The first round of cuts is approximately a week away and several young Chargers are doing everything in their power to grab hold of a roster spot. From undrafted rookies like FB Mike Tolbert to vets like WR Malcom Floyd and ILB Tim Dobbins, no one feels safe when the Turk starts to lurk.
August 18, 2008
The Chargers worked out some early kinks at Qualcomm on Saturday to post a 31-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. After trailing early in the first half, San Diego relied on some fresh-faced rookies to get the job done. Jacob Hester proved that not all rooks are wide-eyed and bushy-tailed as he looked the part of a veteran with a pair of end zone celebrations. Here's what worked and what didn't...
August 9, 2008
With training camp around the corner, there are a number of interesting matchups to look out for on special teams. Can Tim Dobbins earn a roster spot based on kick-coverage alone? Will Buster Davis take over on punt returns? Will Billy Vinnedge hang around longer than expected? Samantha Fillerup lays out all the story lines worth watching.
July 22, 2008
San Diego's excessive depth will force some difficult decisions as training camp unfolds. However, the wide receivers and linebackers aren't the only ones feeling the crunch. The choices the Chargers make regarding their kickoff coverage teams could make or break the careers of some longstanding veterans. Chargers expert Michael Lombardo explains.
July 19, 2008
Head-high with linebacker depth, the Bolts have two players looking to squeeze into the last active roster spot. Tim Dobbins and Carlos Polk both display shortcomings on defense but are fierce competitors on special teams. While Polk battles to prove he can remain a healthy contributor, Dobbins looks to add stock to his name after a sub-par stint as a fill-in.
July 5, 2008
SDBoltReport.com's Samantha Fillerup continues to rank San Diego's top-56 players. Part IV of this eight-part series takes a look at spots 29-35, a grouping that includes three off-season additions and a pair of former Cornhuskers. Find out where everybody stacks up in this latest installment.
June 24, 2008
Assembling a contending roster is about more than identifying talented players…it's about identifying talented programs. There are six major college programs with multiple players on San Diego's roster, accounting for more than a dozen players who are critical to the Bolts' success. Team expert Michael Lombardo ranks the impact of each college.
June 10, 2008
The Chargers are all set at the kicking positions, as Nate Kaeding and Mike Scifres boast two of the best young legs in the league. The team is solid in kick coverage, as well, although there could be a shakeup on those units. Kassim Osgood is holding out in hopes of a trade while rookies Antoine Cason and DeJuan Tribble will work into the rotation.
May 30, 2008