Jason Spriggs could be an O-line solution for the Chargers
The Chargers are a team in need of an upgrade at the offensive tackle position. Looking around the league there aren’t a whole lot of available options out there. However one player who I feel could be a great fit at a low price would be Jason Spriggs. Spriggs was released by the Green Bay Packers last week. It just so happens that Spriggs was a second round pick for the Packers and a former teammate of Dan Feeney at Indiana. I was very high on Spriggs the year he was drafted and had actually hoped that the Chargers would draft him. While in his senior year at Indiana he was the team’s starting left tackle where he earned first team all American honors. The year prior he helped pave the way for Tevin Coleman to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. He lead his team with 79 pancake blocks and only allowed two sacks in 475 snaps. Oh and should I mention he is still only 25 years of age.
One might ask that if he is so good why he was released. Well if I’m being honest he has under whelmed a bit, however he is still an instant upgrade over either Sam Tevi or Pipkins and possibly even better than Trent Scott who is more of a pass protection specialist. He may benefit from a fresh start. He did grade out at 72.4 pass blocking and 64 run blocking grade so it wasn’t great but it is head and heals better than what Tevi has done. It is also of note that those numbers may be skewed a bit because it doesn’t take into consideration that Aaron Rodgers is more of a mobile quarterback who tends to hold the ball far too long essentially leaving lineman hanging out to dry. I’m not knocking him as a quarterback at all it’s just a fact as that’s his style and it sometimes makes for exciting football. If he came to beautiful southern California not only would he enjoy much better weather he would also enjoy having a quarterback who is a true pocket passer who doesn’t roll out to the left or right very often if hardly ever. I would say Rivers also gets rid of the ball much quicker. All these factors and a fresh start could prove to be exactly what the doctor ordered for Spriggs career. Not only that it would be a great fit for the team itself. Spriggs also put up 31 rep’s on the bench press so strength isn’t the issue like it is with Pipkins. He was a second round pick with a 32 inch verticle and is much more of an athlete with much more upside than Tevi. Scott could fill the void temporarily left by Russell Okung while Spriggs man’s the right tackle spot next to his former college teammate Dan Feeney. Even if or when Okung returns you could easily decide to who the right tackle will be from that point forward based on which of Spriggs or Scott was preforming better. Worst case scenario they have to give themselves more viable options at the tackle positions. Once the team moves Derwin James to the Injured reserve it will create an extra roster spot. Even after James returns you can free up a roster spot by releasing Dzunbar which will save 1.9 million anyway. Spriggs will likely sign for 2-3 million on a one year prove it deal so I ask you, why not? What do they have to lose considering the state of a position? Is this not important to address if you consider the team real super bowl contenders? Bring him in and don’t wait.