The Los Angeles Chargers have completed their first two training camp practices in Costa Mesa. There have been plenty of happenings that have proven noteworthy thus far.
First things first. The team has signed Erick Wren, an undrafted player out of Oklahoma, to fill the spot left on the roster when Jason Verrett went down with a season-ending injury.
Wren was a walk-on at Oklahoma and played in 29 games for the school, starting in 24. He will begin his career at guard but has plenty of experience at center. Being signed this late in the offseason will make it tough for Wren to find his way on the roster, particularly because Tom Telesco has collected several versatile offensive linemen who can play multiple positions, but a good showing could get him into consideration for a spot on the practice squad.
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LaDainian Tomlinson was in attendance to welcome fans to training camp and last year’s first-round pick, Mike Williams, is taking part in his first training camp practices.
The wide receivers have looked great as a whole but according to Ricky Henne of the team’s official website, Artavis Scott has been especially good. That’s good news for Scott, who is looking to play his way onto the roster.
But of course, there’s some negative news to touch on as well.
Last year’s second-round pick, Forrest Lamp, who missed his entire rookie season due to injury, will open camp on the PUP list. That could signal that the team is just going to ease him into the lineup, but if he’s not ready to go by the time the season starts, he must miss at least the first six games of the season.
Chargers announce that CB Jason Verrett, TE Hunter Henry and OL Forrest Lamp have been placed on the active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start training camp, while S Derwin James and OL Brett Boyko will start out on the active non-football injury (NFI) list.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) July 27, 2018
This year’s first-round pick, Derwin James, is dealing with an injury early in camp as well. Though that injury doesn’t appear to be concerning, it’s tough to convince Chargers fans of that.
Also, undrafted tight end Austin Roberts, a local product who played his college ball at UCLA, will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said undrafted rookie TE Austin Roberts out of UCLA suffered an ACL knee injury in practice on Saturday is done for the year.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) July 29, 2018
That’s a rough start in the injury department, but what else is new? The Chargers have battled through tough injuries before and if the beginnings of this season are any indication, they’ll need to do so again this year.
The Chargers will return to practice at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.