4 winners (and 1 loser) for the Chargers in preseason opener vs Rams

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Chargers winner: Cameron Dicker

There are still two more preseason games and another month (just about) until the start of the 2023 regular season. While there is still plenty of time until Week 1, it already seems like the Chargers' kicking battle from training camp has been decided.

Cameron Dicker, who came in relief of Dustin Hopkins last season, has been lighting it up in practice while Hopkins has been mostly unavailable to kick. Dicker was the only kicker of the two to actually attempt a kick on Saturday, making both of his field goals and all four of his extra points.

Dicker even drilled a kicker from 50 yards out, which was definitely a big moment for him. If there was any knock on him heading into camp it was his ability to hit long field goals. One long make doesn't prove he is lights out but it does help his case for making the roster.

At this point, considering the way the Chargers have handled it, it might be too late for Hopkins to make a push in this battle. Not only has Dicker been better and has been getting the reps but he is a cheaper option for the Bolts as well. LA actually saves money against the cap by releasing Hopkins before the season.

The battle was already heavily in Dicker's favor and the first preseason game of the year may have been enough to clinch his job as the team's primary kicker.