The 2014 draft class has been graded and debated by the experts; now it's time for the players to prove them right or wrong. Today marked the first time the 2014 Chargers rookie class worked together as a team, as they opened the three-day Rookie Camp at Chargers Park.
Rookie Camp gives the newest members of the Chargers their first look at learning the team's playbook and schemes. This is also the first chance for the rookies to also get acquainted with something else. For the first time, 1st rd pick CB Jason Verrett will don his #22 jersey. Verrett was drafted with the 25th pick overall. Fellow rookie and 2nd round pick LB Jeremiah Attaochu will line up wearing #97. G Chris Watt, who was drafted in the 3rd round, will wear #65. Amonngst the other rookie draftees, NT Ryan Carrethers will wear #92, RB Marion Grice will wear #26 and WR Tevin Reese will wear #84. Reese is not expected to attend this weekend's Rookie Camp due to graduation.
The NFL allows teams to conduct one post-draft rookie camp either the first or second weekend after the draft. This is the first of many opportunities the rookies have to impress the coaches. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are allowed 10 days of Organized Team Activities. Players are not allowed to have live contact but teams can still get major instruction implemented with 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
The Chargers are slated for OTA's to begin with 3 sessions during May 27-29. That will be followed by OTA's on June 2-4 and June 9th-12th. These are considered voluntary. The Chargers Mandatory mini-camp is June 17-19 and all players are expected to participate. The 2014 San Diego Chargers full team Training Camp dates have yet to be released.