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The 5 biggest surprises of Chargers training camp thus far

By Alexander Insdorf
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Odds of UDFAs making the Chargers roster increasing

At first, when the Chargers' list of undrafted free agents was released, it didn't feel like there was any one player who really stood out in terms of their chances to make the team. And for the Chargers as a team, that's mostly understandable considering how much they improved the roster this offseason.

There are two UDFAs that have impressed so far in camp though-safety Raheem Layne and EDGE Ty Shelby.

Layne has made several pass break ups with great coverage ability against some of the Chargers' first-team receiving options in practice. He's a fantastic special teams presence in addition to a stout tackler in the run game. Ty Shelby had quality pressures in the scrimmage yesterday in addition to a sack. He's made his sheer size and power pop on the outside, even against some of the RT options for the Chargers.

What both of these players also have right now is opportunity, unlike some of the other UDFAs. Mark Webb has missed a few practices with injury in addition to Derwin James obviously being out with his contract situation. Layne is effectively S2 or 3 in practice with Nasir Adderley and Alohi Gilman depending on how you want to quantify it. Kyle Van Noy only playing at linebacker so far has opened the door for guys like Chris Rumph, Jamal Davis II, and the aforementioned Shelby to flash.

Even outside of the Chargers 2022 UDFA class, there are a few former alternate league football players who have impressed. Davis has made an impact after his return to the NFL from the CFL and former Spring League signing Damon Lloyd has been physical too. The Chargers' pool of players to choose from in making the 53-man roster is becoming a little bit deeper with some unexpected names making a difference so far.

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