On Saturday, August 5, 2017, the Los Angeles Chargers hosted the Los Angeles Rams for a scrimmage at the StubHub Center (the MLS stadium where the Chargers will play their home games this year). I made the trip up to Carson to get my first in-person look at the 2017 Chargers and at the stadium. Below you will find some brief notes on both:
The StubHub Center is a pretty nice venue with quality sight lines. The bleacher seating is surprisingly comfortable. And you feel shockingly close to the on-field action. It is also really small. It is jarring the first time you lay eyes on it. Actual games played there have a chance to be really cool, but they will also be very weird (at least at first).
Philip Rivers is still the only quarterback on the roster that you want to see playing in any game that means anything. Cardale Jones is a work in progress at best. His footwork borders on upsetting to watch. Kellen Clemens steals a little piece of your soul every time you watch him try to complete a pass. His lack of accuracy is as consistent as it is terrible. Mike Bercovici is simply bad.
Tyrell Williams is still just as good as you remember on crossing routes. He always seems to get just enough separation to turn it into a positive play. Third-year player Da’Ron Brown struggled to find even an inch of separation on any snap I was watching him.
Hunter Henry got open seemingly at will throughout most of the practice. Jeff Cumberland looked to have lost considerable weight from last season and he seemed to be moving well. He had one particularly nice catch and run.
Branden Oliver looks a little strange in his new number, but he looks like the same player we have come to know. It will be interesting to see whether or not both he and Andre Williams can fit on this roster.
The right side of the offensive line with Kenny Wiggins and Joe Barksdale is terrible. If Dan Feeney can’t beat out Wiggins for that starting spot, the Chargers will have a real problem on their hands.
Josh Lambo missed multiple kicks. Younghoe Koo was nearly perfect (and has an absurd amount of energy on the sideline). I assumed earlier this year that Lambo was a lock to make the team, but every week that goes by I think there’s a better chance he finds himself on the outside looking in.
Defensively, Isaac Rochell showed flashes of ability that surprised me a bit. I am looking forward to seeing him in a live game because he looked pretty decent in drills. Joey Bosa is still completely unblockable. Melvin Ingram had a very good practice. He had one spin move that was just stunning to watch. The concern with Ingram, as always, though isn’t getting near the quarterback but actually bringing him down which wasn’t something that we had an opportunity to see him try to do.
Overall, the team did little to convince me one way or the other that they will be better or worse than I expected going into the day, but that’s about what you’d expect from one scrimmage.
Did any of you make it out to StubHub? What did you think?