The Chargers held their team scrimmage yesterday with only five days to go until their first preseason game against the Rams. There's still a lot that needs to play out over the course of the next month prior to the creation of the initial 53-man roster, but there are some relevant takeaways as always from the first week and a half of action.
Specifically, there are a few interesting twists and turns to talk about that most Chargers fans probably didn't see coming.
1. Bryce Callahan's rapid ascension to a starting CB for the Chargers
As a Brandon Staley system signing after the draft, it was clear Bryce Callahan was going to play an important role. What exactly he was going to be doing was unclear at the time of the signing though. Did the team still have first-team plans for Michael Davis? Would Callahan be in the slot mostly or on the outside? For the value of his contract, did the team see him as depth?
Callahan has rapidly ascended to being the Chargers' CB3/starting slot corner in no time. He's had several pass breakups in practice, specifically a few while covering some of the Chargers' top options over the middle. In regards to the slot role, defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill said, "that's home for Bryce," earlier this week.
It remains to be seen what exactly the Chargers' role for Michael Davis is. He's currently running with the second team for the most part. But any competition there might've been with Callahan for a starting role ended very quickly. While the coaching staff hasn't said it outright, the Chargers are planning for a starting trio of J.C. Jackson at CB1, Asante Samuel Jr. at CB2, and Callahan at Slot/CB3.
Callahan's coverage ability over the middle combined with his intangibles in the Staley system have helped him exceed expectations in camp so far. More or less-he's getting all the snaps and responsibilities that Chris Harris Jr. has last year. At this point, we should talk about it as a one for one swap.