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LA Chargers training camp: Winners and losers of first week

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Uchenna Nwosu
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Loser: Uchenna Nwosu

Uchenna Nwosu did not stand out in a negative way like Mike Williams in the first week of LA Chargers training camp. However, his role in the defense is interesting after the first week, especially based on what we expected.

Many fans thought that this was going to be a big year for Nwosu and it very well could be. Melvin Ingram is gone and that seemingly opened the spot for Nwosu to rush the passer near-full-time alongside Joey Bosa.

Personally, I have been more reserved with my expectations of Nwosu. He has not played more than 37% of snaps in his career and while he has shown flashes of being really good, they have been just that: flashes.

The coaching staff may see the same thing and might be making Nwosu prove that he deserves the role and is not just handed it since he is the returning player that is a former second-round pick.

Nwosu is battling for the position with recently-signed Kyler Fackrell, who was viewed as just a depth signing when the move was made. Not only is there a bigger battle than expected, but Fackrell was the one getting the majority of the first-team reps with the defense.

This could mean two things. It could either be very good for Nwosu, who will be more determined to win the role and play better as a result. It could also mean that the coaching staff is not fully buying into Nwosu, which also is possible.

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There is still plenty of time left to figure out this position battle and the three preseason games will be a huge test for Nwosu. As it stands right now, he is one of the two losers.