SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers enter the last week of organized team activities starting Monday.
Two workouts will be open for reporters in the upcoming week -- Monday and Thursday’s practice. I’m interested to see the continued improvement of the offense and the health of running back Melvin Gordon.
Defensively, the Chargers are developing good chemistry, with the addition of defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and safety Dwight Lowery. I will try to catch up with Lowery this week to ask him how the transition to San Diego has gone so far.
Let’s get to your questions:
@eric_d_williams: San Diego’s issues staying healthy up front were well-documented last season. The Chargers used 24 different offensive-line combinations in 2015, fourth-most in the NFL.
San Diego had five different players at left tackle and six at left guard. And yet general manager Tom Telesco stood pat at offensive line, with the only new player brought in being center Matt Slauson.
It’s a risky proposition. Injured players tend to get injured again, and while offensive linemen can play productive football into their 30s, the Chargers are relying on two players that are getting up there in age in left tackle King Dunlap (30) and Slauson (30).
The addition of offensive-line coaches Jeff Davidson and Dave Deguglielmo should help bring a fresh perspective and build new chemistry with the group.
The Chargers have one of the biggest offensive lines in football, but are looking for guys to get leaner, which should help with flexibility and perhaps injuries.
A change in approach in practice also could help keep guys out of the training room, including less reps and more teaching on the field to limit wear and tear during the season.
It’s pretty simple -- if this group can stay relatively healthy, the Chargers can have a top-10 offense. If San Diego is dinged up on the offensive line again, it will be hard for the Chargers to compete for an AFC West crown in 2016.
@eric_d_williams: Although small in stature at 6-foot and 206 pounds, undrafted rookie Mike Bercovici has been impressive throwing the ball during organized team activities.
He put up decent numbers his final year at Arizona State, throwing for 3,854 yards and 30 touchdowns. Bercovici completed 60 percent of his passes and had just nine interceptions.
He has good speed for a quarterback (Bercovici ran a 4.75-second, 40-yard time) and possesses a strong arm. I like that he plays with anticipation and gets the ball out quick. And he’s appeared to have made the transition pretty well.
But Bercovici has an uphill battle making the final roster. Kellen Clemens and Zach Mettenberger are battling it out for the No. 2 job. And it’s unlikely the Chargers will keep more than three quarterbacks on the final roster.
Bercovici’s reps also took a hit with the arrival of Mettenberger. I think he has a chance to stick as a practice-squad quarterback, depending on how many quarterbacks the Chargers keep after final roster cuts.
Bercovici also is scheduled to be a part of the NFL Network’s "Undrafted" show this fall, so you can follow his progress there as well.