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5 best training camp battles to watch

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 20: Quarterback Cardale Jones
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 20: Quarterback Cardale Jones
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COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 05: Sean Culkin #80 of the Missouri Tigers runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 05: Sean Culkin #80 of the Missouri Tigers runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tight end

Tight end is probably the first position you thought of when seeing this list. It’s also likely the one that fans are the least bit enthused about due to the options available.

Hunter Henry’s season-ending injury changed things for this team in a big way. The Chargers hoped that the guys behind him on the roster would just play a complementary role, including Virgil Green, who is best used as a blocker.

Instead, at least one of these guys is going to need to step up and help make plays for Rivers on key third downs and plays around the red zone.

Will that player be Braedon Bowman, Sean Culkin, Cole Hunt or Ben Johnson? You’d have to think that each of those four guys are on an equal playing field as camp begins and that is because none of them have done anything at the professional level.

Another undrafted rookie, Austin Roberts, could also be in the mix, but that seems like an extreme long shot.

The other option would be for the team to see what it can get out of Green in the passing game but that would change their strategy as that’s not what he was brought in to do.

But shouldn’t the team just bring back Antonio Gates? Even if he is 38 years old, he’s probably a much more reliable option than any of the guys listed here. You have to wonder why the Chargers are dragging their feet on that.

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