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Update: San Diego Chargers Position Battles

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The Chargers have three position battles going on this preseason in which the starting job is up for grabs.  Here is a quick look at how these battles have shaped up so far this preseason.

 

Right Guard:

This battle has been decimated by injuries.   Kynan Forney, the favorite to win the job, suffered a neck injury a few weeks ago and was not able to play last week against the Cardinals.  Louis Vasquez, the Chargers 3rd round pick this year, who is trying to steal the starting job away from the veteran missed the first preseason game due sprained left foot he sustained during training camp.

Forney played well in his start against the Seahawks and has been said to have had a great camp so far.  Vasquez stumbled a bit in his first career NFL star against the Cardinals.  He struggled in both the passing game (allowing two sacks) and in the running game.  With a great camp and Vasquez’s struggles Forney should have the starting RG spot all but locked up to start the season if he can remain healthy.

 

Defensive End:

Defensive End has been another position that has been bitten by the injury bug this preseason with   Jacques Cesaire being out of the first two preseason games with a calf strain and Ryon Bingham being out until September with a torn tricep muscle.  The injuries to the two veterans have allowed Rookie Vaughn Martin ample playing time so far this preseason.  Martin has played ok so far but, as expected, has looked a little rough around the edges.  Martin is definitely a physical specimen and with a little polish should become a force to be reckoned with in years to come but I just don’t see him getting anywhere near a starting job this season.  I really think this job is Cesaire’s to lose if he can stay healthy.   Of the three candidates Cesaire has the most experience and has started for this team in the past.  Also it is thought that Bingham will most likely spend more time at NT reliving Jamal Williams this season than playing DE.

 

Inside Linebacker:

This has been a great battle so far this offseason.  Tim Dobbins who finished the 08 season as the starting MLB next to Stephen Cooper is currently penciled in as the starter so far this preseason.  However Kevin Burnett has done everything in his power to change that.  Burnett has played very well in both preseason games on both defense and special teams.  I don’t think Dobbins has done anything to lose the starting job but he has not played at the same level as Burnett and if Burnett continues to play at a high-level I think his starting job may be in serious jeopardy.