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Rounding Up Another Busy Week at Chargers Park
With rookie minicamp in the books and the start of OTA’s kicking off on Tuesday, you may think last week was a slow one at Chargers Park. That was far from the case as the Bolts concluded Phase II of the offseason conditioning program while being active in the community. Here are all the articles, videos, photos and behind-the-scenes access from the week.
General Manager Tom Telesco was very busy, making a number of transactions as he continues to shape the roster. The Chargers signed two players, including running back Branden Oliver to a three-year contract as well as guard Craig Watts, who turned heads trying out during rookie minicamp. To make room on the roster, the team waived Ian White and waived-injured Tobais Palmer, who was subsequently placed on the reserve-injured list. The Bolts also inked second-round pick Jerry Attaochu to a four-year contract while hiring two new area scouts.
During all this, Telesco carved out 30 minutes to spend with the fans as the general manager asked to conduct a live chat. He didn’t shy away from any topic, answering many issues on fans’ minds including why he’s signed a number of running backs, the outside perspective on free agency and much more. In addition, Telesco spoke to San Diego luminaries at the Hall of Champions where he talked for nearly an hour about the Bolts.
Keenan Allen was the Pepsi Next Rookie of the Year a season ago. He learned a lot during his first year in the NFL, and he looks forward to imparting that knowledge to seventh-round pick Tevin Reese. In turn, the rookie plans to stay close to Allen’s hip in order to learn as much as possible. Together they believe they can form a dynamic duo.
In addition to the draft choices, the Chargers now have 18 rookie free agents on the roster. We looked back at the Bolts’ strong history regarding undrafted free agents, including Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd and Jahleel Addae.
When Donald Butler signed his long-term contract to remain in San Diego, he vowed to make a difference in his new adopted hometown. The defensive captain did just that as he hosted a charity bowling event that was well attended by his teammates. Attoachu was there, and he got the chance to meet Jamal Williams, the former Charger with whom he shares a number of unique ties.
While you can expect to see the Bolts on the gridiron, if you attended the Padres game Thursday night you saw Melvin Ingram impress on the baseball diamond. The third-year linebacker threw out the first pitch, which not surprisingly was a perfect strike.
Meanwhile, the Chargers continued to preach living an active lifestyle with a pair of Play 60 events attended by Marcus Cromartie, Sean Lissemore and Brandon Ghee. On Friday, A.G. Spanos and Corey Liuget unveiled a new fitness center at a local middle school made possible through the Chargers Champions program.