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Chargers training camp: 3 huge winners from joint practice with 49ers

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Asante Samuel Jr.
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1. Asante Samuel Jr.

There is not a single player on either team who was a bigger winner than Asante Samuel. Dee Ford did have a big day for the 49ers but Rashawn Slater nor Bryan Bulaga participated and Ford is more established.

Samuel is undoubtedly the biggest winner of this first joint practice as he continues the really solid play that he has showcased in LA Chargers training camp.

Samuel has been stepping up in practice and going against the best the Chargers have to offer. He initially was not getting snaps as the CB1 but worked his way into getting prominent snaps on the outside and has certainly held his own.

Samuel even put the clamps on Keenan Allen. Granted, it was one play, but to see a rookie succeed like that against Allen, who we already outlined makes other corners look silly, is huge for Samuel.

Samuel had not one but two interceptions in joint practice. He picked off both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, proving to be a menace no matter who was under center.

As seen above, this is not an easy interception on a pass that was thrown straight to him. He did an elite job of baiting the throw and then jumping the throw. That is something a veteran quarterback masters, not a rookie.

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Charger fans were absolutely ecstatic when Asante Samuel Jr. fell to the Bolts in the second round and he has done nothing but prove the fans' excitement correct.