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Chargers Solidify Roster by Adding Experience

Team now deeper at key positions

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    CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20: J.T. O'Sullivan #4 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

     In a final effort to enhance their roster before the season, the Chargers became a deeper, more experienced team on Tuesday upon completing an eight-day stretch of transactions.

    First, the team signed fourth-year cornerback Fred Bennett on Aug. 30. Then it traded for seventh-year wide receiver Patrick Crayton and added sixth-year tackle Adam Terry. On Tuesday, the Chargers released cornerback Brandon Hughes to make room for quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, a ninth-year journeyman who started eight games in 2008 for the 49ers and was recently cut by the Bengals.

    It'll be a quick turnaround for the newcomers, all of whom are currently on the 53-man roster with the Sept. 13 season opener fast approaching.

    Chargers coach Norv Turner said he is confident they will have sufficient time to acclimate to their new system.

    "When you get veteran players who have been in systems that are similar, it goes a lot quicker," Turner said. "Patrick Crayton, even though it's a little bit different now, there are a lot of similarities in the system he's been running. ...He picked it up awfully quickly.

    "With Bennett, we threw him in the preseason, and he had a good practice (Monday). I think the fact that those guys are veteran players will help us."

    Terry, a reserve at both tackle positions, is also experiencing a speedy transition. He was coached by Turner in the Senior Bowl and, with the Ravens, has spent two years under former Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.