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Mailbag: Surprising Playmakers and More at Camp 

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Q: Henne gimme one player on offense who is ballin’ out but is not named Mike Williams. – Spencer Greene

A: That’s easy for me…and it’s another wideout. I think Geremy Davis has had a fantastic camp. You probably saw his huge 47-yard touchdown against the Cardinals, which was the cherry on top of a big day in the preseason opener when he led all players with 88 yards. Well, that was just a continuation of what he’s done all camp. Davis was somewhat quiet as a receiver last week against the Seahawks, but I thought he had a heck of a day on special teams. He provided the final block to break JJ Jones loose on his punt return for a touchdown. Not only that, but Davis also came close to blocking a couple punts before they could even get to the returner. The UConn product has steadily improved each year he’s been with the Bolts. The wideout position is pretty stacked for the Chargers, yet Davis is still finding ways to show out.

Q: Anyone surprise you this year at camp? I came out to the Blue-White scrimmage and liked what I saw from Rayshawn Jenkins. – Dan F.

A: That would make sense that Jenkins caught your eye because he had a pick that day if memory serves me correct. Regarding surprises at camp, I’m going to go with Mike Davis. You always expect development from year one to two, but he has taken his game to a height I didn’t expect this quickly. Everyone is saying how it is a “night and day” difference for the cornerback, and I fully endorse that sentiment. Another player who has surprised me is Mike Pouncey. Yes, he’s a former Pro Bowler who is firmly ensconced as one the game’s top centers. I expected a lot out of the veteran, but his athleticism has jumped out even more than I thought. As Whiz noted earlier this week, his ability to pull from the center position is pretty rare. Dan, I really encourage you to focus in on Pouncey when the Bolts play the Saints this weekend and watch just how athletic he is.

Q: Who would win in a race – Travis Benjamin or JJ Jones? – Tom Pino

A: Now this is a race I want to see! JJ Jones sure has some jets, showing off his 4.2 speed on his punt return a week ago. Still, I’d never bet against Travis Benjamin when it comes to pure speed. As fast as he looks from the stands or on TV, I’m telling you, he’s even faster when watching him from the sideline.

Q: What is Jeff Richards’ situation with the Chargers? How does he fit in with their scheme of things? – Haywood Boston

A: Nice to see a question about Jeff Richards! There are so many cornerbacks that get pub, from established vets like Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams to rising young players such as Desmond King, Mike Davis and Craig Mager as well undrafted rookies showing out like Tony Brown and Brandon Facyson. However, Richards is someone most fans seem to gloss over. After spending all of last season on the practice squad, the cornerback has been a steady part of the Bolts’ rotation throughout the summer. In fact, he’s currently leading the team with seven tackles. I think it’s also worth remembering what Defensive Backs Coach Ron Milus said about Richards heading into training camp when thinking about how he fits into the team:

“Jeff looks really good. He had a good offseason. He played safety for most of his career and was transitioning to corner when he was in training camp with Carolina. We were able to get him off waivers, and he is developing into a good corner with size. He gives us some length.”

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