Tolbert's Special Teams Play Will be What is Most Missed by Chargers

I find these comments by Chargers coach Norv Turner most telling on what RB Mike Tolbert brings to the Panthers besides another goal line runner:

San Diego coach Norv Turner said Tolbert, who was with the Chargers for four seasons, is a versatile running back who blocks well and can catch passes out of the backfield. But Turner said Tolbert's special teams contributions "will be the biggest thing we have to do in terms of replacing him."

"He brought great energy and he's a very good coverage player in the kicking game," added Turner at a media breakfast this morning at the NFL owners meetings at the Breakers Resort.

So though many of us here at CSR (me included) have speculated that Tolbert's signing was an indicator of Jonathan Stewart's future with the Panthers it could simply be a case where the fit was perfect. The Panthers have focused on upgraded special teams via free agency and he fits that role, and several others as well, perfectly.

The same can be said about the Haruki Nakamura signing and the future of FS Sherrod Martin. Here's Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Nakamura:

"I thought it was really smart for Carolina to bring him in and sign him because at worst, you've got yourself a really good backup and a really good special teams player. And at best you might have yourself a legitimate starter," Harbaugh said.

"Haruki's a great guy, a hard worker, tremendous leader. I think the fans will love him."

I think you can lump the Jyles Tucker and Ken Onatolu. So let's not set our expectations too high and expect to see Martin on the bench or Stewart traded out the door. Hell, just a nice upgrade to our kick return and coverage games is to be expected out of the gate. Anything beyond that it just gravy.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker