Gut Reaction: Chargers respond to loss of Vasquez by signing Dunlap

San Diego has countered Denver's signing of Louis Vasquez with an offensive line signing of their own - former Eagles tackle King Dunlap. Since I watched very little of the Eagles this past season, I did a quick and dirty check of PFF's ratings on each player. Here's what I found:

Vasquez was on the field for 1,057 snaps in 2012. His combined rating was +12.8. That includes a +8.6 rating on his pass blocking, and a -2.0 on his run blocking. He was charged with two sacks and 22 total pressures, but did not commit a single penalty.

Dunlap, on the other hand, played 838 snaps in 2012. He had an overall rating of +6.6, a pass blocking rating of +11.5 (which should help Philip Rivers sleep better at night) and a run blocking rating of -3.4, but he committed nine penalties, of which seven were accepted; he also gave up five sacks and 27 hurries. While Vasquez has played exclusively at right guard, Dunlap has played at multiple positions and may be asked to do the same in the upcoming season - the Bolts still have big holes in their line.

I’d expect the Bolts to take one of the three elite-ranked tackles in the draft - Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, or Lane Johnson - and that draftee plus Dunlap should man the tackles. Right tackle Jeromey Clary is awful, and has been for years. Mike McCoy’s watched Denver take the SD tackles apart from close up - he knows how important that is, whether you let Dunlap take LT - where he hasn’t historically been brilliant - or use him at RT. They should improve somewhat either way. If they do move Dunlap to guard and leave Clary at RT, so much the better for Denver.

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