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10 Chargers to Watch in Preseason Opener

The Los Angeles Chargers kick off the 2017 preseason tonight against the Seattle Seahawks.  How many snaps each player will receive is unknown, but here are 10 players to keep your eye on throughout the game:

QB Cardale Jones – It's been a whirlwind month for the Bolts' newest quarterback.  After learning a whole new system this offseason in Buffalo, he reported to Bills' training camp only to be traded to Los Angeles.  Now the former Ohio State star is learning his third system in less than a year, undergoing a crash course since arriving in late July.  Tonight marks his best opportunity yet to show what he's capable of in a Chargers uniform.

WR Keenan Allen – It's been a long road back for the star wideout, who suffered an ACL injury in last year's season opener that landed him on IR.  KA13 is one of the game's best route-runners, and he'll look to put his full arsenal on display in his first action in nearly a year.

S Tre Boston – It's been impossible to miss the team's newest safety as Boston's infectious energy has added a jolt to the Bolts.  The former Panther has split action with Dwight Lowery with the first team throughout training camp, yet is listed with the second team on the unofficial depth chart against the Seahawks.

G Dan Feeney – With Mike Williams on PUP and Forrest Lamp suffering a torn ACL, the third-round pick out of Indiana is the highest draft pick to make his pro debut tonight.  The Bolts have put an emphasis on improving the offensive line, and Feeney is firmly in the competition to earn the starting center or right guard spot.  

CB Michael Davis – The undrafted rookie out of BYU has turned heads from the moment he joined the Bolts. Head Coach Anthony Lynn has repeatedly lauded the 6-2, 196-pound cornerback, who boasts a rare combination of size and speed.  With Jason Verrett and Craig Mager not expected to play tonight, Davis should have an opportunity to showcase his complete skillset. 

LT Russell Okung – A prized free agent acquisition, Okung was brought in to help change the culture up front.  He's earned high praise from teammates and coaches, and the preseason opener will give fans their first look at the vet tasked with protecting Philip Rivers' blindside.

WR Jamaal Jones – After a freak injury suffered on the third day of training camp last year cost him his entire rookie campaign, the former undrafted free agent out of Montana has been a revelation this offseason.  He's continued his strong play in training camp, and now aims to translate that success in his first preseason action.

S Rayshawn Jenkins – Miami is known for producing some of the game's top safeties, and Jenkins aims to prove his worth as the next Hurricane to make his mark in the NFL.  The fourth-round pick has flashed his potential throughout training camp, yet wants to show he can be a reliable force in the secondary on a consistent basis. 

RB Branden Oliver – The popular running back hasn't appeared in a regular season game since suffering a toe injury midway through the 2015 campaign.  He was primed for a bounce back year before a gruesome Achilles' injury last preseason.  Oliver has shown he's back to full strength throughout training camp, and hopes to stake his claim as Melvin Gordon's primary backup beginning tonight.  

K Younghoe Koo – The kicking competition has been fierce since the first day of camp, but there's nothing like having to come through under the pressure of a real game.  Sunday night is Koo's first chance to prove himself under the bright lights as he attempts to win the kicking job.  

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