Tuesday, August 10, 2010

2010 Chargers Starting Lineup, 8/10/10 Edition

To view the 2011 Chargers starting lineup, please visit http://www.jaimeh.com/blog/chargers-starting-lineup/

Check out the Chargers lineup for 11/28/10 against the Colts here: http://jhowrites.blogspot.com/2010/11/chargers-starting-lineup-against-colts.html

(Update: You can view my updated lineup prediction here: http://jhowrites.blogspot.com/2010/09/chargers-starting-lineup-9410-edition.html)

I know it's early, but with training camp started, the preseason officially going, I'm spending my days thinking about football and what is going to happen in the next few months. The Chargers are yet to take the field for a preseason game, but it's never too early to speculate.

So who will the starting lineup for the Chargers be come opening day? Obviously things will change. We don't know how the young guys will do, there will be injuries, and possibly signings to fill voids. But if you had to pick your starters now, who would they be?

Some of the spots are locked (Phillip Rivers is the guy obviously), and I'm largely guessing. I don't live in the San Diego area anymore, so I'm going off of reports by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune and Bolts From the Blue (http://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/), to name a couple (isn't Twitter great!?). And I'm no expert, just a fan needing some Charger talk to get me through the next month.

QB - Philip Rivers
RB - Ryan Mathews
FB - Mike Tolbert
TE - Antonio Gates
WR - Malcolm Floyd
WR - Legedu Naanee (Maybe it's health issues, but I just see him beating out Craig Davis as the starter)
LT - Brandyn Dombrowski
LG - Kris Dielman
C - Nick Hardwick
RG - Luis Vasquez
RT - Jeromy Clary

CB - Quentin Jammer
CB - Antoine Cason
SS - Stephen Gregory
FS - Eric Weddle
OLB - Shaun Philips
MLB - Stephen Cooper
MLB - Kevin Burnett
OLB - Larry English (Since Shawne Merriman hasn't signed yet, I have to assume he won't, at least for this version of the starting lineup)
DE - Luis Castillo
DT - Antonio Garay
DE - Jacques Cesaire

Special Teams
P - Mike Scifres
K - Nate Kaeding

Clearly I didn't venture out and make too many bold predictions. And keep in mind this is only opening day. As best I can tell, there aren't a whole lot of opening spots really open right now. Most of the competition is for backup spots (the third and fourth corner spots should be interesting). And as much as I can't wait to see Cam Thomas, Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Vaughn Martin in some rotation on the line, I just see experience winning out with Garay and Cesaire. Plus I hear that Garay is having a great camp so far.

This is only version one, I'll update this as camp goes on and people are cut or signed. Maybe I'll even get brave and try to guess the 53-man roster. But this is as of August 10, 2010.

So what would you change from my list of starters? Who do you think is or isn't going to be starting?

*Please note, this lineup is based of of my guesses and information taken from www.Chargers.com and www.SignOnSanDiego.com/news/sports/chargers

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