San Diego Chargers Players Facing a Make-or-Break Training Camp
The San Diego Chargers will be in the midst of training camp roughly by the end of next week, and it's imperative that several players perform well for a variety of reasons.
Whether it be securing a starting job, a roster spot or even a debut with the Chargers, these players will face the daunting task of having a good camp, because their performance in camp will either make them or break them.
Here are seven players facing make-or-break training camps in San Diego.
OG Jeromey Clary
Jeromey Clary has been given a second chance to continue starting on the Chargers' offensive line after struggling at right tackle. The six-year veteran will now play right guard between Nick Hardwick and 2013 first-round pick D.J. Fluker.
Clary's performance at camp will make or break him because he has just a short while to learn his new position and solidify himself as the man for the job in 2013.
CB Shareece Wright
Being named a starter couldn't have come any easier for Shareece Wright. After both of last season's starters were lost via free agency, Wright was penciled in as a starter during this offseason.
With no starting experience and just 17 games under his belt, Wright will have to prove to his coaches that he's ready to be a starter.
Wright's performance at camp will make or break him because his starting spot at corner isn't necessarily a sure bet. San Diego selected Steve Williams in the fifth round of this year's draft, and he's more than capable of giving Wright a run for his money.
WR Eddie Royal
Eddie Royal was a bust free-agent signing in 2012, but that was mostly due to injury. However, he is in a favorable position to redeem himself in the eyes of fans, as he's slated to be the team's slot receiver this season.
Royal is on thin ice, though.
A bad camp will force the front office to explore its options regarding the veteran receiver, while a good camp could keep him in San Diego through the 2013 season.
WR Robert Meachem
Robert Meachem was even more of a free-agent bust last season than Royal. The former New Orleans Saint accounted for just 14 receptions and two touchdowns in his debut season for the Chargers.
The chemistry just wasn't there between he and Philip Rivers, but he's survived long enough to make it to training camp after there was speculation that he was on his way out of San Diego during the offseason.
Meachem's performance at camp will make or break him because his spot on the roster could potentially be on the line if there are bidders for his services.
OLB Larry English
Four seasons of mediocrity have signaled the possible end of Larry English's tenure in San Diego.
This season will likely be his last with the Chargers, as he's scheduled to become a free agent in 2014, but there is hope for the former first-round pick if he can help the team in light of Melvin Ingram's injury.
Even with Dwight Freeney taking over for Ingram, English still has a chance to show that he's deserving of some playing time. We still don't exactly know how the Chargers will use Freeney or if they'll even use him on every down, so all is not lost for English right away.
English's performance at camp will make or break him because he is going to be a free agent next year, and even if the Chargers don't re-sign him, he needs to use this season to audition for other teams.
ILB Manti Te'o
San Diego's 2013 second-round pick faces a tremendous amount of pressure to succeed right out of the gate in his first NFL season. If Manti Te'o doesn't have a good camp, it will probably make headline news.
As it stands right now, Te'o is a shoe-in at starting inside linebacker next to Donald Butler, but that doesn't mean he can take his foot off the gas during camp.
Te'o's performance at camp will make or break him because the media's watchful eyes will be on the linebacker from the get-go.
S Brandon Taylor
Brandon Taylor suffered a major setback in his quest to win a starting position with the Chargers after he tore his ACL toward the end of last season. Now, he faces the added challenge of recovering from his injury and beating out the other competition at strong safety.
Taylor will likely compete with Marcus Gilchrist, Darrell Stuckey and undrafted free agent Jahleel Addae in camp.
Taylor's performance at training camp will make or break him because a starting job is on the line.