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Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line
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Fluker – A hulking cornerstone of the offensive line, the future is bright for the 2013 first round draft choice who won the hearts of teammates, coaches and fans with his impressive play and passionate personality.
Dunlap – One of the biggest figures in the game, the 6-9, 339-pound Dunlap was one of the best free agent signings of the 2013 offseason. He appeared in and started 11 games, all at left tackle, and was a stabilizing force during the Chargers’ five-game winning streak. Dunlap figures to form a solid bookend tandem at tackle with Fluker.
Harris – The swing tackle was felled by injury in a Week 5 loss to the Oakland Raiders and was forced to the Reserve-Injured list. Originally signed by the Bolts as an undrafted free agent in 2012, he figures to see time at both left and right tackle.
Smith – A four-year veteran out of East Carolina, the 6-5, 310-pounder was signed down the stretch of the 2013 season. He appeared in one game for the Chargers, and for his career has suited up in 14 games with 10 starts.
Wiggins – After spending training camp with the San Francisco 49ers, Wiggins was signed to the Chargers practice squad on Sep. 2. He bounced back and forth between the active roster and practice squad for remainder of the season.
Sirles – Massive 6-6, 310-pound Cornhusker was an Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior a year ago.
Rinehart – General Manager Tom Telesco made it a priority to re-sign key free agents in March, and he did just that by reaching an agreement to bring Rinehart back into the fold. The six year veteran appeared in 11 games with 10 starts. Despite battling an injury midway through the season, he still performed admirably and was a key cog in the offensive line’s success.
Clary – An extremely popular figure within the walls of Chargers Park, Clary kicked inside to guard in 2013 after appearing as a tackle for his entire career. He performed admirably, and coaches and teammates lauded him when he moved to his old right tackle spot for three games when injuries shuffled the deck.
Troutman – After missing the entire 2012 campaign with a pectoral injury, Troutman saw the first action of his career in 2013. In his first true season, the 6-4, 330-pounder appeared in 14 games and started nine of them. Troutman also started in the Divisional Round against the Denver Broncos after Clary suffered an injury.
Watt – The Chargers invested their third round pick on the burly guard out of Notre Dame.
Watts- Watts took advantage of his invite to rookie minicamp, as shortly after it concluded the Bolts signed him to the active roster. The 6-4, 334-pounder dominated at tiny West Texas A&M and looks to continue his momentum come training camp.
Johnson – A 6-4, 295-pound mauler, the Baton Rouge native joins the Bolts following a standout career at New Mexico.
Hardwick – The anchor of the offensive line,
Ohrnberger – Known for keeping it loose in the locker room and for a yeomen like attitude on the field, Ohrnberger proved to be a valuable reserve for the Chargers in 2012. That was never more apparent than in the Bolts Wild Card win over the Cincinnati Bengals when the offense didn’t miss a beat after he came in for an injured Hardwick.Read