Market Watch: Camp Edition

Training camp is winding down and the roster is starting to take shape. Several players have bolstered their stocks with strong performances, while others have plummeted right out of roster contention. With the first round of cuts due by Aug. 28, here is a breakdown of training camp's studs and duds.

STUDS

  • Andre Coleman – Coleman hails from a small school (Albany State), has great size (6 foot 3, 287 lbs.) and loads of untapped potential. He is powerful enough to anchor against the run yet quick enough to get after the quarterback. One veteran favorably compared him to ex-Charger DeQuincy Scott.

  • T.J. Cottrell – The nephew of defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, T.J.'s presense on the roster is more than a family favor. T.J. is a steady mid-range target and a feisty blocker. He has no chance to make the active roster but may earn a spot on the practice squad.

  • Cletis Gordon – After making the team as a return specialist last season, Gordon will keep his roster spot because of his defensive prowess. His technique has improved by leaps and bounds, allowing him to get the most out of his ample speed and athleticism.

  • Cory Lekkerkerker – Versatility and grit: no two qualities are more important in reserve offensive linemen and Lekkerkerker has both in bunches. He may get caught in a numbers game, but if the Chargers keep nine linemen he will be one of them.

  • Jyles Tucker – No undrafted rookie has a better chance to make the team than Tucker. He is a high-motor player who can fill against the run and bring heat off the edge. He always plays to the whistle and shows the same tenacity on special teams as he does on defense.

DUDS

  • Ryon Bingham – After making the switch to defensive end, Bingham has yet to flash to quickness necessary to excel at that position. He is technically sound and active on the inside, but so are a lot of guys. Coleman and the recently signed Titus Adams both have more upside.

  • Kelly Griffeth – This is Griffeth's third training camp with the Chargers and he has not done enough to stick. He is a hardnosed blocker, but rookie Scott Chandler is running away with the No. 3 tight end spot.

  • Paul Oliver – So much for Oliver providing depth behind the big three. After a month of training camp, he is no better than the team's sixth cornerback. Although is effective against the run and rushing the passer, he has poor recognition skills and is slow out of his breaks.

  • Kassim Osgood – At least once every offseason, Osgood vocalizes his desire to be more involved in the offense. He had a golden opportunity during training camp and let it slip through his hands. He drops too many catchable balls and lacks the quickness to deserve a regular spot in the rotation.

  • Brandon Siler – When the Chargers grabbed Siler in round seven, it appeared they landed the steal of the draft. Turns out, not so much. Siler has failed to distinguish himself despite extra opportunities created by the injuries to Matt Wilhelm and Anthony Waters.


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