This year the Chargers have some developing talent as well as some incoming undrafted talent that could make the roster after preseason. Here are some names to look out for going into training camp this year.
Kyle Emanuel OLB
If you saw the Lions game last year, this might be cheating as you probably already know who Kyle Emanuel is, but the guy has got talent. The team praised him for looking like a first-round pick with polished skills and a high motor. Expect him to take his game to the next level next year.
Darius Philon DE
Before the Chargers drafted Joey Bosa, I was excited to see Darius Philon as a starter. He came into the league last year still needing development, but showed flashes of good technique. With a year under his belt, Philon will be a great situational defensive linemen and help this Chargers defense get back to where it needs to be.
Tyrell Williams WR
With a speedy Travis Benjamin leaving practice early, it wasn’t Stevie Johnson to step in and take some first team snaps in the 12-personnel formation as the wide receiver opposite of Keenan Allen, it was Tyrell Williams. Williams is a young Malcom Floyd, tall and fast. You might remember Williams making his first catch and touchdown last year against the Denver Broncos for 80 yards. Could Williams push out Johnson for the WR3 spot?
Ryan Carrethers NT
A fifth-round selection by the Chargers in 2014, Ryan Carrethers has shown to be a formidable big body in the middle of the defense. Weighing 20 pounds more than Brandon Mebane at 333 pounds, and 6 years younger, Carrethers will make a solid second-string player on the inside and allow Mebane to take off some plays.
Kenneth Farrow RB
If the team is deciding on keeping a fourth running back, this could be your guy. Three-year captain during his time with the Houston Cougars, Kenneth Farrow can really benefit from having a good training camp and find himself on the teams 53.
Tyler Johnstone OT
There was a time when this guy was seen as a top draft choice. Unfortunately, injury hit his game hard, making his play a lot less explosive. If Tyler Johnstone can show he has some of that explosion back, this will be steal for the Chargers.
Adrian McDonald S
Setting records for career interceptions at his college with 17, Adrian McDonald has a chance to capitalize on the uncertainty at the safety position.
Chris Swain FB
Choo Choo…. it’s the Swain Train! A fullback or a halfback? Both. This guy can be an animal with his ability to run up the gut at opposing defensive lines or get outside. Short yardage threat; watch Swain to be inching towards a position on the 53.
Dominique Williams WR
This guy could catch in college. Williams had 30 career TD receptions that tied him for seventh in Pac-12 history. With a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, Williams can run. If he can polish his routes and use his 6’2″ 200-pound frame to his advantage, he will be a fun player to watch come training camp.
These are some names to look out for that you won’t see making front page news during camp, but still have a chance to make an impact. Who are you excited to see? Let me know.