Chargers' Fluker almost didn't make it out of Hurricane Katrina's path

Ten years have passed since D.J. Fluker packed in a cramped car and fled New Orleans.Only when the 14-year-old and his family relocated in Biloxi, Miss. did he discover his family home in the Lower Ninth Ward was completely obliterated by Hurricane Katrina.“There was absolutely nothing there," the left tackle told Ricky Henne of Chargers.com. "We had two houses that were connected...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

At guard, Fluker out of his element for Chargers

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- D.J. Fluker was out of his element in the San Diego Chargers' preseason opener. "That was my first try at guard," the third-year player said. "I felt like a rookie for a minute." Fluker's first two seasons had him at right tackle. But with the Chargers signing free-agent tackle Joe Barksdale in the offseason, the team is experimenting with Fluker at right guard...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers offensive line preview

The 2014 San Diego Chargers’ offensive line was a severe weakness for the team. In fact, they were so ineffective that pro football focus rated them as the second worst offensive line in the NFL last season. They failed to produce clear running lanes, got called for too many penalties and failed to protect Phillip Rivers on a consistent basis. Of course, it didn’t help that they...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Chargers shift D.J. Fluker to first-team guard for a day

D.J Fluker made his much-awaited and much-debated guard debut on Thursday.It might only be for a day. The big Chargers tackle slid one spot over on the right side to fill in for Johnnie Troutman, who sat out in practice."It was OK," Fluker told U-T San Diego. "It was a little rough today. It was a little bit faster."Fluker manned the spot in a few minimal-contract drills during last...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Chargers' King Dunlap won't take any more Fluker-to-guard talk

King Dunlap heard the rumblings from pundits and fans. Even his own general manager once suggested his teammate, DJ Fluker, could move inside to guard.The Chargers' big left tackle won't have any of it. He knows exactly where detractors can stick those rumors."The experts say he needs to move to guard," Dunlap told AL.com. "Maybe we can tell the experts they should start doing something...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Chargers named to NFL.com's All-AFC West team

San Diego's offensive line might be getting too much flak these days.After all, both Chargers tackles were talented enough to land on NFL.com's All-AFC West team. Both King Dunlap and DJ Fluker are divisional all-stars, according to NFL Media's Dave Damashek. So are four other Chargers, including tight end Antonio Gates, cornerback Brandon Flowers, safety Eric Weddle, and, surprisingly...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Power Rankings: How Good are the Chargers?

Once a month, TopSportsReport releases an NFL power rankings article.  Our power rankings serve as a way to measure where each NFL team’s talent level is in relation to the others.  We have just released the June edition of our NFL power rankings article. To find out where Devereaux Frazier ranks Philip Rivers, DJ Fluker, Donald Butler and the San Diego Chargers, click the link...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Barksdale could be the Chargers' answer at right guard

The only remaining question mark on San Diego's new look line exists between D.J. Fluker and whoever plays center.Enter Joe Barksdale. The late free agent pickup from St. Louis has been a career right tackle, but could be the ideal candidate to block Philip Rivers' strong side at guard, according to Bolt Beat.The 6-foot-5, 326-pound veteran has the physical stature San Diego has...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Chargers sign a massive OL from a school you've never heard before

You might not have heard of Forrestal Hickman before. But come Chargers training camp this summer, it'll be hard to miss the latest San Diego signee.Hickman is listed at 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, making him Orlando Franklin-sized. It also might make him the largest person in his graduating class at Missouri University of Science and Technology, which boasts 6,500 undergraduates.The...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Chargers' Fluker goes from homeless to graduate, NFL starter

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) D.J. Fluker has quite a tale to share when he talks to young people. The San Diego Chargers right tackle was left temporarily living with his mother and three siblings out of a car when their home in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He attended three high schools, but graduated from Alabama in 3 1/2 years. The 2013 first-round...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers top picks have a blast at Padres game, throw a strike (video)

The San Diego Chargers are taking their talents to Petco this week. On Tuesday night it was D.J. Fluker throwing a filthy curveball for the game’s first pitch. Last night it was the Chargers’ top-3 picks taking center stage. Warming up. https://t.co/1RhcsotioM — San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) June 4, 2015 Top picks, first pitch ✔️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/XCsmrXGo5r ...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers OL D.J. Fluker throws a nasty breaking ball at Padres game (video)

San Diego Chargers offensive lineman D.J. Fluker was at the Padres game Tuesday night to throw out the first pitch. Is it just me, or does this thing have some filthy spin on it? We'll still call it a strike, Fluker. https://t.co/JBohpb2x6N — San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) June 3, 2015 A nice high release, coming right down the middle and then all of the sudden the ball makes...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Right side, left side doesn't matter to Chargers lineman

SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers lineman D.J. Fluker took the podium, but not before taking some advice. ''Hey Fluke,'' Chargers guard Orlando Franklin yelled. ''Give me a shout out.'' The Chargers started their second week of full-squad OTAs on Monday and it was Fluker's turn to address the media. ''I've been working on my foot work, my hand work and being able to finish blocks,'' Fluker...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers sign OT Joe Barksdale

Barksdale was shockingly still available this late in free agency. Barksdale was a 3rd round pick of the Raiders in 2011, but he barely played in his first 2 seasons in the league, playing 282 snaps in 2011-2012 combined. He became a starter in 2013 with the Rams, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 25th ranked offensive tackle in 13 starts. He couldn’t quite match that in 2014...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Chargers Add Another OL; Uncertainty Remains in San Diego

There are growing concerns on whether the San Diego Chargers will remain in San Diego beyond the 2015 season. On a positive note, the Chargers continued to add another piece to their team.They upgraded the offensive line Tuesday by reaching an agreement with offensive tackle Joe Barksdale. The one-year deal is worth the base minimum, with a $350,000 signing bonus and $1 million in...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Rams tackle Joe Barksdale visited with the Chargers

Joe Barksdale has started 29 games the past two seasons.The former Rams' right tackle could start his 30th in San Diego.Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that Barksdale met with the Chargers on Monday. The Rams, Falcons, and Titans have also expressed interest in the 26-year-old.General manager Tom Telesco threw his support behind D.J. Fluker as the team's right tackle. But...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Chargers tackle D.J. Fluker losing weight to improve his speed

The Chargers have a tackle who can drop oncoming defenders like a sack of potatoes.But in order to remain at that position, D.J. Fluker must first drop some weight.The Bolts' big lineman has trimmed down to 345 pounds and is eying even more weight loss, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.That would help stave off rumors that because of his size, he's better suited to guard...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers land Cameron Irving in complete six round mock draft

The NFL Combine has come and gone, the excitement of free agency has passed, and Pro Days are in full swing, all of which means only one thing – it’s time to focus on the 2015 NFL Draft.  But the question is, how will the San Diego Chargers attack the draft?  Will Tom Telesco stick with his recent trend by focusing on a single, perceived need in the first round, or will he...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Positional Needs the Chargers Could Address in Round One

Runningback View image | gettyimages.com With Ryan Mathews out of the picture, this issue becomes more prominent.  It’s hard for me to imagine that the San Diego Chargers would be comfortable heading into 2015 with Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver, and Donald Brown as the options at runningback, especially when they’ve tried to rebuild their running game. The team could...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Chargers & Eagles To Be Among Suitors For Broncos OL Orlando Franklin

Yesterday, Michael Gehlken on the Union-Tribune reported that the Chargers are known to have “serious interest” in Broncos OL Orlando Franklin. According to Gehlken, San Diego has flirted with the idea of moving RT D.J. Fluker inside, and adding Franklin would allow them to do so given that he has played both tackle and guard in recent years. However, there ...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

D.J. Fluker Will Remain at Right Tackle for Chargers

Rumors of D.J. Fluker moving to guard have been put to rest..at least for now. General manager Tom Telesco told reporters Wednesday that Fluker will remain at right tackle.“That's the plan right now,” Telesco said at the NFL Combine. “We think he has the ability to probably play a couple different spots, but right now, the plan is to leave him out there. He was uneven at times...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

PornHub Star Trolls ESPN Analyst, Belichick Prop Bets & D.J. Fluker Vs. Chicken Nuggets

  The Winter X-Games get started tonight so that means it’s time to pop open an energy drink and get bro’d for some snow sports. There’s some SuperPipe action. Some Mono Skier X action. Some snowboarder qualifying and more. Not your thing? You always have January basketball action to fall back on. Ohio State at Northwestern? What about LSU at Tennessee? Maybe Spurs at Bulls...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers: Three New Year's Resolutions for 2015

Following their second consecutive 9-7 season (however, sadly, this year did not culminate in a postseason appearance), the Chargers are poised on the precipice of potential prodigiousness with a few, hopefully minor and easy to achieve, tweaks. Key draft picks coupled with some free-agent signings (such as the recently-acquired WR Austin Pettis from the Rams to add depth to a young...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Injuries piling up in Chargers-Chiefs game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chargers safety Marcus Gilchrist and right tackle D.J. Fluker were escorted to the locker room after sustaining injuries in the first half of Sunday's game in Kansas City. Gilchrist hurt his elbow, though it was unclear what happened to Fluker. Backup safety Jahleel Addae also went to the locker room briefly, but returned to the field. The banged-up Chargers...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Watt, Fluker, Butler starting for Chargers

SAN DIEGO (AP) Center Chris Watt, right tackle D.J. Fluker and inside linebacker Donald Butler were in the starting lineup for the San Diego Chargers against the New England Patriots on Sunday night despite being limited by injuries during the week. Watt had a calf injury, Fluker a concussion and Butler a quad. Inactive for the Chargers are wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, running...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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