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Beat Writers Roundtable: Observations from Chargers Training Camp

Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and third-year offensive lineman Forrest Lamp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Costa Mesa, CA.
Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and third-year offensive lineman Forrest Lamp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Costa Mesa, CA.

After Thursday’s joint practice with the Rams, ESPN’s Eric Williams, the Los Angeles Times’ Jeff Miller and Orange County Register’s Gilbert Manzano came together for a Chargers roundtable discussion one week into training camp.

Catch up on the latest episode of Chargers Weekly, the official podcast of the team. In addition to the roundtable, player guests at camp have included defensive tackles Justin Jones and Damion Square, safeties Adrian Phillips and Rayshawn Jenkins, cornerback Trevor Williams, wide receiver Artavis Scott, kicker Michael Badgley, and defensive end Isaac Rochell.

Excerpts from Thursday's episode are below:

Observations from Thursday’s joint practice with the Rams:

EW: “I thought it was good work for both teams. I thought that the intensity level was there. The Chargers had six straight practices – four in pads – and I think they just needed to go against a different team, see somebody else. I think it’s a great evaluation tool for the coaches to get to see their players against another team this early in camp, to see those guys that have popped early – are they doing the same thing against different competition? So, I think if you’re Coach [Anthony] Lynn, you’re probably pretty pleased with how the day went.”

On the No. 4 and No. 5 wide receiver competition:

GM: “Every time I’m seeing someone make a play, I’m saying, ‘Who’s 11?’ It’s Geremy Davis – he’s been around the team a long time. I should know this, but he sticks around for a reason because he’s always making plays, especially in training camp. He’s so vital for special teams. But yeah, it’s kind of a pretty loaded competition. … [Andre] Patton’s doing well. Artavis Scott being healthy again and coming back, and showing off his socks every day – I like to see that. He’s making plays.”

JM: “I’d really like to see what [Scott] can do. He’s going to probably be doing some punt returns, maybe kick returns. … It’d be fun to see what he can do and if he can stay healthy, he might be able to really to break some plays that they’re going to need.”

On third-year offensive lineman Forrest Lamp:

EW: “He looks like the guy that they drafted in the second round and a lot of people thought was perhaps the best offensive lineman in the [2017] draft. … So, you’re starting to see the play strength. I mean, he’s a strong dude. We’ve seen him in run-game periods just pancake dudes and you’re just like, ‘Oh, OK.’ You better get low if you’re gonna go against Forrest because you’re just gonna get shucked to the ground.”

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