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Unanswered depth chart questions

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As we inch closer to the regular season Joe Barksdale Jersey , there are some questions about the depth chart that remain unanswered. The Chargers have a week and a half, including 2 preseason games, to get it figured out. I already went over the tight position battles yesterday, but there are some other questions near the top of the depth chart that also need answering.What is the team going to do at TE? Virgil Green is obviously TE1, and by all appearances Sean Culkin is TE2, but none of the TEs have stood out this preseason. The games don’t seem to be helping either. Through 2 preseason games all of the TE’s combined only have 11 targets. If you take away the 3 targets for Green who is cemented in at TE1, there have been 8 targets to the TEs that are actually trying to earn a spot. Practice is one thing, but the Chargers are going to need to gameplan some more looks for this TE group because they need to figure out if they need to throw money at Gates to come out of retirement before the regular season. Who are going to be the starters at Safety? And Where? Until this week of practice, 1st round pick Derwin James had been playing with the 2nd/3rd team units on defense. He is now finally playing with the 1st team and figures to be in the Strong Safety spot. Although it seems in the joint practice today it seems he was deep a lot of the time when Jahleel Addae was on the field, then moved up in the box more when Rayshawn Jenkins was on the field. Which leaves Free Safety. What is the team going to do there? Addae is a talented safety, but Free Safety isn’t really his best position, as evidenced by the 2 big receptions he gave up in preseason week 2. Watkins, who was getting 1st team snaps in week 2 Authentic Casey Hayward Jersey , tore his ACL in the game and is gone. Rayshawn Jenkins is the other option and is still kind of an unknown. Regardless, it is likely going to be Jahleel Addae starting at FS due to the contract he currently has. Who is going to backup Philip Rivers?Hopefully there isn’t actually much of a question here. Head Coach Anthony Lynn has verbally supported Cardale Jones multiple times, and after yesterday’s practice Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt also said that the race is basically even, however based on both their practice and game performance, Geno Smith is looking like the superior QB. The game this week will likely be Jones’ last chance to make a statement, but this competition is likely over. Will Forrest Lamp be ready for week 1?Forrest Lamp finally resumed practicing this week after going down early last offseason. The hopes were that Lamp would come in and be an instant starter on the Chargers OL. He is finally back now, but he is essentially still a rookie. He was working with the 2nd team in the team period today in the first joint practice with the New Orleans Saints, and following practice the way Lynn talked about him, it doesn’t sound like he’s considered 100% yet. Sure it’s not the end of the world if Michael Schofield is starting at RG week 1, but it sure would be nice to have the 2nd round pick and potential All-Pro there instead. Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers offense have been sensational during their six-game winning streak. The veteran quarterback noted this week as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos that things can turn south quickly."We haven't won six in a row in a while, but it can be a one-game losing streak just like that. So I think, again, it's week to week Youth Melvin Ingram Jersey ," Rivers said. "Again, now we've reset and get ready for the Broncos on Sunday."The Chargers (7-2) have one of the league's most-balanced offenses. Rivers is third in the league with a 115.4 passer rating and running back Melvin Gordon is third in yards from scrimmage (1,033).Rivers has been sacked only 12 times, third least among quarterbacks who have started nine or more games. But the Broncos have one of the NFL's best pass-rushing duos in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, who have combined for a league-high 17 sacks.Miller, who has nine sacks this season, has sacked Rivers 15 times since entering the league as the second overall pick in 2011. That is the most by an active player against an active QB."I'm a big Philip Rivers fan. I feel like he's always played great, but the difference this year is he doesn't have as many interceptions," Miller said. "He can make all the throws but he don't take all the shots. He is still accurate as hell, the running game is lights out, and he has a pretty good team."Miller added that the biggest difference with the Chargers this season is they are relying more on the running game with Gordon and Austin Ekeler, which has allowed Rivers to take fewer risks.Chubb, the fifth overall pick in last April's draft http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-brandon-mebane-jersey , has 6 1-2 of his eight sacks over the past four games. Chubb said he got to meet Rivers last season at North Carolina State when he came in to talk to the team."He throws the ball out quick. It's making sure that when I get there, I make sure I try to get the ball out," Chubb said. "He's kind of a bigger guy, he's not going to try to move around too much. But a lot of guys slip off of him. If I get to him, just make sure I secure it and get the ball up."Rivers is tied for fourth in the league with 21 touchdown passes and has thrown two or more in nine straight games. Only five quarterbacks have done it in 10 or more straight games. He has thrown two or more TDs the past three times the Chargers have faced the Broncos.Denver (3-6) is rested after having its bye last week, while the Chargers return to StubHub Center for the first time in six weeks. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he sees a lot of similarities between this year's Broncos and his team last year, which was 3-6 before winning six of its last seven."This team (Denver) has lost four of the six games to division leaders, and they were close games. So this is a good football team," Lynn said. "So, you know, I think it's a matter of time that this team gets going on a streak, but we're just trying to prevent that from being this week."Here are other things to watch in the meeting of AFC West rivals:GORDON'S STREAKGordon has five straight games of at least 120 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Only four players in NFL history have done it in six straight games or more. Coincidentally, the last to do it was the Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.FREEMAN'S RETURNBroncos RB Royce Freeman Tyrell Williams Jersey , who has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury, is likely to be back for this week. Freeman is part of a prolific rookie trio that also features RB Phillip Lindsay and WR Courtland Sutton. They have combined for 1,462 yards from scrimmage, sixth-most yards by a rookie trio through nine games since the 1970 merger.CHALLENGING CORNERBACKBroncos star Chris Harris Jr. is hardly being challenged by quarterbacks this season. In his last game, he locked down on Texans No. 1 receiver DeAndre Hopkins and was only thrown at twice. But he knows that will change Sunday."Against Rivers, I'm excited this week because he always gives me a chance. I know Rivers is going to let me play ball."CENTER OF ATTENTIONWith Matt Paradis on IR with a broken right leg, Connor McGovern will get his first start at center Sunday after moving over from right guard. QB Case Keenum said losing Paradis puts a lot more on everyone's plate."Everyone needs to step their game up," Keenum said. "What's great is that nobody has to be anybody but themselves. Everybody's confident in what their ability is and everybody's confident in what their job is. I think everybody is going to step up on the offensive line, including me, too. I definitely can help out with those guys."KEEP AN EYE ONChargers DE Joey Bosa is back practicing and could he see action. Bosa has missed the first 10 games due to a bone bruise to his left foot, but will be a game-time decision. The Chargers struggled with their pass rush early this season, yet have 15 sacks over the past four games.AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.


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