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Chargers Training Camp Notes: Young Playmakers Highlight an Up and Down Day 1

A flurry of notes from writers Matthew Stanley and Garrett Sisti on the first day of training camp.

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With Forrest Lamp still coming back from his ACL-injury, reserve guard Michael Schofield looks to be the starter at right guard if Lamp is not back in time for the regular season.

If Gates is not resigned, the team will look to the younger tight ends to make up for the lost production from Hunter Henry’s injury earlier this year. Former UDFA Sean Culkin looks to be a front-runner in that regard. The added size is always a plus as he is already one of the better run-blockers at the position.

With White transitioning to a true linebacker position, it will be interesting to see how much of his athleticism survives the increase in mass he must put on prior to the season.

A 1v1 rep with an elite cornerback versus an elite wide receiver will always get the people going. Hayward is already in mid-season form.

Two of the more interesting UDFAs this year are cornerback Brandon Facyson and Tony Brown. Both had their growing pains on day 1.

The buzz surrounding the Mike Williams Hype-Train remains the same after a day that consisted of several nice wins in 1v1s with a couple bad drops to balance out his overall performance.

One of the underrated camp battles will be which reserve tackle gets to be trusted on the blindside were Russell Okung to find himself sidelined. Last year’s sixth-round selection Sam Tevi looks to be getting the early reps at left tackle behind the veteran.

Although many of us have been gassing up this year’s seventh-round selection out of Northwestern, he will be starting camp as the 4th-strong back behind Russel Hansborough.

Regardless of depth chart position, Jackson still found his way to make an impression on the staff and the fans in attendance.

Nwosu looks to be a welcomed addition to a linebacker group lacking a lot of prototypical size.

The rookie EDGE rusher out of USC wasted no time getting into his zone against the reserves on offense.

One of the staff’s favorite UDFAs to make the team, Richardson is looking every bit of the stout interior linemen we all fell in love with following this yea’s NFL draft.