It’s been an interesting start to the 2016 Chargers training camp. Third overall draft pick Joey Bosa has yet to sign his rookie contract with the Chargers. Training camp is essential to get rookies acclimated to the speed of the game, learn the scheme, build relationships and chemistry and finally get their bodies into shape and conditioned.
Head coach Mike McCoy knows how important training camp is especially for rookies, and seems to be displeased with the contract stalemate.
“He definitely needs to be out here as a rookie. But no update on the status,” McCoy told reporters on Saturday.
At this point it seems as if there are no developments on the stalemate, and no deadline as to when Bosa might sign, however prior to day two of training camp, the organization kept it business as usual, making four transactions.
The Chargers signed cornerback Carrington Byndom, and defensive tackle Bruce Gaston. To make room, the organization waived cornerback Terrell Chestnut and injured defensive tackle Carlos Wray.
Byndom is welcomed back after he spent some time on the Chargers practice squad last season. Standing at 6-0, 180-pounds, Byndom is a decent sized cornerback who appeared in five games for the Carolina Panthers in 2014. The Texas product was undrafted in the 2014 draft, and has also spent time on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.
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The Longhorn alum played in 51 games, starting 39 of them, and amassed 189 total tackles, 143 solo tackles, two sacks, five interceptions (two touchdowns), 29 pass break-ups, and four forced fumbles during his college career.
Standing at 6-2, 310-pounds, Bruce Gaston has spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and the Chicago Bears after going undrafted in the 2014 draft. Between the Chicago Bears, and Green Bay Packers he has appeared in 9 games, amassing 12 total tackles, nine solo tackles, and one sack.
Gaston played at Purdue, where he played in 50 games, starting 44 of them, and amassed 132 total tackles, 74 solo tackles, 24 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and two pass break-ups.