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Chargers Line In Flux

4 Of 5 Spots Feature New Players



    Chargers Line In Flux
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    SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 10 - D.J. Fluker #76 (L) of the San Diego Chargers listens to coaching instructions during Rookie Camp at the team's practice facility on May 10, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

    It is only May 13, and the Chargers have had their full team on the field at the same time for all of 100 minutes.

    But, we're getting a pretty good idea of what the revamped offensive line is going to look like.

    At the first workout of their latest installment of Organized Team Activities (OTA's) the first-unit line looked like this:

    • RT - D.J. Fluker
    • RG - Jeromey Clary
    • C - Nick Hardwick
    • LG - Chad Rinehart
    • LT - King Dunlap

    Only Hardwick is in a spot he played in 2012. Clary is moving from tackle to guard to make room for Fluker, the massive rookie from Alabama. Rinehart and Dunlap were free agent signees.

    Before Manti Te'o arrived, the biggest story for the Chargers was the attempt to rebuild the line that allowed Philip Rivers to be sacked a career-high 49 times last season. Now it's not the biggest story, but it's still the biggest question. Head coach Mike McCoy is keeping an open mind in his search for an answer.

    "We talked to all the guys up front," said McCoy on Monday. "It doesn't matter what five are up there. You want the best five combination to play and communicate."

    So the line may undergo a few more alterations before the season opener against Houston on September 9. But it appears Fluker, Clary, Hardwick, Rinehart and Dunlap are getting the first crack at winning the jobs.