Jeromey Clary came into the fold for San Diego as a sixth-round draft pick in 2006. A season on the practice squad later he found himself in the unique position of filling in for ineffective RT Shane Olivea in the 2007 season.
Unsurprisingly, Clary's play on the line signified an improvement for San Diego's rushing and pass blocking. He has since solidified himself as the starter at RT.
On his best days, Clary is a Pro Bowler who looks like he belongs on the same line with Dielman, McNeill, and Hardwick. On his worst days, he justifies the fact that he is the only regular San Diego offensive line starter who has not been nominated to the Pro Bowl.
Pros: Good footwork and vision allows him to be effective against stronger, faster opponents. Good arm reach gives him space to maneuver against defensive linemen, keeping them at a distance, making him a solid run and pass blocker.
Cons: Lapses in judgment and mental mistakes see him lose focus of game situations, slow to adjust against troublesome opponents, can be beaten off line by faster opponents leading to sacks, is regularly pegged as "weak link" on the line and paired up against opposition's best defensive lineman.
Season Outlook: A.J. Smith re-signed Clary to a one-year contract for the third consecutive year in March of this year. The fact that A.J. Smith fails to commit long-term to Clary speaks volumes about his confidence in him, and could mean that the Chargers are simply waiting for something better to come along. Until then, he's the starter at right tackle.