The first day of LA Chargers training camp is officially in the books with the Bolts practicing on the field for 75 minutes in front of fans. After having no fans at training camp last season this was a very welcome sight.
It is easy to take too much away from the first day of training camp and the most important thing is that the team gradually builds up and is ready for the regular season. That being said... the LA Chargers looked good.
While most eyes were on Justin Herbert and Derwin James, the biggest highlight of the day was dished out by Tyron Johnson. Johnson made a fantastic diving grab on the sideline and the crowd had the proper reaction.
It may seem like a basic short-yardage play but the way that Justin Herbert and Tyron Johnson were in sync is impressive. To execute a short-yardage play this crisply on day one of training camp is a really positive sign, especially with how bad the team was in these situations last season.
Tyron Johnson is a big breakout candidate for the LA Chargers in 2021.
Tyron Johnson was named as one of our four breakout players to watch during LA Chargers training camp and this first day is already a great start for the 25-year-old wideout.
Johnson really burst onto the scene for the Chargers last season. After bouncing around from practice squad to practice squad Johnson was finally given a chance with the Bolts and he did not disappoint. He became Justin Herbert's go-to deep-ball threat, finishing the season with 398 yards on 20 catches.
Johnson has the potential to be the Tyrell Williams of this offense. He was used in a rather one-dimensional manner last season and all signs are pointing to Brandon Staley and Joe Lombardi operating under a different pretense this season.
In fact, the offense already showcased a level of versatility in the first practice of the year that simply was not present last year.
Johnson even spent some time in the slot during the first practice, which really helps hammer home the Tyrell Williams deep-threat comparison. Regardless, it is a promising sign to see that the team is already implementing routes in Johnson's route tree that makes him less of a one-dimensional wideout.
Day one of LA Chargers training camp is in the books and before we know it the first preseason game of the year will be underway against the Los Angeles Rams.
Hopefully Johnson will continue to turn heads then as well.