The Chargers close out the preseason Thursday night when they visit the San Francisco 49ers. How many snaps each player will receive is unknown, but here are 10 players to keep your eye on throughout the game:
G Forrest Lamp - It’s been a long time coming for last year’s second-round pick as he’ll finally make his NFL debut. By now everyone knows how Lamp missed his entire rookie year after sustaining a knee injury early in training camp. He’s worked tirelessly over the last 12 months, and it’s all led up to this as he looks to show exactly why he was considered the top interior lineman available in the 2017 NFL Draft.
DT Justin Jones - The Bolts’ third-round pick this year also figures to see the field for the first time in the NFL. Head Coach Anthony Lynn noted that a minor ailment has kept him sidelined in recent weeks as the team takes a cautious approach with the NC State product. Jones has impressed with his brute strength at the point of attack, so be sure to keep your eyes on number 91 when he is on the field.
S Derwin James - While the majority of starters will sit out the 49ers game as the Chargers take a closer look at the players on the so-called “bubble,” Lynn told reporters that James will take the field in San Francisco. The first-round pick started last week against the Saints, making his presence felt immediately with an early pick of Drew Brees.
RB Detrez Newsome - Newsome makes this list for the fourth straight game as he continues his quest to make the 53-man roster. He’s been the Bolts’ top weapon throughout the preseason, leading the team in carries (35), rushing yards (115) and receptions (nine).
C Cole Toner - The Chargers seem to have a lot of depth along the interior of the offensive line, and that includes the Harvard product entering his third year in the NFL. Toner joined the Bolts midway through the 2017 season, spending the rest of the year on the practice squad.
DT Steven Richardson - An undrafted free agent out of Minnesota, Richardson has made the most of his opportunities throughout training camp and the preseason. He picked up right where he left off as Golden Gopher, where he ended his solid career with 103 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 48 games.
WR Geremy Davis - Davis called this week’s game one of the most important of his career, knowing jobs can be won or lost based on the final preseason game. He’ll look to continue a strong summer in which he leads the team with 105 receiving yards and ranks third with seven receptions.
WR Artavis Scott - Another wideout looking to put the cherry on top of an impressive preseason is Scott, who ranks second on the team in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (82). The Clemson product spent all of last season on the Bolts’ practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent.
CB Brandon Facyson - The undrafted cornerback out of Virginia Tech started the preseason off with a bang by recording a diving interception in the first preseason game. Now, he looks to close the exhibition slate with an equally impressive performance in his quest to secure a roster spot. The 6-2, 197-pound Facyson boasts the size teams crave in a corner, and he’s used it to his advantage all summer long.
T Sam Tevi - Tevi is relatively new to the position as this marks only his fourth year as an offensive lineman. The Utah product was initially a defensive lineman, but switched over to the opposite side of the trenches his junior year. It proved to be a fortuitous decision as he was taken in the sixth-round by the Bolts a year ago. An impressive performance against the 49ers may help him lock down a spot as the team’s swing tackle.