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Five non-starters to watch at Chargers training camp

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Dylan Cantrell #14 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cannot stay inbounds to complete the catch during the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 5, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Dylan Cantrell #14 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cannot stay inbounds to complete the catch during the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 5, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
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IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes grabs the ankle of quarterback Easton Stick #12 of the North Dakota State Bisons in the second quarter, on September 17, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes grabs the ankle of quarterback Easton Stick #12 of the North Dakota State Bisons in the second quarter, on September 17, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Chargers to watch: Easton Stick, quarterback

It’s not often the Chargers draft a quarterback, with the last one being Brad Sorensen back in 2013. No one expects Easton Stick to overtake Tyrod Taylor, let alone Philip Rivers, during training camp. Nevertheless, he’s a high-caliber athlete with intriguing tools who is good at the most important thing: Winning.

Fans could see the beginnings of a new wrinkle in the offense during training camp, as Stick (Taylor as well) could add a rushing dynamic at the quarterback position that has been missing for a decade and a half.

Chargers to watch: Drue Tranquill, linebacker

When watching Jerry Tillery’s dominant performance against Stanford, one could get caught looking at another player flying around the field instead: Drue Tranquill. It’s hard to miss him, as in the first half he has everything from a pass defended to a smashing hit. Both of those plays come as a result of great play recognition and body control, the former forcing him to cover the tight end.

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It’s easy to envision Tranquill making similar plays throughout training camp, earning himself playing time on third down so Denzel Perryman can play fresh in run support. With the Chargers reportedly moving Tranquill at both MIKE and WILL, there’s an opportunity for the versatile and athletic linebacker to do more than just special teams this season. One thing is for sure: Tranquill will likely be the biggest preseason standout on defense for the Chargers.

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