LA Chargers training camp is just around the corner and there will be some important roster battles.
Training camp is a bit different this year than past years due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There will be no preseason games played at all and for once, the LA Chargers are going to be featured as one of two teams on this year’s season of “Hard Knocks”.
Charger fans are going to get plenty of takeaways from seeing their team on weekly television and will get a peek into the curtain in how the position battles are playing out in training camp. With no preseason games, practices is all we have to go off of in analyzing who may outright win jobs in 2020.
With training camp just around the corner, we decided to highlight the most important position battles that the Chargers are going to have in training camp this season, brought to you in order of importance.
And no, you will not see Justin Herbert/Tyrod Taylor as a position battle on this list. I think it is pretty clear that Taylor will be starting in 2020.
LA Chargers’ important position battles of training camp: 5. Free safety
Nasir Adderley vs. Rayshawn Jenkins
Rayshawn Jenkins started all 16 games at safety for the LA Chargers last season as the team was battling injury and did much better than anyone might have expected. Jenkins more than held his own in Gus Bradley’s defense and is now one of the more exciting players on the defensive side of the football.
On the other hand, one of those injured players was Nasir Adderley, a very exciting ball-hawking safety that the Chargers selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Bolts did not pick Adderley to be a depth secondary piece, they picked him to eventually be the starter.
Now the team has a decision on its hands that will be played out over training camp. Do they stick with Jenkins, who did everything the team could have asked for last season and earned the right to lose the job this year?
Or do they go with Adderley, the young asset with a higher overall ceiling than Jenkins that does not have much NFL experience?
Either way, the team is going to get a talented option and the other player will be involved in different schemes and rotations, hence why it is only number five in importance.