We're merely days away from the start of training camp as the Los Angeles Chargers take the field at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Saturday.
As always, there are several storylines and players you should pay particular attention to when you come out to practice.
To get you ready, the radio voice of the Chargers, Matt "Money" Smith, weighed in with his top five Chargers to keep an eye on.
The body beautiful players always catch your eye. Combine that with his production at Clemson that led to him being the seventh-overall pick in the 2017 draft, and he could have a major impact on this passing game. Factor in his injury that led to a lost rookie season, and it's no wonder we want to see what a healthy Williams is capable of producing.
The 2017 Chargers operated with an interior offensive line that was thrown together on the fly. Much of that was due to Lamp's training camp injury that took away the 2017 NFL Draft's top-rated guard from the team's plans. Essentially, the Chargers are getting two first round and two second round picks added to their roster this season, and of those four, Lamp is the most likely to have an immediate impact.
Nothing against Spencer Pulley, who battled through pain and even injury all season long, but there were times when the Chargers' starting center appeared overmatched in 2017. I know there were health concerns about Pouncey the last couple seasons in Miami, but adding a multiple-time Pro Bowl center to this line is going to do wonders for that group as a whole.
I think everyone is excited about what Derwin James is going to bring to this team this year, but of all the draft picks, the one I'm most interested in watching is White. Think of what Deone Bucannon does for the Cards or Deion Jones with the Falcons, and that's what Tom Telesco, Anthony Lynn and Gus Bradley are working with here. A supreme athlete that can really move, but also packs a thump when he hits you.
None of what we are excited about when it comes to this Chargers team matters a lick if Philip Rivers isn't what we expect him to be. A Pro Bowl, elite, top tier signal caller that guides an offense full of tantalizing weapons at his disposal. I have no reason to think he's slipping, but at 36, you still want to see it just to be sure.