Newly-signed Chargers center Matt Slauson is a strong offseason addition, providing experience and a 6-5, 320-pound frame to anchor the offensive line.
The former Chicago Bear arrived in San Diego this past week and is now getting acquainted with new teammates, coaches and surroundings. Though Slauson started only four games at center last season -- (the other 12 came at guard) -- he is expected to line up with quarterback Philip Rivers behind him in San Diego.
"Philip is great," Slauson told Chargers.com this past week. "I can already tell he is the ultimate pro."
Slauson brings versatility, and hopefully health, at a position that has seen too many injuries since longtime center Nick Hardwick retired in 2015. (To be fair, the entire offensive line has been a merry-go-round in recent years, with only one player, Joe Barksdale, starting every game last season due to injuries at nearly every position.)
Now, Slauson will learn Barksdale, right guard D.J. Fluker, left guard Orlando Franklin and left tackle King Dunlap.
"It takes a little time for the offensive line to mesh," Slauson said. "I don't think it's going to take that much time here -- all the guys around me are all experienced guys so we'll pick it up fast."