When it comes to selecting UDFAs Hunter Henry Color Rush Jersey , some teams are able to capitalize on draftable talent that somehow fell through the cracks full of players that may..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBolts From The BlueBolts From The Blue, a Los Angeles Chargers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsChargersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections San Diego Chargers Daily LinksSan Diego Chargers NewsSan Diego Chargers OffseasonSan Diego Chargers HistorySan Diego Chargers HumorFiled under:Latest NewsLos Angeles Chargers NewsChargers Offseason2019 Chargers UDFA Profile: Lamar DB Rodney RandlePDTShareTweetShareShare2019 Chargers UDFA Profile: Lamar DB Rodney RandlePhoto by Thomas B. Shea/Getty ImagesWhen it comes to selecting UDFAs, some teams are able to capitalize on draftable talent that somehow fell through the cracks while some are left throwing darts at a board full of players that may or may not have a redeeming quality or two in hopes of finding that one gem.One way to to try and maximize your return on investment with a UDFA is to find a guy with speed-speed. Like, the uncoachable, God-given wheels that only a few athletes can ever attain.Last year, the Chargers spun the wheels on former Alabama cornerback “Crazy Tony” Brown who was clocked around the low 4.3s during the draft process. This year, the Chargers pinned down a defensive back from Lamar University named Rodney Randle who supposedly ran a 4.28 forty at his pro day. Following the workout, Randle said the Chargers were among the teams showing the most interest. He wasn’t wrong, since the team worked him out just 10 days later.Randle didn’t just impress in the forty, however. His vertical was maxed-out at 41 inches while his broad was just shy of 11 feet with a 10’11 mark. His 4.08 short shuttle time was nothing to scoff at, either. Below, you can see an example of Randle’s explosiveness on the platform as the 5-11 defender power-cleaned 321 pounds, a DB record for the lift.Unlike the usual progression for college athletes, Randle’s best season actually came as a true freshman in 2015. In a reserve role while only playing in nine games, Randle collected 28 total stops, five pass breakups Joe Barksdale Color Rush Jersey , and three interceptions en route to a second team All-Southland Conference selection. He was also a top return guy and took a kickoff to the house.His sophomore campaign took an unexpected dip in production although he managed to earn eight starts among the nine games he participated in. He finished the year with just 19 total tackles, one tackle-for-loss, and a pair of pass breakups.He found a bit of a resurgence in 2017 where he started all 11 games he played in and set a career-high with 55 tackles on the year. He also added a pair of tackles-for-loss, one sack, two pass breakups, with a single interception, forced fumble, and fumble recovery.It was in his final collegiate season that Randle finally put it all together out on the field. In 12 games (all starts), the Texas-native set another career-high with 70 stops, another interception, and a career-best 12 pass breakups. As a return man, he returned 84 kickoffs in his career for 1,802 yards and the lone score. He’s likely kicking himself still, as he finished just ONE return and 18 yards shy of becoming the school’s all-time leader in both categories.If there is a place for Randle on this team, it’s likely as the last defensive back and due in large part to a special teams role. Randle was a standout return man, as well as a gunner on kicks. His chances are fairly slim to make the final 53 but I believe he warrants enough value to be placed on the practice squad. They’ll likely stash more than one defensive back and I’d be quite surprised to see Randle get passed on. Fans of the Chargers are waking up from a six game win streak hangover today. Most are probably wondering where that hot chick that they crashed with last night is and who snuck this ugly lady into their bed.Oh yeah.Sunday felt that bad. The Chargers laid an egg against the Broncos on Sunday. What really stings here is not just that they lost Casey Hayward Color Rush Jersey , but how they lost. The dreams of home field advantage for the playoffs are out the freaking window.The hopes of winning the AFC West are smashed to pieces.It will be a difficult road to the Super Bowl for the Chargers. Here is why they will not make it:Lack of disciplineThis has been a mark of the Chargers for the last decade.They have had plenty of talent but they never seem to get out of their own way. Sunday was no different as the Chargers committed 14 penalties for a total of 120 yards. The most harmful ones came in the first quarter when penalties single-handedly stalled two drives and the Chargers had to settle for field goals.Then there was the end-of-game meltdown. Melvin Gordon ran the wrong way on second and three. If he hadn’t, the Chargers would have run the ball on third down. Even if they didn’t get a first down, they would have run 40 more seconds off the clock.However, one mistake led to another.On third and seven the Broncos sniffed out the screen, and Rivers chucked it into the dirt instead of scrambling or taking a sack, which gave the Broncos 40 seconds of much needed time.You need to focus when it matters most, and the Chargers have lacked this discipline for a long time.Poor special teams playThe season started with a Tyreek Hill punt return for a touchdown.Later that game, the Chargers fumbled a punt that the Chiefs turned into a touchdown.Then Caleb Sturgis took center stage.The Chargers, in what could be considered one of the most bizarre football moves in the last decade, fired their punter. It comes as no big surprise that this didn’t solve the problem. One of the Chargers’ top goals at the end of last season was to fix their kicker problem, but now they have regressed and need to fix their punter problem and their kicker problem.The Chargers did catch a bit of luck on special teams when they moved Desmond King into the punt returner role.However, in true Charger fashion they have mysteriously replaced him with Travis Benjamin who has historically made poor decisions in returning punts. Special teams has been a problem for the Chargers for too long of a time.I know George Stewart is a good friend of Anthony Lynn, but I’d rather Lynn have a friendly beer with him on the weekend than ask him to run the special teams unit.Strange personnel decisionsIf you thought getting rid of Caleb Sturgis would have removed the elephant from the room, you were wrong. Jahleel Addae is the new elephant. You only need to look at two big plays from the Chargers game to see why. On Phillip Lindsay’s 41-yard touchdown scamper, Addae was playing 15+ yards deep and yet he failed to see Lindsay come straight up the middle of the field.He was one-on-one with him with a 15-yard head start and he failed to get within 5 yards of Lindsay. The other play is Keenum’s pass to Sanders on the final drive. After the completion, Addae totally whiffed the tackle Melvin Ingram Color Rush Jersey , which allowed Sanders to pick up an additional 25 yards. This play was similar to the whiff that Addae made in the Titans game on their last drive of the game which allowed Lewis to run for 36 yards.The knock on Addae is he takes bad angles, he misses tackles, he has poor tackling fundamentals, he is always lunging instead of keeping his feet and wrapping someone up, he is poor in coverage and he does not have good speed.Yet for some reason, he still plays 100% of the defensive snaps. I do not see how Adrian Phillips could be any worse.My only guess is that someone is trying to save face because they gave Addae a fat contract.You can also put Travis Benjamin on this list.The team was better when he was inactive.He has been back the last two weeks taking offensive snaps from Mike Williams and punt returning duties from Desmond King.A downgrade at both positions.Poor play callingI am not sure how the wide receiver screen is even on the table when you are facing third down and seven yards.The wide receiver screen is one of those all-or-nothing plays.It’s a gadget. You use it on first down to catch a team off guard.When you need seven yards, you put the ball in the hands of one of your best players, Philip Rivers.You give him protection and time to make a good decision.With Allen, Williams, Williams, Ekeler and Gordon as possible threats it seems that odds would be in the Chargers’ favor to get one of them open and make a completion.The problem with Whisenhunt is that sometimes he tries to trick the other team instead of just lining up and saying, “We are better than you. Here it comes. Try to stop us.”The Chargers were the better team on Sunday but they tricked themselves into a loss. During their six-game winning streak the Chargers might have been able to hide their blemishes, but they showed them on Sunday.The Chargers’ road to the Super Bowl will go through Pittsburgh, Kansas City and New England.It will be a tough task for the Chargers to hide their blemishes under the bright lights of those stadiums.
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