Jeromey Clary opened OTAs as the Chargers' starting right guard.
Clary has started 78 career games, all at right tackle. After the selection of RT D.J. Fluker with the No. 11 overall pick last month, Clary is trying to make the switch to the interior. The 29-year-old graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 14 right tackle last season, but his pass blocking has long been sub-par. The Chargers current offensive line looks like this: LT King Dunlap, LG Chad Rinehart, C Nick Hardwick, RG Clary, RT Fluker.
The Chargers have formally converted Marcus Gilchrist to strong safety.
Gilchrist (5'10/193) is smallish for a strong safety, but he's always been a solid tackler and adds coverage skills to San Diego's backend. Strong safety has been a weak spot in the Chargers' defense since Rodney Harrison left in 2003. Gilchrist will be a major IDP sleeper should he hold off 2012 third-rounder Brandon Taylor. Taylor is a long shot coming off of a torn ACL.
Chargers coach Mike McCoy expects second-round ILB Manti Te'o to be an every-down player as a rookie.
"Our plan is for him to play three downs, and when we scouted him, we believed that's what he'd be,'' McCoy said. "But he'll have to earn that, obviously. If he's the best guy on all three downs, he'll be in there.'' McCoy's comments come after GM Tom Telesco said Te'o may not play many passing downs as a rookie. Although Te'o views his instincts and play diagnosis as strengths ' keys for linebackers dropping into coverage ' his suspect athleticism could still end up sending him to the pine more often than not on third down.
New Chargers coach Mike McCoy believes Philip Rivers can complete 70 percent of his passes in 2013.
Rivers converted 63.5 percent of his throws with a 53:35 TD:INT ratio over the past two seasons. "I've been blown away by his anticipation and willingness to learn,'' McCoy said. Per SI's Peter King, McCoy plans to "harp on" getting Rivers to "trust the system," and not fall in love with his ability to fit deep balls into small windows. A career 63.6-percent passer, Rivers isn't going to suddenly become Drew Brees, but it's not hard to believe his completion rate will rise with deep-ball aficionado Norval Turner now in Cleveland. Rivers' YPA will fall.
Chargers second-round LB Manti Te'o admits he's "not the fastest (or strongest)."
"I knew my work ethic was going to be the thing that pulls me through," Te'o said. It's an interesting comment from a player who originally blamed his slow 40-yard dash time at the Combine (4.82) on exhaustion. Te'o also believes he shines in the film room. "A lot of this game is played mentally. Little of it is played physically. Your mind makes your body move. I try to get my preparation that way." Te'o is admitting what's evident on film ' he relies on "feel" and awareness more than his athleticism to make plays.
Chargers agreed to terms with fifth-round CB Steve Williams on a four-year contract.
Williams started every game the last two seasons for Cal, but he was a surprising early draft entrant following his junior season. He's not an imposing corner, but Williams isn't afraid to mix it up with receivers. Williams could see significant snaps as the Chargers' nickel back in year one.
Third-round WR Keenan Allen (knee) was a full participant as the Chargers opened rookie minicamp Friday.
Allen tore his left PCL last October and was extraordinarily slow to recover. He was only 90 percent as of late April, which likely contributed to Allen's draft-day slide. Apparently, he's healthy know. We'll form a stronger opinion about Allen's rookie-year fantasy outlook once we see him in preseason action.