NFL Training Camps: Los Angeles Chargers Rookie Report

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 26: Mike Williams
CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 26: Mike Williams /

The Los Angeles Chargers were hoping to see some major contributions from their rookie class, but injuries have already sapped a lot of the optimism.

It’s really disappointing to see any player suffer an injury during training camp, but it’s even more upsetting when it’s a rookie. The Los Angeles Chargers find themselves in a tough position after losing Forrest Lamp to a torn ACL and likley Mike Williams to a back injury.

Mike Williams’ situation is still cloudy with there still being a chance he plays at some point this season. However, the Chargers are in a terrible situation with their top two picks from the 2017 NFL Draft dealing with significant injuries.

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The loss of Lamp can’t be understated as he was going to be a major part of the team’s revamped offensive line. Luckily, Los Angeles grabbed Dan Feeney who should be able to land one of the starting guard spots.

Feeney is a hard-nosed player who looks to open running lanes. His addition will make life a little easier for Melvin Gordon.

Another offensive line addition we shouldn’t overlook is Sam Tevi. He’s very raw at the moment, but possesses tons of upside. Tevi has the athleticism needed to develop into a top-flight offensive tackle. He just needs time to improve his footwork and feel for the game.

Defensively, the Chargers beefed up the secondary by picking Rayshawn Jenkins and Desmond King. Jenkins is battling Dwight Lowery for one of the starting safety jobs while King should see action at cornerback.

King is a very versatile defender who could also get some snaps at safety if Lowery and Jenkins struggle.

This is a very strong draft class that has been decimated by injury. However, once Lamp and Williams are healthy they should be able to contribute. Los Angeles just needs  patience with these two.