LA Chargers: Tom Telesco, Anthony Lynn speak at scouting combine
By Travis Wakeman
As representatives for all 32 NFL teams have come to Indianapolis for the annual scouting combine, LA Chargers general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn addressed the media. Below are some highlights.
In speaking to reporters, Telesco was immediately asked the question that all fans are asking and that is in regard to what the team plans to do at the quarterback position now that Philip Rivers is no longer with the team.
Telesco stated in his next quarterback, he is looking for many of the same qualities that Rivers possessed. He then went on to say that he is completely confident in Tyrod Taylor, who has every chance to be the team’s starting quarterback next season.
Telesco was then asked about Tom Brady, but decided not to comment on that.
The Chargers currently don’t have a quarterbacks coach on the staff but Telesco said he doesn’t expect to add one.
In regards to Hunter Henry, Telesco stated that he wants to retain the tight end and stated that placing the franchise tag on him is an option.
He also stated that he expects to place a tender on running back Austin Ekeler and wants to see him have a large role with the team next season.
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In his session with reporters, Anthony Lynn says he likes Ekeler as a tandem back, indicating that the team may be looking to keep Melvin Gordon or find another back to complement Ekeler. He had many good things to say about Justin Jackson.
Asked about a mobile quarterback, Lynn says his quarterback doesn’t have to be mobile, he just wants him to be a winner. Lynn stated that the guy in New England won a lot of games and he isn’t very mobile. Naturally, that got reporters to ask Lynn about Brady and he said that all options are going to be considered.
Lynn expressed confidence in last year’s first-round pick, Jerry Tillery, stating that he feels he’ll have a big bounce-back year in 2020 but didn’t seem to have the same confidence in Scott Quessenberry.
Both Telesco and Lynn were asked about center Mike Pouncey, who has not yet been cleared to return to the field. Lynn noted that Dan Feeney is a really good center, in the case that Pouncey can’t return.