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LA Chargers: Five takeaways from the Hard Knocks finale

Alexander Insdorf
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3. Darius Bradwell released, but signed to the practice squad.

Darius Bradwell didn’t get as much attention in this season of Hard Knocks as some of the Rams’ undrafted free agents, but he was still desperately trying to make the team. The former Tulane running back caught a lot of flack earlier in the five-episode run for coming into training camp about 20 pounds overweight.

Strength and conditioning coach John Lott praised Bradwell cutting down 16 pounds while still being holed up in the rookie hotel. Unfortunately for Bradwell, it looks like the nickname “big boy” stuck with the Chargers’ staff.

Later on, Bradwell enters Tom Telesco‘s office to learn of his fate on the 53 man roster. Telesco tells him that they don’t have a spot on the roster for him, but would love to see him back on the practice squad. Telesco specifically praises the work he put in during camp after having a rough start.

My favorite part of the episode had to be Bradwell’s meeting with Lynn. Specifically, Bradwell asks Lynn what he can do to be a better running back in the league. Being a professional in training was the first piece of advice from the Chargers’ coach.

While Lynn clearly likes Bradwell’s ability and personality, it’s clear that he was DOA on making the roster due to his competition and the position he put himself in with his weight.

Lynn also told him to work on his running style and use his size to his advantage. Comparing him to cars, he tells Bradwell that he isn’t a Ferrari, but rather an F-150. He should run downhill and power through instead of trying to make a lot of fancy cuts.

The coaching staff tries to motivate Bradwell which I like, but it’s a bit misleading to say he failed in making the team. Sure, he showed up out of shape, but the reality was that he was never making the team with Austin Ekeler, Jackson, and Joshua Kelley ahead of him. The practice squad is a good place for big boy Bradwell to start and develop.

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