Decided to enhance their probabilities, the Chargers added lots within the offseason, together with 4 Tremendous Bowl champions.
Two of them — linebacker Troy Reeder and defensive sort out Sebastian Joseph-Day — are reigning champions, having gained with the Rams final season.
On Tuesday, Reeder mentioned that when he appears to be like on the 2022 Chargers he can detect a little bit of the 2021 Rams.
“I was blessed to be around a group that did do it the right way every day,” he mentioned about final season with the Rams. “I see so many similarities in that here. I think this team has what it takes. We just have to put it all together.”
Requested for specifics, Reeder talked about the management of each groups. He additionally talked about having a quarterback who can “put up any number of points in any given game” and a protection that “can potentially shut out any team.”
Justin Herbert made the Professional Bowl in his second yr quarterbacking an offense that completed within the prime 5 NFL-wide in factors and whole yards.
The Chargers then rebuilt their protection, including expertise and depth all through, strikes that helped result in a major enhance in expectations for a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs because the 2018 season.
“The pieces are there,” Reeder mentioned. “It’s about doing it week in and week out and staying healthy and peaking at the right time. Those are things that, some are out of your control, some are in your control.”
Together with buying the 2 former Rams in free company, the Chargers additionally signed linebacker Kyle Van Noy and cornerback J.C. Jackson. They have been on the 2018 New England group that gained the Tremendous Bowl. Van Noy gained one other title with the 2016 Patriots.
After these 4, the Chargers haven’t any different gamers with Tremendous Bowl rings. Tight finish Gerald Everett (with the 2018 Rams) and lengthy snapper Josh Harris (with the 2016 Atlanta Falcons) have misplaced Tremendous Bowls.
Defensive lineman Morgan Fox additionally was a member of the 2018 Rams however missed the season due to harm.
Coach Brandon Staley has talked typically concerning the significance of getting gamers with championship expertise on a roster that’s making an attempt to construct towards its personal title.
“You know week in and week out in the NFL it’s not just about that last game,” Staley mentioned. “It’s about the entire journey to get there. Those guys know about the journey to get there, what it takes on a day-to-day basis, and that mindset that you need to have every single day. … It’s not any one thing. It’s a lot of little things that happen all of the time. I’m really glad that they’re here because they’re going to help us in a big way.”
The Chargers have gone 21-28 total whereas lacking the playoffs in every of the final three seasons. The franchise has made it to 1 Tremendous Bowl, shedding to San Francisco in 1995.
“That really starts right now, and it seems kind of crazy being that it just turned into August,” Reeder mentioned. “The habits that we’re creating right now are stuff that is going to drive us all the way through September, October, November, and then hopefully into mid-February.”
The Chargers had their longest follow of camp up to now Tuesday, going greater than two hours. Some highlights:
- Within the first 11-on-11 interval, Joshua Kelley had a robust run up the center as he battles for the No. 2 working again spot. Herbert adopted with a large completion over the center to Keenan Allen. Defensively, linebacker Damon Lloyd continued his robust play with a sack and a cease of Larry Rountree III in brief yardage. Defensive lineman Andrew Brown lower by to wreck a working play.
- The offense then went right into a two-minute interval meant to simulate the top of the primary half. Herbert, flushed from the pocket, connected with Jalen Guyton for an extended catch and run. After linebacker Nick Niemann sacked Herbert to thwart the drive, Dustin Hopkins missed a field-goal try from about 50 yards. Easton Stick then led the second-team offense into field-goal territory, the place rookie James McCourt made a 45-yarder.
- Throughout the subsequent 11-on-11 session, the Chargers opened by working Everett on a sweep. The veteran tight finish is anticipated to be employed a number of methods this season. Everett was the recipient of a display cross earlier in camp. On back-to-back performs later within the possession, Herbert was sacked by Joey Bosa and hit tight finish Donald Parham Jr. within the seam for an extended acquire. Rookie defensive again Ja’Sir Taylor ended the session with a nifty third-down cross breakup.
- The ultimate 11-on-11 interval included security Nasir Adderley selecting off Herbert on a cross over the center. It was Herbert’s second interception of coaching camp. Adderley has one profession interception in 34 regular-season video games.
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Hopkins had a troublesome day, ending 5 for 9 total. He signed a three-year contract value as much as $9 million with $3.52 million assured at signing in March. McCourt is a rookie free agent out of Illinois.
And so forth.
Security Derwin James Jr. (contract negotiation), linebacker Drue Tranquill (groin), tight finish Tre’ McKitty (undisclosed) and extensive receiver Jason Moore Jr. (undisclosed) didn’t follow. … Van Noy was down briefly after a collision with extensive receiver DeAndre Carter however was capable of stay on the sphere.