It's finally time for Chargers football! The teams first preseason game is tomorrow night against the Tennessee Titans and here are four players I will have my eye on during the exhibition match.
Dexter McCoil - S
It's hard not to watch McCoil when he is on the field, and not just because of his mountainous frame. The word around camp is that he has been a terror. Boasting solid coverage skills and good instincts, the 6-4, 220-pound safety is constantly around the football making plays and ready to lay a big hit on any receiver who dares to enter his vicinity. I'll be tuning in closely to see how Pagano uses McCoil in game situations and if his performance in practice translates over to the playing field.
Hunter Henry - TE
We all knew Henry had some sticky mitts, but my goodness. Has he even dropped a pass since he arrived in San Diego for off-season workouts? I don't think he has. His pass catching ability is impressive, but what I'm most interested to see from Henry tomorrow night in Tennessee is what kind of dividends he pays in the run game. From what I understand he has looked solid in that area of his game as well in practice. The versatility he will bring to the offense should be fun to watch.
Drew Kaser - P
The bolts have enjoyed a steady stretch of top notch punting thanks to Darren Bennett and Mike Scifres, and now the torch has been passed to the rookie out of Texas A&M. Kaser definitely has enough leg strength for the job, but what I want to see from him is how he handles himself in game. How is his accuracy? What kind of hang time is he getting on his punts? These are things I'll be zoned in on when the special teams unit takes the field.
Donavon Clark - G
I didn't think much of it when the Chargers selected Clark in the 7th round of the draft back in April. However, Clark apparently has been turning some heads in practice putting guys (Lissemore) on their rear ends multiple times (see Garrett Sisti’s training camp tweet from a while back).
The Chargers can use as many quality guards as they can get and with Franklin having been nicked up a bit in practice yesterday, Clark's ability to produce becomes that much more important. It'll be exciting to see how he fares against some new competition tomorrow night.