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Anthony Lynn gushes about Justin Jones, UDFA fullbacks

A lot of player-specific questions from this call.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.