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D.J. Fluker played well against the Seahawks.
The University of Alabama offensive lineman started the game and was in on the 12-play drive that ended with a 28-yard field goal. The offense evenly distributed six run plays and six pass plays during that drive.
Five of the run plays were either behind the right guard and center or behind the right guard and Fluker’s right tackle spot. The single run not on Fluker’s side was Eddie Royal’s 2-yard reverse to the left side.
The five runs behind Fluker netted 27 yards (5.4 yards per rush attempt.)
Fluker was aggressive as a run blocker and created great push with right guard Jeromey Clary on double teams.
But Fluker was supposed to do well in the run game.
People had questions if he could perform well in pass protection against NFL speed rushers.
In the six pass plays, Fluker got beat once. But quarterback Philip Rivers still completed the pass. It looked like head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt used running backs to help chip defenders on Fluker’s side on at least two plays.
But the Chargers left the entire offensive line to fend for itself when the team lined up with an empty backfield and five wide receivers. Fluker was able to handle his defender well.
Again, it is early and he is far from a finished product, but Fluker looked like he could be a valuable asset after his first preseason game.