At the halfway point in the Hard Knocks season, the WR3 battle and Melvin Ingram take the spotlight for the LA Chargers.
Hard Knocks ratcheted up in intensity this week when both the LA Chargers and LA Rams were able to start padded practices. Multiple players on the Chargers and Rams went into how relieved they were that the pads were finally able to be put on. As much as players can do in walkthroughs, it just can’t match the real deal.
We also got a glimpse of what a real football game at SoFi Stadium will look like. With just a few weeks to go until the Rams take on the Cowboys, it’s almost time to get this show on the road. The Chargers will then play at SoFi the week after vs. the Chiefs.
1. The LA Chargers’ WR3 battle escalates
Wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan started the episode off with a fiery commentary on the importance of blocking. Straight and to the point, he says that players who don’t show proper blocking technique will not make the team. He also specifically mentioned the battle for third receiver behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.
We also saw Anthony Lynn in his office watching what appeared to be the same blocking film that McGeoghan discussed with the team. He described the receiver blocking that he was watching as horrible.
In the same sequence, we see Jalen Guyton being told by Lynn that blocking is all about attitude and effort. When it comes to the third receiver role, it’s clear that the coaching staff is looking for the most complete player.
Lynn also mentions that blocking is one of the reasons he loves Allen so much. “Feed Keenan Allen. Keenan Blocks,” was his direct quote. I’m excited to see who comes out as the third receiver after the focus on attitude and effort in this episode. Oh, and speaking of Allen…