San Diego Chargers left tackle D.J. Fluker is having the type of season that you'd expect from a rookie. Promising performances mixed with a few struggles; despite the desperate need from everyone that first-round rookies should play at Pro Bowl levels, it takes time for these players to adjust into the sport's top competition.
Fluker, who started the season at right tackle but slid over to the left after King Dunlap's injury, suffered a "scary-looking injury" during a PAT against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday.
According to Jason La Canfora, Fluker is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals.
Finally some good news for Chargers OL health - 1st round pick DJ Fluker is just sore and should be good for Sunday vs. Bengals.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 25, 2013
According to Pro Football Focus, Fluker has only allowed three quarterback sacks, seven hits on the quarterback but 24 total pressures. For comparison, Andre Smith has allowed six sacks and 24 pressures whereas Andrew Whitworth has allowed four sacks and 11 pressures.
Defensive end Michael Johnson will line up primarily against Fluker. Prior to the bye week, Johnson recorded a quarterback sack and five pressures against Browns left tackle Joe Thomas.
Some of you may remember Fluker became one of our predraft favorites this year (before Andre Smith signed a contract) when asked what he tells defensive lineman.
"Seriously, I'm fixin' to come take your lunch money," he said last March.