After suffering s litany of injuries along the offensive line in Week 3, it would make perfect sense that the team adds multiple pieces to the O-line.
Troutman, a former fifth-round draft choice, has struggled to make a positive impact when he has been healthy. Known more for his run-blocking ability, no one has ever confused him for being a decent pass-blocking guard. With his placement on reserve-injured, it could be that we have all seen the last of Troutman in a Chargers’ uniform.
When looking at the offensive lineman on the practice squad, it could be that the team will add Craig Watts Jr. or Michael Ola to the 53-man roster. Truth be told, both have the chance of being elevated to the game-day roster.
Watts Jr. joined the team last season as an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M. He spent all of 2014 season on the practice squad; minus games where he was suspended due to a violation of the league’s policy substance abuse policy.
Ola started 12 games for the Chicago Bears last year. He played every spot along the offensive line with the exception of center. His versatility most likely spurned the interest of general manager Tom Telesco.