Jake Hefner: With the first preseason game coming up later this week, I want to know which offensive players you are most looking forward to watching.
Garrett Sisti: Offense: Some of the most important players to watch in the preseason are the three interior offensive linemen who are going into their first season even if not all of them are rookies: Dan Feeney, Max Tuerk, and Donavon Clark. Feeney, Tuerk, and Clark have future implications with the OL if they play well, so they'll be a trio to keep a close eye on.
Nathan Graber-Lipperman: On offense, I'm excited to see Cardale Jones. Is he anything special right now? No. But could he be down the road? We'll see. At his best, he could develop a similar skillset to a Big Ben type, but at good worst, he'll just be another big name from CFB that proceeds to flame out. His first look in a Chargers uniform will be an interesting one.
Kyle Posey: I'll be watching how the line rotations shake out. How much they're asking their OL to move compared to last year.
Ryan Doyle: I'll be looking at the running backs. First off, I'll be praying for Gordon to stay healthy. Then, I want to see if Branden Oliver or Kenjon Barner can separate themselves from the rest. This offense needs a solid backup behind Gordon.
Richard Wade: On offense, I'm looking forward to watching Dontrelle Inman. Every year, I write him off, and every year he surprises me. I am curious to see if he can take another step forward this season. He has become a quality player, and I wonder if he can start to make a bigger impact.
Louis Gorini: Usually in the pre-season teams get to unveil their new draft pics from earlier on the year. Unfortunately, Chargers first 2 round picks are out. So I will be focusing on Dan Feeney and where Lynn has him lined up (center, RG, or both).
Jake Hefner: The offensive line was the biggest question mark of the offensive unit before camp got under way. Now with Forrest Lamp out for the season, it’s an even bigger one. There will be a lot of competition and rotation at both interior lineman positions (Tuerk, Feeney, Clark, Wiggins). It will be interesting to see who Anthony Lynn makes the “starting five” come Sunday. TE Jeff Cumberland is another name I’ll be watching. Based on practice reports, It appears he is showing off his pass catching capabilities very well in practice and in doing, so it’s getting him more involved in the offense. Known more for his blocking capability, I’m interested to see how he develops with this team after his 2016 campaign was cut short.
Roger Hinojosa: I’ll be keeping a close eye on Cardale Jones. I’m interested to see if the Chargers can find a dependable backup for Philip Rivers. Someone is going to have to take over for Rivers eventually. Jones may be able to step up and deliver. He’s no stranger to filling in big shoes and delivering clutch performances.
Matthew Stanley: I’ll be watching the offensive line. I'm sure the battle for backup RB will be interesting, but the real battle to watch is the offensive line. Has Kenny Wiggins somehow transformed into a player deserving of the starting RG spot? Does Joseph Barksdale look like last year was some bad fluke? Is Spencer Pulley the impressive guy that all the coaches think he is? How is Dan Feeney doing? Whats up with Max Tuerk and Donavon Clark? All these questions need answering in some live game action.
Cody Young: I'll be keeping a close eye on RB Kenjon Barner. I was a fan of his while he played for the Eagles, and was excited to see the Chargers sign him in free agency. That backup running back spot behind Melvin Gordon is wide open, and I'm expecting Barner to come away with the job. He's looked good in practice so far from what I hear, now the next step for him is to show he can do it in a game setting.
Aaron Woolley: Can I count Younghoe Koo as an offensive player? I want to see if he can at the very least push Josh Lambo to make an improvement this season. His flip kick is one of the coolest things I've ever seen, and it would show that Anthony Lynn isn't giving free passes to players who have started at a solid level before. Also, Cardale Jones excites the hell outta me!
Derrick Browne: On offense, I'll be watching the entire offensive line and Cardale Jones. The coaches seem to have a lot of faith in this o-line unit, so I'll be watching to see who stands out. I was a fan of Cardale at Ohio State, so I'm looking forward to seeing him in action. The QB2 job is wide open, and it'll be interesting to see if he does enough to take advantage.
Ruben J. Gonzalez: I'll be interested in seeing how QB Cardale Jones looks like.I am hoping he's gonna work out for the Chargers. I'm not saying I want him to be the QB of the future, but I do want an upgrade at the backup job. As it stands now, if for any reason Clemens sees action in a game other than the last seconds of a game, it means the season is down the drain. I want some hope if Captain Philip ever goes down with an injury.
Michael Peterson: Although the offensive line holds all the questions, I will be paying close attention to the RB2 and QB2 battles. Will Bo Oliver pick up where he was when healthy? Or will Kenjon Barner become the new contrasting back to Gordon? Will Whiz prefer the bigger Andre Williams? That'll be fun to see. Obviously, it'll be interesting to see if Cardale Jones will flash enough to get the coaches talking, as well.
Jamie Sewell: On offense, the one guy I'm most intrigued by is Austin Ekeler. It's a very crowded grouping at RB, but I like the little I know about Ekeler, and I want to see how he does in a real game. He's small but put up elite numbers at his Pro Day, and I like him as a darkhorse to push for a roster spot.
Jamie Hoyle: I'll be watching Max Tuerk and Isaiah Burse closely both when I'm at camp this week and when the preseason games start. I'm probably most interested in Tuerk, who was supposed to be the center of the future 15 months ago and now is being prepped for more of a utility OL role. Is he better suited for guard or tackle? Are his days as a center completely done? Did he make good use of his "redshirt" season in 2016? As for Burse, I'm beginning to think the team may favor keeping six WR due to the injury to Mike Williams and Burse adds some value as a return man. What we don't know is whether or not he can make plays as a receiver at this level. I want to see how he's developed as a route runner and how he fares playing through a torn labrum.
Let us know in the comments who you will be watching during the first preseason game.