The final scene in last year's preseason script didn't go according to plan for Chargers wide receiver Artavis Scott.
Clemson's all-time receptions leader was having an exceptional 2018 training camp. Closing in on a roster spot, an ankle injury against the San Francisco 49ers in the exhibition finale ended his season.
Exactly a calendar year later, Scott finds himself in a similar position. This Thursday he'll return to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, looking to solidify himself as one of 53.
"I'm feeling good about it," Scott said. "… It's definitely going to be kind of weird [with] what happened last year, but I think that's going to be more motivation to just go out there and go let that light shine. I'm definitely going to be excited though, for sure."
Scott leads the Chargers this preseason with nine receptions for 133 yards. In each of the last two games, he's a made a 31-yard reception – one from Easton Stick, the other from Cardale Jones.
"It's pretty great to see how hard he overcame everything and how he attacked his rehab starting around last year [at] the time when the injury first happened," said Jones of Scott. "To come back [and] to see where he is now, all of us saw this coming. He's a hard-working guy."
Head coach Anthony Lynn said after Tuesday's practice that Scott was a consistent performer during training camp. On Thursday, he'll have an opportunity to seize the roster spot that eluded him last August.
"To see where I was from not walking to where I'm walking now, being back on this football field with my teammates, it's definitely a blessing," he said.
Starting QB announced – Lynn announced that Jones will start at quarterback against the 49ers, with rookie Easton Stick to follow.
In addition to Scott, Jones and Stick will be throwing the football to two other talented wide receivers competing to make the 53-man roster: Andre Patton and Geremy Davis.
"The things that they see, the things that they're doing, you can tell we weren't doing that when we were younger in this offense," Jones said. "It's pretty exciting to see and I'm excited to get out there with those guys."
Patton has touchdowns in each of the last two weeks. Davis, a regular contributor on special teams, appeared in 14 regular-season games in 2018.
Adderley to make NFL debut – Lynn told reporters Tuesday that second-round pick Nasir Adderley will make his NFL debut Thursday and play a couple of quarters.
The rookie safety missed much of training camp – and while he's behind – Lynn said he knows enough to play.
"I hope to see the play-making ball skills, his range, all the things he's showed on tape that he still has," Lynn said. "He just needs to get healthy. We're going to find out. He's going to play, so we're going to find out."