San Diego Chargers: Things to watch in training camp
Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a touchdown pass during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t care that the football season is forever away right now. I just don’t care. I can’t help but thing about training camp and the regular season. I can’t help but think about all the question marks on the roster and all the things I will be looking forward to.
Here is a quick list of things that I am looking forward to seeing during the training camp. There are a number of questions I will need answered:
How will he look on the field? Will he play tentative or will he get out there and ball out like we know that he can. We will also have to wonder how long he will last during the year. He has never been the most durable player and now he is coming back from a major injury.
Floyd would be a huge upgrade for the offense if he is able to stay on the field. We just need him to stay healthy and I am sure that the coaching staff is looking to get him in a rotation so that they don’t wear him down during the year.
Kick Return Game
There is no stand out for this role on the roster. That is a good thing and a bad thing. There is nobody on the roster that stands out from the rest of the guys, but there will be some good competition for that spot during training camp and during the preseason.
We need some help big time in the role. It would be nice to start some drives past the 20 yard line from time to time.
We tried to bring in help here during the offseason. We brought in Cordarro Law and we brought in Jeremiah Attaochu. Dwight Freeney will be returning from injury and the team will have Melvin Ingram back for a whole season. How will the team rotate all these players into the lineup? The young guys have to get their reps. Freeney needs to get in the mix as well. He is the only proven pass rusher on the roster.
I can’t wait to see this kid on the field and how he will react to the receivers in the NFL. He will get plenty of practice against tall receivers with Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd on the roster. They will meet a lot in the practice field and I am sure Philip Rivers will do his best to pick on him during those practices. It is all part of getting the kid up to speed. I want to see the little man succeed against these monster receivers.
Offense under Frank Reich
We have a new offensive coordinator for the offense this season and he will put his own spin on the offense. I will be interested to see what that spin is. Will he be looking to bring more no huddle to the offense and will he incorporate a play action pass from time to time? More no huddle in the offense definitely could be coming. Reich ran that type offense in Buffalo with Jim Kelly and could look to run that offense with Philip Rivers here. Rivers has the skills to be successful in that type of setting. I think it would give the team more punch on offense.