Take a look at the entire Bolts roster leading into 2018 Preseason.
As we near the start of training camp on July 28, we’ll preview each position for the Los Angeles Chargers. We continue with the offensive linemen.
T Russell Okung – Okung was everything the Bolts hoped he’d be and more when they inked him to a long-term deal in 2017. He stabilized Philip Rivers’ blindside, playing a key role anchoring a line that allowed number 17 to be sacked a league-low 18 times. As a result, he earned his second career trip to the Pro Bowl. A true student of the game, Offensive Line Coach Pat Meyer lauded Okung for the cerebral way he attacks it in addition to his strength, length and athleticism.
T Joe Barksdale – This marks the fourth season Barksdale will man the right tackle position for the Chargers. A steady, reliable veteran, Meyer noted that he believes Barksdale’s best days are yet to come, praising him for being “long, heavy and smart.”
T/G Michael Schofield – The Chargers made it a priority to bring Michael Schofield back into the fold, re-signing the versatile 6-6, 301-pounder to a two-year deal on the first day of free agency. Claimed off waivers just before the start of the season, Schofield started five of the 15 games he appeared in. While he worked primarily at tackle last year, he served as the team’s starting right guard during this year’s offseason program.
T Sam Tevi – It’s crazy to think Tevi is only entering his fourth season playing on the offensive line after transitioning to the group his junior year at Utah. As the team’s sixth-round pick in 2017, the ultra-athletic Tevi appeared in 14 games as a rookie, starting at left tackle in Week 16’s win over the New York Jets. His development will be top of mind throughout training camp.
G Dan Feeney – The team’s third-round pick out of Indiana a year ago, Feeney was thrust into a starting spot midway through the year after Matt Slauson suffered a season-ending pectoral injury. The 6-4, 310-pounder emerged as a steadying force up front in those nine starts, showing a glimpse of a bright future in the NFL. In fact, Feeney was named a member of NFL.com’s All-Under-25 Team.
G Forrest Lamp – There may not be a player Chargers fans are more eager to see in the coming weeks than Lamp, who missed all of 2017 after suffering an ACL injury early in training camp. A second-round pick a year ago, he was considered by most as the steal of the NFL Draft, but unfortunately didn’t see the field at all his rookie year. How the Bolts bring him along will be top of mind heading into the regular season.
C Mike Pouncey – The Chargers were shocked when Pouncey was surprisingly released by the Miami Dolphins early in free agency. They immediately pounced on the three-time Pro Bowler, signing the veteran center to a two-year contract. Pouncey has been a mainstay up front his entire career, appearing in at least 12 games all but one season of his career. Lauded for his leadership ability, he’s already been an invaluable presence to the team’s young linemen throughout the offseason.
C Spencer Pulley – Give credit to Pulley. After starting all 16 games at center a year ago, he hasn’t complained once about shifting to a reserve role at both guard and center following Pouncey’s arrival. You can never have enough quality depth up front, so Pulley still figures to play a prominent role for the Bolts this season.
C/G Scott Quessenberry – A life-long Chargers fan, L.A. selected the 6-3, 310-pound UCLA mauler with the 155th overall pick in the fifth round of this year’s draft. Primarily a center with the Bruins, the La Costa native has also split his time working at guard.
G Brett Boyko – Spending most of the past two seasons on the practice squad, Boyko made his NFL debut in last year’s win over the Jets. He now looks to make the active roster straight out of training camp for the first time in his career.
C/G Cole Toner – The Harvard product spent the latter portion of the 2017 campaign on the Chargers practice squad. The 6-5, 300-pound Toner was initially the Arizona Cardinals’ fifth-round pick (170th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.
T Zachary Crabtree – Hailing from the same alma mater as Okung, Crabtree protected Mason Rudolph’s blindside a year ago for Oklahoma State. The Chargers made sure to sign the 6-7, 310-pounder as an undrafted free agent after he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2017.
T Chris Durant – The 6-4, 310-pound tackle from William & Mary started all four years for the Tribe. The Chargers inked him following the draft after a career in which he was a three-time third-team All-CAA selection.
G Zack Golditch – Another rookie free agent, the 6-5, 295-pound Golditch appeared in 43 games with 38 starts over his career at Colorado State. The Rams offense ranked No. 11 in the country during his senior season, in which Golditch was a first-team All-Mountain West selection. He was also part of an offensive line that averaged just one sack allowed-per-game as a junior.
T Trent Scott – The 6-5, 320-pound Grambling State star signed with the Bolts immediately after the draft. Scott allowed only three sacks throughout his entire collegiate career, and is fresh off a dominating senior season in which he had 39 pancake blocks without allowing a single sack.
We’re Keeping Our Eye On…
Ricky Henne: How can it be anyone other than Forrest Lamp? We don’t know when exactly he’ll see the field, but whenever he does, I’m eager to see the player the Bolts stole in the second round in 2017. We may have had to wait a year longer than we thought, and who knows how long it might take him to get up to speed, but I can’t wait to see Lamp back out there with that Chargers jersey again.
Hayley Elwood: Dan Feeney. So much of who I’m watching during camp is predicated on seeing if those players can take the next step in 2018. Feeney is one of those guys. In 2017, he started nine contests for the Bolts after stepping in at left guard for Matt Slauson, cementing his position as one of the line’s starting five. But as serviceable as Feeney was in 2017, I’m curious to see how much more natural the game will feel for him in 2018.
Chris Hayre: Like everyone else headed out to training camp, I’ll be locked in on the team’s biggest free-agent acquisition, Mike Pouncey. The three-time Pro Bowler gives Philip Rivers a caliber of center he hasn’t had since the Nick Hardwick days. It’s difficult to gauge in t-shirts and shorts, but fans should notice how valuable Pouncey will be to this offensive line when the pads come on.
The Chargers’ 2018 training camp schedule is official, so mark your calendars to watch the Bolts prepare for the upcoming season! The team will hold 14 practices open to the public between July 28 and August 23. For more information, please visit www.chargers.com/camp.