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Jason Verrett, Jeremiah Attaochu expected to replace veterans

Good morning.

Cole Schultz of Pro Football Focus examines the number of snaps lost for the San Diego Chargers by the departure of veteran Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson. Add in the loss of Marcus Gilchrist, Andrew Gachkar and Shareece Wright in free agency, and the Chargers will have to replace more than 3,400 snaps defensively.

My take: Cornerback Jason Verrett and outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu are two who have to step up and fill the void. Both players had trouble staying healthy last season, so it will be important that they report to training camp healthy and in shape so each can play a full season. The Chargers also need to develop better depth at these two important positions.

Hayley Elwood of Chargers.com writes that Attaochu is working to improve off an uneven performance in his rookie season

My take: Attaochu has to stay healthy and provide consistent pressure off the edge for San Diego to play at a high level. How he plays in training camp and in preseason games will be one of the main storylines to watch for in training camp.

Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that running back Branden Oliver will speak at the rookie symposium in Aurora, Ohio, talking about his experiences as a rookie.

My take: Oliver is a great choice. He’s grounded and can talk about his experience earning a roster spot as an undrafted rookie free agent last year. Even with the addition of Melvin Gordon, Oliver still will play an important role on offense for the Chargers.

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times writes that cities like Carson should be leery of doing business with the NFL after what has happened with the Chargers in San Diego.

My take: In my opinion Hiltzik does not provide an accurate representation of why things fell apart in San Diego regarding the stadium issue. Bottom line is there’s culpability on both sides. Further, the NFL isn’t going to change how it does business in local communities regarding stadium issues because more cities want NFL teams as part of their community than the number of teams available, giving the league leverage.