Head coach Anthony Lynn met with media members once again on Wednesday to discuss all things Chargers, training camp, and COVID-19. Just like the rest of these pieces, I wrote down my notes and added some extra thoughts for you all.
Here we go.
- Lynn repeated similar sentiments regarding the COVID-19 that he first voiced on his call last Wednesday. The Chargers are facing multiple enemies this fall with the teams on their schedule and the coronavirus. So far, they’ve done an excellent job against the virus as zero players have tested positive. On a similar note, no players have spoken to either Lynn or Tom Telesco about opting-out to this point. As a team that is usually devastated by injuries during the season, it’s weirdly refreshing to see the Chargers as one of the lone clubs to not have every single player ready and healthy.
#Chargers HC Anthony Lynn: "I got a playbook against the opponent and a playbook against Covid."— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 5, 2020
Echoes his sentiments about battling two enemies this season.
- On Monday, Joey Bosa mentioned defensive tackle Justin Jones about three or four times while discussing the defense. He said that Jones is “a heck of a three-technique” and that’s high praise coming from the team’s new face of the franchise. I thought I’d ask Lynn about Jones, as well, and he also had nothing but phenomenal things to say about the third-year defender.
After Joey Bosa raved about DT Justin Jones on Monday, I asked Anthony Lynn his thoughts on Jones and his development:— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 5, 2020
"I'm looking for him to have a breakout season this year. It's been coming. He's was gobbling up double teams. He finished very strong last season."
- I followed up my Jones question with another about the team’s pair of UDFA fullbacks in Gabe Nabers and Bobby Holly. Lynn said that they’ve each got “big shoes to fill,” which tells us how highly thought of Derek Watt was by the staff. It’s a safe bet one of them is making the team, and per a source, Nabers was the lone UDFA running with the first team in walkthroughs this week.
#Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on UDFA fullbacks Nabers/Holly: "Both guys have huge shoes to fill, I can tell you that."— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 5, 2020
Also mentioned both have the build necessary to succeed and get the job done as lead-blockers.
- Excuse the fat-fingered error in the tweet — When asked about scrimmages in training camp, Lynn said they won’t have any scrimmages where they tackle to the ground but they can still go “full-speed” without full contact. He also said he isn’t sure whether or not they’ll be able to scrimmage at SoFi but a number of practices will still take place in the new stadium.
Anthony Lynn said the Chargers will not have an "full-go" scrimmages during training camp. At most, they'll have practices where they'll go hard, wrap up, but won't bring anyone to the ground.— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 5, 2020
- When asked about his thoughts on the backfield, Lynn said he thinks Justin Jackson could be a key part of the rotation. He’s been getting a lot of preseason hype and has been incredibly efficient in his limited snaps since getting drafted in the seventh round.
Lynn just said RB Justin Jackson may be "the key" to the backfield this season.— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 5, 2020
When he brought up Joshua Kelley, Lynn said he may have to be a “four-course” special teams player, essentially meaning he’ll have to perform in all three phases to maximize his playing time as a rookie.
#Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on rookie RB Joshua Kelley: "He may have to be a four-course player on special teams but we drafted him for a reason."— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 5, 2020
- Lastly, Lynn discussed 2019 first-round pick Jerry Tillery and his expectations for him heading into 2020. After a dismal rookie season, Lynn still believes TIllery is incredibly athletic and has the ability to play all four positions along the defensive line. But first, he wants Tillery to get established as a defensive tackle before branching out to either outside spot.