Roster Changes

Hester Among Cut Day Casualties

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Jacob Hester, a special teams captain for San Diego last season will now be looking to bring his services elsewhere. Hester had been featured at fullback as well, finishing the season with 90 yards rushing and 12 receptions including a touchdown. The Chargers felt it was time to move on and revamp a special teams unit that was one of the most inconsistent in the NFL.

Among the other high profile cuts was last year’s starting kicker Nick Novak, defensive end Jacques Cesaire, and offensive tackle Mario Henderson.

Ryan Matthews is still healing from his broken clavicle injury, and is expected to miss the season opener as of right now. If Matthews does not make the start, Ronnie Brown will be the Chargers go to man at running back. Brown had several good seasons with the Miami Dolphins, but has been below average since then. With the Philadelphia Eagles last season Brown only gained 136 yards on 42 carries. San Diego would better serve themselves starting the big, bruiser Jackie Battle, and use Brown as a change of pace and third down back. However, it is well documented that Norv Turner is not most orthodox head coach. Hopefully, the Chargers can get fully healthy before facing the Oakland Raiders next Monday Night.

Vincent Jackson Unlikely to be Franchise Tagged

According to SportingNews, it is unlikely that Vincent Jackson will receive the franchise tag. This means that on March 13th, Vincent Jackson will be an Unrestricted Free Agent and available for any team, including the San Diego Chargers, to extend an offer to. It had been speculated that if the Chargers were to use their Franchise Tag, it would be to retain their Pro Bowl receiver, Vincent Jackson. If the Chargers lose Jackson, they will have a big hole at the receiver position to fill, and I don’t think management feels that Malcolm Floyd had the ability to be the teams go to receiver for a whole season.

In addition to the news regarding Vincent Jackson, the San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl guard, Kris Dielman, was forced to retire after having another serious concussion during the game against the New York Jets last season. He made the decision so that he can live a healthy life and not risk another serious head injury if he continued to play.