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Mailbag: Where Does Desmond King Fit In?

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Q: I’m a big Iowa Hawkeye fan and Charger fan and am wondering if Desmond King will get as much playing time knowing that Jason Verrett will be back? – Brock Budden

A: This is a fantastic question, and one that may evolve throughout the entire season. Verrett’s return along with the standout play of Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams gives the Bolts arguably the top three cornerback trio in the game. It’s so impressive that King, who would likely be a top-two corner on a number of teams, may see a dip in playing time as a result. I think we’ll get a better idea of how he fits in come training camp and the preseason, but I personally always bet on talent. King is able to thrive as the nickel corner as well as some safety, so I’d expect to see him on the field in several ways this season.

Q: How will Mike Williams be incorporated in Whisenhunt's offensive scheme, now that he's healthy for the whole season? – Eric Mellado

A: This is another storyline to keep a keen eye on over the summer. There’s no doubt that Williams has the talent, and skillset, to fill a meaningful role this season. He’s a huge target who is ideally suited in the red zone and for those contested catches when Rivers lobs the ball up and expects his target to make a play on it. Of course, Whiz’s system demands all the wideouts to be capable of playing each role. Still, what WR Coach Phil McGeoghan said about Williams popped into my brain when first reading this question:

“This is a big year for Mike. Obviously, everyone evaluated him at the Combine when he was coming out. He was an unbelievable talent…. He is a big-bodied guy with a huge catch radius. Very strong hands. Some of the biggest hands I’ve ever had as a position coach. Just a really dynamic red zone threat. He’s tough, too. He has an edge to him. He’s very strong. He’s working really hard, and I’m excited about this guy.”

Q: Will the Chargers make the fan-beloved all navy uniforms their default home game uniform? I have seen the players wearing variations of it during practice. – Omar Garcia

A: That was certainly a popular look, but the team won’t be revealing their uniform schedule for a few weeks. It’s still being fine-tuned, but I think fans will like how it’s coming together.

The Chargers’ 2018 training camp schedule is official, so mark your calendars to watch the Bolts prepare for the upcoming season! The team will hold 14 practices open to the public between July 28 and August 23. For more information, please visit www.chargers.com/camp.

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