Chargers who have been positively shocking thus far in the preseason

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2. Troy Reeder

Speaking of thin positions on the Chargers roster, it does not get much thinner than the linebacker position. The depth at linebacker was already disappointing last season and it got even worse when the Chargers decided to not re-sign Kyzir White to a cheap contract this offseason.

Drue Tranquill is fine but is nothing overly special and Kenneth Murray played horribly in his second season. It was clear that the Chargers were banking on Murray improving in year three knowing that if he doesn't it would not matter as much as linebacker is the least important position in Brandon Staley's defense.

The Bolts still went out and signed someone to replace White in Troy Reeder, who Staley coached when he was with the LA Rams. Reeder was not comparable to White and many viewed this as an interesting signing as they could have simply signed White for slightly more.

While Reeder still has to prove a lot more before we can expect him to have the kind of year that White had, his first preseason game with the Bolts was extremely promising. Reeder looked great at inside linebacker in his coverages and diagnosing, showing a skillset that could lead him to get starting snaps at the position.

It will be interesting to see how the Bolts handle the position with Murray still not participating due to offseason ankle surgery and Tranquill having much more value on special teams. But after this first preseason performance, Reeder is certainly in the conversation.