I am working on an article that will state my opinion regarding the topic in the title.  That piece will be posted either tonight or tomorrow. But I am leaving the question to you.

Could the 2013 campaign be the best yet for former first round pick Ryan Mathews?  Although we have only had a limited sample size thus far in the preseason, there seems to be a few things that are different about the fourth year running back.

It certainly doesn’t hurt his chances that it appears as though the Offensive line has improved from last year.  This year’s group can’t really be any worse than what was put on the field in 2012.

As mentioned above, I’ll be breaking down Mathews’ chances of having a career year in a post in the very near future.

You all know the drill.  Place you vote below and tell me why you voted the way you did in the comment section.


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So we put this out there for you to vote on who you think makes the 53 man roster.  Now I may not agree with all of the roster choices, but on average these 53 guys were on the rosters of what was submitted.  Below are the results by position and some thoughts on a few surprises.  Thanks to everyone who participated.


Quarterback (2)

Philip Rivers

Charlie Whitehurst

Analysis: Not a total shock that Whitehurst stays, given he’s a vet.  Sorenson had some votes though.


Running Backs (3)

Ryan Mathews

Danny Woodhead

Ronnie Brown

Analysis: No real questions in this group…unless we sign a vet..cough McGahee cough.


Fullback (2)

Le’ron McClain

Chris Gronkowski

Analysis: This shows just how close this position may be.  McClain is the veteran and is the better runner, but if they add a bigger back as a FA, he may be the one to go to save money. This is a position to watch.


Wide Receivers (6)

Danario Alexander

Malcom Floyd

Vincent Brown

Keenan Allen

Eddie Royal

Robert Meachem

Analysis: I can tell you this, Meachem was literally the 53rd player.  Clearly, some of you had him on the cut list and some of you had him on the roster.  


Tight Ends (3)

Antonio Gates

Ladarius Green

John Phillips

Analysis: No surprises here…Green has some real upside.  Hope we see that in preseason.


Offensive Tackle (3)

Max Starks

King Dunlap

DJ Fluker

Analysis: You guys went light on the tackles here.  But total offensive lineman (and guys who can play both G-T should help fill the void here).  You’ll also see a couple of near misses who nearly made the squad.


Offensive Guard (4)

Chad Rinehart

Jeromey Clary

Johnnie Troutman

Rich Ohrnberger (C/G)

Analysis: Solid picks and probably in line with what you’d expect.  Only surprise in the group is C/G Rich Ohrnberger.  But perhaps his familiarity with Whiz  buys him some time.


Center (3)

Nick Hardwick

David Molk

Colin Baxter

Analysis: Keeping 3 centers may not be likely.  Like Ohrnberger, Baxter and Molk can both fill in at guard.  Which leads me to think they’ll keep an extra tackle and drop one of those two.


Defensive End (4)

Corey Liuget

Kendall Reyes

Jarius Wynn

Damik Scafe

Analysis: Right in line with the UT predictions and gives them good depth at the position.


Defensive Tackle (3)

Cam Thomas

Kwame Geathers

Byron Jerideau

Analysis: Keeping 3 DTs would be a luxury, not sure they can afford the lack of depth considering Reyes can fill in if needed.


Inside Linebackers (5)

Donald Butler

Manti Te’o

DJ Smith

Bront Bird

Andrew Gachkar

Analysis: Keeping 5 ILB is going to depend on how well they perform on special teams and if any safeties can swoop in and take a spot.


Outside Linebackers (4)

Larry English

Dwight Freeney

Jarret Johnson

Tourek Williams

Analysis: Perhaps a little light on depth considering the rotations.  It’s a position of depth for any team that runs the 3-4 and unless Ingram comes back late in the season, they’ll need these guys and probably 1 more (Thomas Keiser).


Cornerbacks (4)

Derek Cox

Shareece Wright

Johnny Patrick

Steve Williams

Analysis:  Keeping 4 CBs makes sense, especially with Gilchrist who can play both if Taylor takes over when he’s back.  If they do keep 5 CBs, Middleton, Brown or Cromartie may push for that spot.


Safeties (4)

Eric Weddle

Marcus Gilchrist

Darrell Stuckey

Brandon Taylor

Analysis: Jahleel Addae has been a camp favorite and working with the twos.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see him crack the roster, especially if he can prove himself on special teams.


Kicker (1)

Nick Novack

Analysis: Was there competition?


Punter (1) 

Mike Scifres

Analysis: Our apologies to Richard Kent, but Scifres is too good.


Long Snapper (1)

Mike Windt

Analysis: ….just stay healthy…better question is who is the backup now that Ingram is hurt?


On the bubble…according to you

Greg Brown – CB

Thomas Keiser – OLB

Steve Schilling – T

Jahleel Addae – S

Marcus Cromartie – CB


Final Analysis: Right off the top, I’d cut Orhnberger and Baxter and add Keiser and Schilling.  One of the ILB would also be a cut for me and add in Addae.  Cromartie is the next one who could break the roster to replace Brown.  Overall, heavy competition at FB, WR, ILB, CB, S.


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Justin Holmerud



While we are just 5 days into training camp, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 53 man roster.  Kevin Acee and Michael Gehlken have taken their first stab at it.  For our purposes, we are looking to you the fans to collaboratively come up with who you think will make up the 53 man roster.

Below, you will find a link that allows you to pick your 53 man roster from all the players currently on the team.  Keep in mind, it’s less important where they are ranked vs. ensuring the players are in the top 53 rankings.  So for example: Ranking Philip Rivers #1 is obvious, but he could be #53 in your list, so long as he’s on there.  Anyone ranked 54 and beyond is considered a cut.  I’ve ordered the players by position.  You can start by clicking on a player and then you’ll see the numbers show up in the boxes next to them to help you see where your 53 starts and ends.  You can then use the drop down to assign numbers or drag and drop guys within the list.

It’s your turn to play Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy Lots of competition in camp…will Eddie Royal make your 53?  After a few days, we will collect results and share those out with you for who you all think makes the team.  I’ll also post some guys who are on the bubble or that received roster votes.  Look forward to seeing who your 53 are.

Click here to pick your 53



I would like to start by saying that I like the way the receiving corp has been put together.  There is a nice blend of youth and experience.  If given the proper time by the Offensive linemen, Philip Rivers could be back to topping the 4,000 yards passing plateau in 2013.

That being said, due to the number of options Rivers will have in the passing game, I find it difficult to envision a player with 1,000 yards receiving.  If I had to guess, I would say that the team will featured multiple guys, possibly even 3 or more, that top 750 yards through the air.

The safest bet to have 1,000 yards receiving would have to be Danario Alexander.  After being signed during the 2012 season, Alexander burst onto the scene for the Bolts while only playing in 10 games.  The fact that he was able to build a rapport so quickly with Rivers bodes well for this season’s numbers.  Especially when you take into consideration that he’ll have a full offseason to get in rhythm with San Diego’s signal caller.

I suppose that Antonio Gates and Vincent Brown have small chances, respectively, to flirt with the 1,000 yard mark but I do not see that happening.  Perhaps even Malcom Floyd, if he remains healthy for 16 games, could sneak up on 1,000 yards.

So that leaves the question to you.  Do you think the Chargers will have a receiver eclipse 1,000 yards receiving?  Place your vote in the poll below and feel free to tell us why you voted the way that you did in the comment section.


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ClaryYesterday during the first combined rookie and veteran OTA, the Chargers lined up Jeromey Clary in what was the starting Right Guard position.  As you all know, Clary has been the Right Tackle for quite some time now.  After the drafting of DJ Fluker there is obviously no way that Clary will be playing Right Tackle unless the team slides in Fluker to the Guard spot.

The goal is to start the best five linemen in order to help make this season a success.  If Clary can excel at the Right Guard spot then he will be well worth his salary.

If the team decides that Clary isn’t going to cut it at Guard then he will most likely be cut.  The Chargers would save $2.3 million if they were to release Jeromey Clary.  He has been a thorn in the side of many a Charger fan during his tenure with the Bolts.

So I leave you with the poll below.  Place your vote and let us now why you voted the way you did below in the comment section.


Do you like the idea of Jeromey Clary at Guard?

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There are quite a few of us, myself included, that have already jumped on the Bryant McKinnie to San Diego bandwagon.  The majority of people believe that he would be an upgrade over what the Chargers currently have on the roster at Left Tackle.

As I have mentioned a few times, adding McKinnie would give the Chargers two gigantic bookends at the tackle positions.  Between McKinnie and the recently drafted DJ Fluker the Bolts would have approximately 700 pounds at the two spots.

So I leave the question to you.  Is Bryant McKinnie the answer at Left tackle for the Chargers?

Place your vote on the poll below and feel free to leave a comment as to why you voted the way that you did.


Is Bryant McKinnie the answer at Left Tackle for the Chargers?

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I could sit here and explain at length my opinion on this subject.  I will not be doing that in this article.  I want to know what your opinion is regarding what you believe is the most successful draft strategy between selecting the best player available and drafting for need.

It would seem that most successful teams put themselves in a position to always draft the best player available.  This is especially true when you consider where their draft picks fall.

Enough of that.  I’ll ask you.  Which strategy do you think is the best way to build a dominant franchise?  Is it drafting the best player available?  Or is it drafting a player that fills a need?

There is a poll below where you can place your vote.  I would encourage all of you that vote to explain why you voted the way you did down in the comment section.

This is another subject that I am very interested to see how the fans feel about it.


Which is the more successful draft strategy to build a team?

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After watching A.J. Smith allow Vincent Jackson to leave via free agency in 2012, he decided to act quickly in an attempt to replace him.  He did so by signing Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal.  We’ll be talking about Royal at another time.

Meachem’s Charger career got off to an extremely frustrating start in his first year.  His inability to develop a rapport with Philip Rivers was a serious issue.  He also had some big drops.  I’m not sure there’s a Charger fan out there that will forgot the ball he dropped in Cleveland.  Unfortunately for me, I certainly won’t be able to forget it.  I was at the game with fellow San Diego fan Dan Locke.  I managed to hit the edge of Superstorm Sandy on my drive back from Cleveland to Charlotte.

Perfect end to a “perfect” trip.

Meachem came in with issues of his own.  He is not known for being a good route runner.  In fact, his route tree is far more similar to that of a bush or shrub, so to speak.

Although he had a good homecoming game in his return to New Orleans, that is the only game that really stands out as a solid effort.  He finished that game with two touchdowns against his former team.

Meachem began to fall so far out of favor that he was hardly seeing the field in the latter parts of the season.  He also had trouble learning the playbook in his first year with the Chargers as well.

He has good size at the position and good speed.  He never had pro bowl numbers with the Saints, but he did manage some solid numbers as a third, or even fourth, option in the New Orleans’ passing game.


Career Stats
Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Long TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
TOTAL 155 2,476 74 25 16 128 41 1 2 1
2012 SD 15 3 14 207 14.8 46 2 1 -6 -6.0 -6 0
2011 NO 16 8 40 620 15.5 67T 6 4 18 4.5 8 0
2010 NO 16 7 44 638 14.5 55 5 4 14 3.5 8 0
2009 NO 16 7 45 722 16.0 54T 9 6 82 13.7 41 0 2 1
2008 NO 14 3 12 289 24.1 74 3 1 20 20.0 20T 1
2007 NO 0 0


When looking at his stats from 2012, it’s quite depressing to see that he only started three games.  That is quite pathetic for a guy that is getting paid handsomely to put up numbers, much less start in games.  His salary, especially his guaranteed money, is arguably the only reason that he will still be a Bolt in 2013.  To cut Meachem would cost the team in excess of $6.5 million dollars.

The Chargers weren’t the only party to have high hopes for him.  Like a fool, I went out and immediately purchased a number 12 Meachem jersey as soon as it was available.

So that leaves us to the question.  Considering there’s a new offensive system under head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, can Robert Meachem make an impact in 2013?  Even to have him put up similar numbers to what he did in 2009 would be very beneficial to the Charger offense.

I will leave the question to you.  Below is a poll for you to voice your opinion on the matter.


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Needless to say, we all would like to see Meachem succeed in San Diego.  Chances are that if he has similar issues to last season, this could be his last shot in lightning bolts.


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We are still a little over a month away from the draft.  The free agency period continues to roll on.  But I thought it would be interesting to assess where the fans feel the Chargers will place in the division with all that has happened up to this point in the offseason.

I expect that many of you will choose third place behind both Denver and Kansas City.  Some of you may even think that the team will finish in dead last come the end of 2013.

Below is a poll.  Place your vote on the poll and leave a comment explaining why you voted the way that you did.


Where will the Chargers finish in the AFC West in 2013?

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This is going to be one of BoltBlitz.com’s poll articles.  The grouping of opinions seem to be split down the middle on this topic.

Despite the fact that we are only a couple of days into free agency, there really doesn’t seem to be anyone in the middle on this one.  Fans are either at one end of the spectrum or the other.

There is the group of people that are pleased with the additions and are willing to be patient while giving Tom Telesco time to see his plan through.  Then there’s the group of angry villagers that have already began to tweet #FireTelesco.


Below is a poll for you to vote and let us know what you think.  Which group are you in?  Feel free to leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.


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