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4 losers from the first week of LA Chargers training camp

By Alexander Insdorf
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The first week of Chargers Training Camp has already come and gone. With padded practices recently getting underway and just over a week until the first preseason game against the Rams, it's worth talking about the players who might have the stock arrow pointing down.

Of course, jobs are not won and lost at this stage in the process. That comes during the preseason as well as the three cut periods prior to final roster creation. But the first week has shown us a few examples of players that may not have as much value as they did coming into camp.

4 losers of Chargers training camp thus far:

DT Jerry Tillery

Back in May, it still felt like Jerry Tillery was a relative lock to make the Chargers roster. The draft only brought in Otito Ogbonnia for depth, a project DT who's a few years away. Even considering the declined fifth-year option at the time, he was the only pass-rushing defensive tackle they had.

But a little over two weeks after the draft, the team signed former Staley Rams pass-rush standout Morgan Fox. That was clearly a move to increase the competition against Tillery. Then at the start of training camp, defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill made it pretty clear that jobs in the interior defensive line room were on the line if your name wasn't Sebastian Joseph-Day or Austin Johnson:

Again, it's worth noting that it's still very early on. But Joe Gaziano and Breiden Fehoko have each made plays consistently in training camp in their respective roles. There's been radio silence on any positive moments coming from Tillery and the moments that remind Chargers fans of his 2021 season sure are there:

Tillery just has to do more to stand out over the course of camp from the rest of the IDL room. It's clear that he no longer has the protected status from his contract or how the coaches value him. He has to take an active initiative to beat out Fox, Gaziano, and others, but it just hasn't happened yet.

Again, it's worth pointing out that the former Notre Dame product would still make the roster if it had to be finalized today. That being said, the odds of Tillery being cut might've crept up from around 5% to 15 or 20. That perception in and of itself is a huge loss for the former first-rounder. It's no longer a safe bet that he's safe.

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