The Chargers made offensive guard Matt Feiler their second big free-agent signing following the move to ink Corey Linsley to a then-record contract for a center in the NFL. After landing the First-Team All-Pro, the Bolts added Feiler in an attempt to get bigger along the line while adding a player who has proven inside-outside versatility.
According to Pro Football Focus’ latest rankings of the top-32 players at each position, Feiler just barely made the cut as he was ranked the 32nd-best guard in the NFL by analyst and author, Sam Monson. Here’s what he had to say about the Chargers’ starting left guard:
“Matt Feiler may be a better tackle than he is a guard, but a player who has had to fill in across multiple spots in Pittsburgh should upgrade significantly at guard for the Chargers and be capable of kicking out to right tackle if Bryan Bulaga gets hurt again. Feiler has generated a PFF pass-blocking grade of at least 69.9 every year in which he has played a significant role.”
It’s not often you hear that a player known for his strength and power may actually be a better player on the edge than along the interior, but that’s apparently the case with Feiler. That’s not a bad thing, though. Even if he’s a lesser guard than tackle, he’s still a mammoth 6’6 and 330 pounds along the interior that’s also an upgrade from any guard they’ve had in recent years. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that Bulaga will miss a few games, so having him be able to kick out to right tackle is a huge deal.
Fortunately, that move won’t ding the Chargers talent up front all that much with the likes of Brenden Jaimes and Scott Quessenberry there to slide in between Rashawn Slater and Linsley. For the first time in what feels like forever, the Bolts have legitimate depth on the offensive line. If one man goes down, there’s somewhere there to step in who doesn’t immediately make the entire fan base’s heart drop.
For those who have checked out the list themselves, what do you think about Feiler’s rank? Do you believe he should be higher? Which players above him do you not agree with? Let me know what you think in the comments below.