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LA Chargers: 4 potential training camp breakout candidates

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LA Chargers training camp starts on Wednesday as the smell of football is firmly back in the air again. The first of 17 practices will kick off around 9 AM PT on the 28th.

There's always a few players who get the attention of the media in these practices. Justin Herbert dropped some dimes last year with the second team before eventually getting the starting job. 2020 camp was also the first time we saw Linval Joseph impress in the powder blue with his sheer size and power.

Of course, training camp doesn't always translate from to the regular season. Joshua Kelley got a lot of buzz as one of 2020's true offseason breakouts. While Kelley started out hot in the first two games, he seemed to lose confidence after a few critical turnovers. His special teams play left a lot to be desired as well.

That being said, let's get to some of the guys who could shine in 2021 Chargers camp.

Potential breakouts in LA Chargers training camp: WR Tyron Johnson

On some level, Tyron Johnson did already break out last year following his first appearance during the Bucs game in Week 4. He would go on to finish the season with 20 receptions, 398 yards, and three touchdowns in 12 games.

But the important thing to remember with Johnson is that he has a relatively high ceiling athletically. He was a 5 star LSU WR recruit coming out of high school. While he's had to grind his way through the league to this point in this career, Johnson has an athletic edge that most other former undrafted guys don't have.

Johnson also wasn't really given a real opportunity to make the roster last season given the COVID-19 restrictions on training camp and the lack of a preseason. Now that he'll have a full training camp and preseason to show his stuff, there's a tangible chance for even further ascension.

ESPN's Shelley Smith referenced Johnson as one of the Chargers' minicamp stars back in June. It seems like Johnson has an opportunity to lock up the WR3 spot on the depth chart if all goes well leading up until September. His speed and route running will certainly pop in training camp.