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Chargers versus Cardinals: Who to watch this Thursday

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch for a touchdown in front of cornerback Bene' Benwikere #23 of the Arizona Cardinals to trail 10-7 in the second quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch for a touchdown in front of cornerback Bene' Benwikere #23 of the Arizona Cardinals to trail 10-7 in the second quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Sam Tevi #69 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Sam Tevi #69 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers offensive line

The two biggest story lines surrounding the Chargers are both related to offense: The tackle position(s), and running back. Let’s start with the former.

There isn’t a single Chargers fan who believes the offensive line from last year is strong enough to carry the team to a championship in 2019. With Forrest Lamp competing with Dan Feeney for the starting left guard spot, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in the first preseason game. Even if Lamp is relegated to the second-string offense, it may follow that he’ll get the start in the second preseason game. Through training camp thus far, Lamp has stood out, and looked strong against the defensive line of the Rams in practice aside from one apparent miscommunication. He’s been the main point of conversation for fans ever since 2017, and now he gets a chance to finally step into the spot he was drafted to take.

Lamp has been a good story thus far; the tackles who flank him, however, have started on shaky ground. Russell Okung is dealing with the effects of a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots, and is unlikely to be ready for the first week of the regular season. In his absence, Sam Tevi and Trent Scott have taken reps at left tackle, though each has swapped sides throughout training camp to man both sides. Neither looks to be the Pro-Bowl tackle Okung was, raising much concern in fans who feel there were (and are) opportunities to upgrade the position via the draft or free agency.

This week will be an opportunity for the tackles to get some game action against a defense that isn’t exactly on the same level of a Ravens or Patriots team. Fans are rooting for them to do well, and strong play in the preseason could calm some nerves. Or, if they play terribly, maybe Tom Telesco will consider trading for a certain player who has no desire to play for his current team.

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