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LA Chargers: Five takeaways from the Hard Knocks finale

Alexander Insdorf
Derwin James of the LA Chargers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
Derwin James of the LA Chargers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The season finale of Hard Knocks: Los Angeles had huge moments and implications for the LA Chargers’ 2020 season.

This week on Hard Knocks was always going to be tough. Final roster cuts happen in the last episode of each season. LA Chargers fans knew what to expect with players like Darius Bradwell and Breiden Fehoko, but seeing the process play out was still interesting.

Of course, this episode of Hard Knocks would also focus on the Chargers’ first and final training camp scrimmage. At the center of that was the injury to star safety Derwin James. Seeing the news break on social media was hard enough, but the Hard Knocks cameras rolling made it feel more brutal. Let’s get into episode five:

1. First man in, last man out mentality for Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor’s sequence in this episode was relatively small compared to some of the larger storylines, but it was still fun to see the starting quarterback give it his all. In the Sunday scrimmage, Taylor threw a beautiful pass to Justin Jackson with the pressure closing in on him.

Afterward, Taylor shows up to the Chargers’ facility pretty late at night to get in a good workout and watch some film. In his short interview after this sequence, he talks about being able to “control what you can control”.

In that quote, he was referring to really everything surrounding his NFL career so far. His NFL journey that has gone through Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, and now Los Angeles has seen him in a variety of situations.

Specifically when it comes to this offseason for the Chargers, “control what you can control” could also be referring to the pandemic, social justice initiatives, and the selection of Justin Herbert in the draft.

Taylor will get his first start as a Charger in Cincinnati in just three days. Personally, there is no way he could have possibly pleased me more as a fan than he already has with his character, intensity, and leadership to this point. It’s very evident that the organization is more than satisfied with him as well.