Head Coach Anthony Lynn provides updates on some Los Angeles Chargers players and position groups prior to the 2019 NFL Draft…
Eric Williams, the Chargers’ ESPN beat writer, shared Lynn’s comments through a series of tweets. One of them reads as follows:
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn reiterated that Forrest Lamp will get a chance to compete for a starting job at guard, but he wants to develop his versatility as a tackle so he can be active on game days. Lynn said Bolts are good at tackle with Russell Okung and Sam Tevi.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) March 26, 2019
This handles two of the biggest question marks heading into season: What is going to be done at right tackle, and what is done with Forrest Lamp. It appears as though (and take everything with a grain of salt) Lynn is prepared to put Okung and Tevi at starting tackle this season, which would kill their chances of going for an early-round tackle but in no way shape or form should deter them from finding one in the later rounds. I can’t imagine them not finding a tackle at least once in the draft this year. Again, I’ll believe it when I see it, but these comments are worth noting. The team may be giving Tevi every chance to start.
The other revelation comes with Lamp, who appears to have the organization behind him to either find a starting job at guard or at the very least become a reserve tackle that can be active on game day. If true, this is at least positive. It would mean that he’s at the very least healthy, and that the team does have some plan for him moving forward. If Lamp is able to play as the starting guard (beating out Michael Schofield) then he can finally be given a chance to show his worth, something fans have been dying to see for two years now. If not, it appears as if the team is willing to consider him at right tackle, a position he played in college. Lamp, if the same player he was out of Western Kentucky, could upgrade at either position.
More news from Lynn, via Eric Williams:
- Jaylen Watkins and Rayshawn Jenkins would be the competition battle for the free safety position, but Lynn does not rule out the idea of adding another player
- Hunter Henry will be a full-go for voluntary offseason training in April
- Antonio Gates still can return to the team
We’ll see how much weight these comments hold following the draft.