While it’s still early in the offseason process, here’s a look at how Chargers Organized Team Activities went today and we can at least get an early idea of where the team is at today.
In terms of who practiced and who didn’t:
Verrett, Hayward, Attaochu, Caraun Reid & Donavon Clark all on the side doing cone work. Mike Williams just running sideline— Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti) May 23, 2017
Wideouts Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams didn’t participate in any Offense vs. Defense drills. Williams did catch balls in the early warm-ups. Darrell Stuckey was also on the sideline and Melvin Ingram is still a no show so far.
In terms of the Chargers first round pick, Head Coach Anthony Lynn says Mike Williams is suffering from some “back tightness” and that he’ll be held out of activity this week but he expects Williams to be back at practice sometime next week.
The big question is the starting Offensive Line:
Starting Offensive Line today from R to L: Barksdale/Wiggins/Pulley/Slauson/Okung— Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti) May 23, 2017
Lynn said that Training Camp will be the “true evaluation” in regards to the Offensive Line and he mentioned that rookie Dan Feeney has got some reps with the starting O-Line as well. Rookies are still learning the system and the veterans are currently plugged in as “starters” right now.
The second team Offensive Line was:
RT Chris Hairston
RG Forrest Lamp
C Max Tuerk
LG Dan Feeney
LT Tyreek Burwell
Interesting that Forrest Lamp played on the left side in college but played Right Guard today. Lamp is as good as advertised. He got a lot of match-ups with DL Tenny Palepoi and Damion Square and Lamp won those battles. Dan Feeney is not fun to watch, in a good way, he just gets his job done which is a great trait for an Offensive Lineman. Max Tuerk put a ball on the ground snapping it to the QB, which was an issue last year in Training Camp as well.
Another note on the Offensive Line: Kenny Wiggins still struggles to stay on his feet, especially in space.
As for the other rookies:
Great coverage by Rayshawn Jenkins on a TE then Desmond King sticks on Burse over the middle. Rookies with a pair of incompletions— Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti) May 23, 2017
The majority of the snaps Desmond King got, he came running onto the field screaming “Nickel, Nickel” so that should give you a pretty good indication of where they see him right now. He got no snaps at Safety, all at Nickel corner.
Here’s your current update on returner duties:
Kenjon Barner, Isaiah Burse, Des King & the WR out of Indiana Mitchell Paige returning punts. No Travis Benjamin in drills so far— Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti) May 23, 2017
-SS Jahleel Addae and FS Dwight Lowery were the starting Safeties with Adrian Phillips getting some work at SS with the starters. The second team Safety duo was Dexter McCoil at SS and Tre Boston at FS. While Boston will work his way to being the starting Free Safety, moving McCoil closer to the line of scrimmage is a good thing.
Adrian Phillips with an INT on Clemens on the goal line. Starting where he left off last year around this time— Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti) May 23, 2017
Tre Boston with a pick off a tipped pass play after an INT by CB Michael Davis. Gus is SCREAMING out here. Give me my pads— Garrett Sisti (@GarrettSisti) May 23, 2017
-DC Gus Bradley (or as DT Brandon Mebane refers to him “White Ice Cube”) really rallied his troops today.
-Bosa was lined up at the 3-tech on a handful of plays today and that’s like stealing, and when it's against Kenny Wiggins it’s a freebie.
-During Special Teams drills Melvin Gordon was working on pass blocking drills. Seems to be a real point of emphasis with him.
-With Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett out today, Keenan Allen was beating up on the backup CBs while running routes in a knee brace.
-RB Brandon Oliver is wearing #32 now and he looks to be recovered from his torn Achilles last season. He looked sharp.
-Anthony Lynn spoke highly of both OL Spencer Pulley and WR Jamaal Jones today. He didn’t speak so highly of the Special Teams:
Someone just asked Lynn how open the competition is for the P/K position. Lynn: "Well we were 32nd in the league..I'd say they're very open"— Matthew Stanley (@boltfanindenver) May 23, 2017