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Chargers players with the most to prove in preseason opener

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball against wide receiver Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball against wide receiver Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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BOCA RATON, FL – DECEMBER 20: Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers scores a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Memphis Tigers at FAU Stadium on December 20, 2016, in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL – DECEMBER 20: Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers scores a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Memphis Tigers at FAU Stadium on December 20, 2016, in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Forrest Lamp

Lamp absolutely has something to prove as the first two years of his career have essentially been a total waste. It’s time for him to get on the field and show what he can do, no more standing on the sidelines and watching.

Lamp has shown well in training camp thus far, but to this point in his career, he’s hardly seen the field. The Chargers have plenty of issues along the offensive line right now and Lamp, or the potential he brings, has really become a key to this young season.

If you’re thinking that Lamp will be a spectator for most of the game like the rest of the guys who are guaranteed a roster spot, that would be incorrect. He will reportedly play a lot in this game, as will fellow offensive lineman Trent Scott, who could easily be on this list as well.

So what will there be to look for from Lamp, who will likely line up at one of the guard spots?

How is his run blocking? Does he get any kind of push? How does he handle himself at the point of attack? Is he getting bullied and pushed around? Where is his head at? Does he commit any costly penalties?

Basically, the Chargers want to see what they quite frankly never have out of Lamp. If he doesn’t have a good showing in the preseason opener, that could be a major issue. And right now, this team doesn’t need any more offensive line issues.

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