The San Diego Chargers will decline the fifth-year option for offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, meaning he will become a free agent. Fluker is a former first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft who carried significant pedigree playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Even for offensive line standards, Fluker is known for his monstrous physical frame being listed at 6-foot-4, 340 pounds.
Fluker was taken 11th in the draft. The Giants took Justin Pugh 19th that same year.
However, his size may have limited him on the outside as speed rushers gave him fits. The Chargers moved him to right guard, where he found a little bit more success in pass protection. But according to Pro Football Focus, his run blocking was better as an offensive tackle. “Fluker has played both right tackle and right guard for the Chargers, surrendering an average of 3.2 total QB pressures per game at tackle and 2.5 per game at guard. His run blocking was better outside, however.”
As a whole, his overall grades were fairly mediocre.
Guard D.J. Fluker has allowed at least one QB pressure in 57 of his 61 career NFL games. Reportedly being released by Chargers. pic.twitter.com/sbuUXn3VWH— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 7, 2017
A report from ESPN indicates the Giants are expected to at least kick the tires on Fluker.
Potential teams to watch in the OL D.J. Fluker market: #Saints #Lions #Seahawks #Colts #Vikings #Giants, #ARZ, #ATL based on a recent call.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 7, 2017
Perhaps a change of scenery will do Fluker some good. The Giants have some work to do on their offensive line and with a lackluster draft for linemen, does D.J. Fluker have a place in New York? Give us your thoughts, Giants fans.