It’s bummer time for some Chargers fans: Dan Feeney will be starting at left guard over Forrest Lamp. Is it the right move?
The Chargers have been patient with Forrest Lamp for years now, and it sounds like they’ll be patient a little bit longer before inserting him into the starting lineup.
Personally, though Lamp would likely be the better of the two in the long run, I don’t believe Feeney lost the battle and I don’t think Lamp outright won the battle for left guard. Facing the Seattle Seahawks in the third preseason game, it looked as if both had similar levels of play, albeit at two different positions. Feeney, to his credit, looks much smarter in pass protection this year.
Lamp has made a number of good plays this preseason, but he was far from perfect. Against the Seahawks, every time Feeney would not have a good rep, it felt like Lamp was there right after him making a mistake of his own.
The good news: This battle isn’t quite over.
#Chargers starting offensive line: Trent Scott at LT, Dan Feeney at LG, Mike Pouncey at C, Michael Schofield at RG, Sam Tevi at RT.
Anthony Lynn said Forrest Lamp will still play. Could rotate in at either guard spot.
— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) September 2, 2019
Ready for the prediction? Here it is: Lamp will win the right guard spot as the regular season progresses. Last year, Sam Tevi rotated with Joe Barksdale, and eventually won the starting job. This could be a similar deal for Lamp, who has a chance to enter the game at either spot and win a starting role. So don’t panic just yet because Lamp isn’t fulfilling the role many projected him to have this offseason. Trust that if he is truly good enough he will eventually push his way into the starting front five.