High expectations were surrounding Forrest Lamp when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017. Fast forward to 2019 and fans are still waiting for him to contribute.
Life in the NFL has not been ideal for Lamp. Drafted in the second round of 2017, there were high expectations for Lamp as the Chargers’ brass felt he would be an instant impact player for the offensive line. However, Lamp suffered a major set back when he tore his ACL, missing all of his 2017 campaign.
2018 was also not kind to Lamp as he struggled to see the field due to the same ACL injury. Lamp missed all of the team’s activities and did not return to the team until midway through the team’s training camp.
According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN, Lamp was not fully recovered from his ACL injury until midway through the season. This led to Lamp recording just 17 snaps last year, failing to make an impact on the Chargers’ offensive line.
Head coach Anthony Lynn believed that keeping continuity was important for the offensive line as the majority of the group had been together since offseason activities began.
With the 2019 season beginning to take shape, Lamp has appeared to be fully recovered from his ACL injury from 2017 as he was working with the second string offensive line at right guard during the team’s offseason program back in April.
Due to tackle Trey Pipkins being the Chargers’ only addition to the offensive line, one would assume that the Chargers coaching staff still has faith in Lamp to compete for the starting right guard or possibly right tackle position.
Only time will tell, but Chargers fans can only hope that Lamp realizes his potential and is an impact starter in 2019.