The end is near. The end of the preseason, that is.
Soon, we can all start gearing up for the regular season and games that matter, starting with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. But first, there’s a stop at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara that the team must make first.
On the other side will be the San Francisco 49ers, but the competition in this game comes from within, more than it does with the opponent. That’s because a host of Chargers will be hoping to show enough to the coaching staff that gets their name added to the 53-man roster. If that doesn’t happen, perhaps a spot on the practice squad can be obtained? And if that doesn’t work, it’s time to find a new team.
As a result, there will be pressure on several guys to step up in this game.
Caleb Sturgis signed a two-year contract with the team this offseason, but if he misses one kick, his time in L.A. may span just a handful of months.
Justin Jackson ran for over 5,400 yards at Northwestern but has zero yards rushing this preseason and if he doesn’t rack up some yardage and show good vision, cutting ability and perhaps even catch a few balls, he could be on the waiver wire.
Cardale Jones has been outclassed in every way by Geno Smith and that should make most everyone frown, but if his future isn’t with the Chargers, maybe he can show another team that there is a future. If not, he may have to join former Chargers quarterback Mike Bercovici in another league.
Maybe there’s a player we haven’t talked about much lately that turns heads in this game? A guy like Patrick Afriye or Brandon Facyson could use a big play or two as they push to stick around.
In other words, there will be plenty to watch in this game. Join us for a discussion about this game and the team in the comment section below.