The Los Angeles Chargers had a couple of special visitors for the first two padded practices of training camp. SiriusXM NFL Radio Hosts Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt were on hand at Jack Hammett Sports Complex taking in the action prior to broadcasting their show, "Late Hits", from Costa Mesa.
Having grown up a Chargers fan, Marvez relishes any chance he gets to watch the Bolts practice and is encouraged by what he saw.
What's the biggest thing working for the Bolts in 2018? According to Marvez, it's the continuity at the top.
"I have to give Anthony Lynn a lot of credit," Marvez said. "Not only did he assemble a good first coaching staff, but on top of that, (he got) Gus Bradley and Ken Whisenhunt signed to contract extensions (this season). Having that continuity (allows) players to know what to expect from Anthony Lynn entering year two…. I think the sky's the limit for this Chargers team. Especially in a division where there are no other really standout teams."
Marvez cited 2018 as a "pivotal" year for the Chargers. After all, the team won nine of their last 12 games last season, finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2014. But the pieces that the team has now are ones he thinks will set them up for success.
"On paper, this is the best Chargers team we've seen in some time," he added. "They're trying to build some quality depth, and that's always an earmark for a good team. You saw what happened with the Philadelphia Eagles last year. It was depth that really pulled them through…. I feel like this is a team now, too, that isn't drafting per need per se, because they've been able to establish such a quality roster."
One of those pieces is Mike Williams. The wideout is fully healthy and has assembled a solid training camp thus far. For Marvez, seeing number 81 on the field was a welcome surprise, and adds the surrounding receiving corps will only help his development.
"The nice thing for Mike is, he does have Keenan Allen, he does have Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin. You have a lot of guys who can pick up the slack and it's not like you're throwing a guy out there to immediately contribute. But, he wants to immediately contribute. It's a huge training camp for him and at least he can participate in it."
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