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The Los Angeles Chargers roll the dice with rookie Jamaree Salyer in a left tackle against the Houston Texans

The Los Angeles Chargers roll the dice with rookie Jamaree Salyer in a left tackle against the Houston Texans

The Los Angeles Chargers are counting on one of their lowest-earning players to help them rebound against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Rookie Jamaree Salyer is being asked to protect the blind side of quarterback Justin Herbert in the wake of Pro Bowl left-back Rayshawn Slater (biceps) losing this season.

Chargers initially put Storm Norton into the Slater spot during their lopsided loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. The results were somewhat predictable as Norton was revealed and Herbert was pressured on his part.

In an effort to stop the Chargers slipping in two games, coach Brandon Staley and the staff have a new attack plan, one that comes with their fingers crossed.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Salyer was Georgia’s left-hander in the last two seasons, before being selected in the sixth round by L.A. as the 195th player selected, signing a four-year, $3.8 million contract for 175,000 dollars just being guaranteed.

Instead of slowly bringing it under guard, Salyer will be pushed into a crucial role against Texas (0-1-2). The cargo team hopes that Pro Bowl center Corey Lindsay (knee), who missed the previous game, is on his way to help Salyer with his big task.

Many had Salyer, 22, tied up as a guard in the NFL and included the chargers. But given his body in action in Georgia, where he’s had 20 starts on the left tackle and three on the right tackle, and L.A.’s desperate need to protect the hacker Herbert (ribs), Slayer gets the nod.

“Obviously, I haven’t had a lot of reps there in training camp up to this point,” said Salier, who was part of Georgia’s national championship team last season. ‘But it feels like I’m coming home for me.’

The Chargers’ road to qualifying did not start off smoothly, with injuries contributing to their slippage. Pro Bowl midfielder Joey Bosa (in the groin area) was put on the injured reserve after coming off a Jaguars game, with no timetable for his return.

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Slayer time is Sunday and Staley is sure the baby will be fine.

“For us now, we feel like this is the best option,” Staley said.

Charger options are limited in such a crucial spot. For Salyer, it’s an opportunity that may be higher than his salary, but one that he’s working towards.

“He’s kept ready,” Staley said. He will be ready for his chance. ”

The Charger, a 5.5-point favorite on Sunday, was embarrassed by the Texans last year in a late-season loss, 41-29.

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