The penultimate week of Hard Knocks brings the LA Chargers closer to final roster cuts.
The LA Chargers‘ season of Hard Knocks has been surrounded by quite a lot of other moving pieces. The Rams being on the show has obviously contributed to the feeling of split time, but societal issues have found their way into the show as well.
Coronavirus was always going to make a pronounced impact on the way training camp was handled. Now, the police killing of Jacob Blake made it’s presence felt on the show. The country was already in a state of civil unrest back in June after the death of George Floyd.
Last week, the Chargers canceled their scrimmage in favor of using the NFL Network’s platform to speak up against police brutality. We saw exactly how that played out on Hard Knocks this week. First, let’s get into some of the stuff leading up to that:
1. Breiden Fehoko breaks it down with the Haka
Other than Darius Bradwell, not many undrafted free agents for the Chargers have gotten the spotlight. That changed this week with the cameras rolling on LSU’s Breiden Fehoko. The Polynesian sensation worked on his moves and drills in his quest to make the roster. Linval Joseph helped him out on practicing some new techniques to help him hold leverage in the NFL.
The quest for Fehoko, as for all undrafted free agents, is to “show up on tape”. It seems like he’s doing that as he makes an impact on camp. An impression seems to have been made on some of the veterans too. Melvin Ingram and Damion Square noticed the impact he was having, as well as his strength and confidence.
Fehoko’s moment where he lit up the screen was the Haka dance though. Desmond King and the whole Chargers’ team were having fun with him as they ended practice. His energy was just infectious:
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 2, 2020
Anthony Lynn said that Fehoko “made the team” after that sequence. While it’s clear that Lynn was joking, there’s probably a positive boost towards Fehoko’s chances of making the team with his impact on the team both in practice and outside of it. At the very least, his chances of being a practice squad keeper went up.