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Five Players to Watch Tonight vs. Arizona

Take a look at all of the Chargers players that will be at training camp this year.

The Bolts return to Qualcomm Stadium for the second preseason game.  While it is unknown how much playing time each player will see, here are five Chargers to watch throughout the game vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

1. RB Melvin Gordon –The second year running back starred in limited action last week against the Tennessee Titans.  However, Gordon said to really make a statement, he has to go out and string together multiple performances and build off the opener.   Many will be watching to see how he responds after averaging 4.0 yards per carry and finding the end zone with a 44-yard catch-and-run.

2. WR Travis Benjamin –San Diego played it safe last week as Benjamin did not travel to Tennessee as he rested a minor ailment.  The wideout returned to practice this week, showing strong chemistry with Philip Rivers.  Still, tonight marks his first game with the Chargers, and fans are eager to see the speedster show off his explosive playmaking ability whether as a receiver or on special teams.

3. S Dexter McCoil – The CFL import naturally stands out in the secondary thanks to his unique 6-4, 220-pound frame.  Last week, he stood out for his play on the field, breaking up a pass in the end zone, scooping up a loose ball and dropping Tennessee's punt returner for a three-yard loss.  His next test will be to make a similar impact against Arizona, who ranked first in total offense in the NFL last year.

4. DT Tenny Palepoi – Palepoi is another Charger who did not play in the preseason opener as the team played it safe with those with minor bumps and bruises.  He was eased back into practice this week, and if he does play against the Cardinals, it will mark his first game action since 2014 after he missed last year with a foot injury suffered early in training camp.  Defensive line depth is further under the spotlight as well after Sean Lissemore was placed on season-ending IR with a shoulder injury.

5. QB Mike Bercovici ­–The battle for the backup quarterback position(s) is in full effect with the undrafted rookie competing with Kellen Clemens and Zach Mettenberger.  Bercovici will have fans on both sides of the ball tonight after endearing himself to Arizona fans after four seasons at Arizona State.  All eyes will be on the former Sun Devil, who tied a school record with 30 touchdown passes last year, completing 318 of 531 attempts (59.9%) for 3,855 yards. 

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