LA Chargers training camp: Updates for the 2021 draft class

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Asante Samuel Jr. has climbed the depth chart during LA Chargers training camp

The first look we got of Asante Samuel Jr. seemingly was not great news. Samuel was low on the depth chart and was not one of the starting members of the secondary. Brandon Facyson was getting snaps ahead of him and the team was even playing Nasir Adderley in the slot with Alohi Gilman at safety.

The longer camp has gone on the more reps he has gotten with the first team and the more he has stood out against his peers. Granted, the early position in the depth chart merely could have been to help him ease into camp or to give him a chip on his shoulder.

If the goal was the latter then it certainly has worked. Samuel has not only climbed the depth chart but has performed at a high level as well. Those that attended camp on Friday (unfortunately I was not one of them) have raved about how good he has looked on the field.

Samuel is projected to be a big part of this defense so this is really pleasing to see. The best-case scenario for the Chargers is Samuel showing out and proving to be a capable outside cornerback, allowing the team to really focus on using Chris Harris in the slot.

So far, so good for the second-round pick out of Florida State.