Los Angeles Chargers: Going Inside Bolts Training Camp

The Los Angeles Chargers were one of the best teams in the NFL last season with a 12-4 record, but they were a wild card team in the AFC because the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West. Los Angeles won in the AFC Wild Card Round against the Baltimore Ravens, but they then got crushed against the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round.

The Chargers will be one of the most talented teams in the NFL once again this season. Anthony Lynn will be entering his third season as head coach of this football team. This could be their last chance to potentially win a Super Bowl in the Philip Rivers era.

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He is 37 years old and is entering the final year of his contract. Rivers will be the starting quarterback for this football team.

Tyrod Taylor will be the backup. Cardale Jones and rookie Easton Stick will compete for the third quarterback spot on the roster. Stick is from North Dakota State. He went to the same college as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Running back Melvin Gordon is holding out to start training camp. It will be interesting to see whether he reports or not at some point. If Gordon doesn’t, Austin Ekeler will be the starting running back. Justin Jackson will be the second running back and Detrez Newsome will be the third running back. The fourth running back spot will either go to Troymaine Pope or rookie Derrick Gore.

A lot of super bowl winning teams have used a running back by committee system and it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for this football team.

Derek Watt and rookie Jeremy Cox will compete for the starting fullback job.

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will be the starting wide receivers. Travis Benjamin will be the third wide receiver on this team. Dylan Cantrell, Geremy Davis, Artavis Scott, Andre Patton, Justice Liggins, and rookies Fred Trevillion and Jason Moore will compete for the final three receiving spots on the roster.

Hunter Henry will be the starting tight end. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL. Henry will be a huge part of this offense. Antonio Gates had to play last season because of Hunter Henry’s injury.

The Chargers have one of the most underrated offensive lines in the NFL.

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Russell Okung will be the starting left tackle, Dan Feeney will be the starting left guard, Mike Pouncey will be the starting center, Michael Schofield will be the starting right guard, and Sam Tevi will be the starting right tackle.

Rookie Trey Pipkins will be one of the key backup offensive linemen on this roster because of his versatility. Scott Quessenberry, Spencer Drango, and Forrest Lamp will be some other key backup offensive lineman as well. Brant Weiss, Cole Toner, Trent Scott, and rookies Chris Brown, Tanner Volson, and Blake Camper will look to make a name for themselves during training camp on the offensive line.

Los Angeles plays a 4-3 defensive scheme. They are very talented on the defensive side of the ball.

Joey Bosa and Levin Ingram will be the starting defensive ends. Brandon Mebane and rookie Jerry Tillery will be the starting defensive tackles. Isaac Rochell, TY McGill, Justin Jones, and Anthony Lanier will be the backups on the defensive line. Pat Afriyie, Damion Square, and rookies Cortez Broughton, Eurndraus Bryant, Reggie Howard, and Chris Peace will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.

Jatavis Brown, Denzel Perryman, and Thomas Davis will be the starting linebackers. Brown is currently on the PUP list, but he is expected to be taken off of it in time for Week 1. Davis played with the Carolina Panthers last season.

Kyzir White will be the starter for Brown if he isn’t ready for Week 1. Nick Dzubnar and Uchenna Nwosu will be the other backup linebackers.

Tre’Von Johnson, Kyle Wilson, and rookies Emeke Egbule, Drue Tranquill, Elijah Zeise, and Josh Corcoran will look to make for themselves at the linebacker position during training camp.

Casey Heyward and Trevor Williams will be the starting cornerbacks on the roster. Desmond King will be the third cornerback on the roster. Michael Davis, Jeff Richards, and Brandon Facyson will compete for the final two spots on the roster. Arrion Springs and rookies Kemon Hall, Bradford Lemmons, and Rodney Randle Jr. will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.

Other than Derwin James, there will be a battle for the other starting safety spot. Adrian Phillips, Rayshawn Jenkins, and rookies Adarius Pickett, Nasir Adderley, and Roderic Teamer Jr. will compete for a couple of roster spots. Phillips is very good, but they drafted Adderley from the University of Delaware in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Rookie Tyler Newsome and Ty Long will compete for the starting punter job. Michael Badgley will be the starting kicker. Mike Windt and Cole Mazza will compete for the starting long snapper job.

Desmond King will be the primary kickoff and punt returner. Travis Benjamin will also see some action at punt return and Austin Ekeler will also see some action at kickoff return.

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The Los Angeles Chargers already began training camp on Thursday, July 25. Some people might pick them to win the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history this upcoming season. They have the pieces to do it, but the question is will the Kansas City Chiefs be just as good as last year and are the New England Patriots still the same football team?

If that is the case, Los Angeles will have another year of disappointment. They will begin preseason play on the road on Thursday, August 8 against the Arizona Cardinals. Finally, the Los Angeles Chargers will begin the season at home on Sunday, September 8 against the Indianapolis Colts. Even though it is only a Week 1 game, it could have major playoff implications later on in the season.

How do you see the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019? Leave a comment below.

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