Senior Bowl: Chargers inside Tuesday scoop

The San Diego Chargers lost a coach on Tuesday as offensive line coach Hudson Houck moved on to the Miami Dolphins. We have heard the reason why. The Chargers are closing in on a coaching announcement and are very busy down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.

The Chargers will be bringing back Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron and a deal is expected to be announced soon.

Cameron led the Chargers to the third best scoring offense in the league and his return will continue the evolution of the offense he brought with him from Indiana.

As has become clear, Hudson Houck will join the Miami Dolphins and the Chargers aren't very happy about it. They understand how hard it is to bring in a good offensive line coach and are afraid that all the good ones are already taken in the NFL ranks. Where will they look? That is unclear at this time and perhaps the college route will provide them with the best option. Carl Mauch, formerly of the Detroit Lions is available but word in Mobile was that he may end up in Cleveland.

According to a member of the front office, Houck wanted more say in the offense and with Cameron coming back and Tim Brewster elevated to assistant coach last year, there wasn't enough room for another cook in the kitchen. While most will point to money as the sticking point, nothing could be further from the truth.

The front office of the team has said they came to the Senior Bowl with a mission. They are targeting defensive linemen. As evidenced by their first day of groundwork when they spoke with only defensive tackles, the Chargers honed in at that position again on Tuesday.

That isn't the sole focus of the Chargers' contingency in Mobile but it is a high priority. With two positions wrapped up on the line, by Igor Olshansky and Jamal Williams, they are seeking someone who can play the left end spot. That requires someone with size and the ability to get some pressure up the field.

Jacques Cesaire did a serviceable job of holding down the fort this past year but he would be better suited as a depth player.

It wasn't known whether they again approached the defensive linemen but they have been clear in their intent.

They also have an eye out for an offensive position but are pretty confident heading into the offseason with Cameron all but a done deal.

"Maybe some depth at receiver," said one member of the front office.

The Chargers wasted little time on Tuesday on the receiver front. They met with Senior Bowl newcomer Roydell Williams in the afternoon. Williams, out of Tulane, had a good practice. The former baseball player isn't a game breaker but has some size and is considered a possession receiver. He has deceptive speed, similar to Keenan McCardell. His best attribute is clearly his route running, a trait that makes him seem faster than he is.

The 6-foot-2 receiver caught 52 passes for 826 yards with twelve touchdowns, despite missing one game. As a junior, Williams caught 66 passes for 1,006 yards with nine touchdowns.

Wide receivers' coach James Lofton caught up with Craphonso Thorpe when the afternoon practice concluded. Lofton has been an active face of the Chargers this week, spending quality time talking to recruits.

Thorpe is a well-built receiver at six-foot, 190 pounds. Thorpe ran track at Florida State and is seen as a more complete wide receiver who can play both a possession role and take over a game. On Tuesday, he ran crisp routes and was very cognizant of ball security, wrapping the ball up in his mitts when contact drew near.

A leg injury slowed his senior season and he posted disappointing numbers. He caught just 35 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown, one year after catching 11 touchdowns.


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