The LA Chargers have had a fantastic training camp.
LA Chargers training camp looks much different this year than previous years in so many different ways. The elephant in the room is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has completely eliminated preseason games and has created an added emphasis on practice.
However, that is not the only way that this training camp is different. It is quite remarkable, actually, how unique this training camp really is for the Chargers.
First of all, this is the first training camp in 17 years to not feature Philip Rivers in some capacity. The greatest quarterback in franchise history is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts and the Chargers have an interesting veteran-rookie dynamic with Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert.
This is also the first season that the Chargers are preparing to play in SoFi Stadium, which marks a historic new chapter for the team.
Finally, we are getting to see all of this documented on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”. While the show is pulling in historically low viewership numbers, Charger fans are still enjoying seeing the curtain pulled back from their team, something that has never been done for the Bolts.
And even with all of this change, the LA Chargers still have one of the best operating training camps this season.
The LA Chargers’ training camp ranks in the top 10 in the league
Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports ranked all 32 NFL training camps this season based on how the teams are fairing on the field, off the field and “everything in between”.
The LA Chargers ranked 10th, which is a really promising sign. This might not mean much on the surface but Benjamin explained that contenders were more likely to be at the top of the list solely because of their standing in the league and their likelihood of success in 2020.
Benjamin praised Tyrod Taylor, who has looked good in camp thus far, Austin Ekeler and the defense, which has equal levels of swagger and talent. Benjamin goes as far as to call the Chargers a “underrated contender”.
The rest of the AFC West did fairly well also. The Kansas City Chiefs ranked seventh, the Las Vegas Raiders ranked 12th and the Denver Broncos ranked 17th.
Of course, this one ranking does not mean the Chargers are going to have an insane season. However, the teams that are going to be the most successful this season are going to be the teams that tackle the COVID-19 situation the best.
The LA Chargers are setting the tone early with a great training camp both on and off the field and that should be an extremely positive sign for Charger fans.