LA Chargers training camp is officially underway as the NFL world gets back in action with preseason games just around the corner. We have already covered our training camp wish list in preparation for the return of Charger football.
This camp is extremely important for the Bolts. There is almost an entirely new coaching staff (except Giff Smith) this season that is implementing new schemes and a new culture in LA. It is safe to say that the last coaching staff was not great.
Justin Herbert is entering year two and is getting an actual training and preseason this go around. Exciting times.
One of the best parts about LA Chargers training camp is going to be the position battles. While there definitely have been more notable battles in the past, there still are four important position battles that fans should be keeping an eye on.
The 4 most important position battles of LA Chargers training camp:
1. Kicker — Michael Badgley vs. Alex Kessman
It is safe to say that this is the most important position battle of training camp. The Chargers have literally lost countless games because of poor kicking and Michael Badgley is running out of excuses.
The Chargers brought in Pitt's Alex Kessman this offseason to compete with Badgley for the kicking job. As long as Kessman does not completely blow it, barring a completely new Badgley, then the kicking job should be his.
Kessman was not extremely accurate in college but he has a huge leg that can go out for fifty-yarders as well as a leg that can actually be used for kickoffs. Badgley has neither of those things and in 2020 we started to see his shorter accuracy go to the wayside as well.
Nobody is asking for Justin Tucker (although that would be nice). Charger fans just want someone who is competent and does not lose the team multiple games per season. Is that too much to ask?