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Chargers OG Kenny Wiggins looking to hold off rookies

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: The defense of the San Diego Chargers takes the field en route to their 37-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 1, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: The defense of the San Diego Chargers takes the field en route to their 37-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 1, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers offensive guard Kenny Wiggins has been taking reps with the first-team offense during organized team activities. Will he remain a starter in training camp?

The Chargers drafted three offensive linemen in the 2017 draft. Forrest Lamp, the Chargers’ second-round pick, and Dan Feeney, the Chargers’ third-round pick, are expected to contribute right away.

But what about the guy who’s been on the roster for a while but is completely forgotten about?

That’s Kenny Wiggins, a five-year veteran who’s been taking first-team reps during OTAs–and I’d make a bet that no fan has considered Wiggins to be the Day 1 starter when the seasons rolls along.

Wiggins chatted with Chargers.com’s Ricky Henne and talked about the team’s rookie linemen.

“Obviously they’re good players. They got drafted where they got drafted for a reason.  But I’m not the kind of guy to just roll over and let them take the job.  They’ve got to go through me first.  That’s my mentality… I understand they’ll get every opportunity that I didn’t get as a rookie.  I’m OK with that because I should have played better in college. But right now, this is my spot to lose.

With former starting guards D.J. Fluker and Orlando Franklin no longer on the team, two interior spots are open for grabs. The Chargers actually have depth with Wiggins, Lamp, Feeney, Matt Slauson, Donavon Clark and Max Tuerk, so it’ll be interesting to see what the line is going to look like going forward.

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