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Chargers won't wait to play rookies Stuckey, Thomas

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By Michael Blunda

The Chargers obviously have huge plans for RB Ryan Mathews, their first-round pick in April's draft, but he's not the only rookie who could see major action in Year One. From what we hear, San Diego feels it may have landed two instant contributors late in SS Darrell Stuckey and NT Cam Thomas.

Stuckey, a fourth-rounder from Kansas, is an aggressive run defender who is quick to the ball and doesn't quit on plays. Considering the inconsistent production the Bolts received from '09 rookie Kevin Ellison, it's possible that Stuckey could secure a sizable role with an impressive training camp.

Meanwhile, GM A.J. Smith traded up in the fifth round to select Thomas, an extremely strong and powerful run plugger who's also athletic. Considering the massive hole the Bolts have in the middle after cutting Jamal Williams, the 6-4, 330-pound North Carolina product is a realistic option to be in the rotation from Day One. Possessing a huge frame and the ability to split double-teams, he's a truer fit for the nose than Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Ian Scott or Antonio Garay.


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