Beginning of Chargers Mini Camp
Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
On Tuesday of this week I was fortunate enough to attend the first day of Los Angeles Chargers’ Mini Camp. Considering the recent debates swirling around the injury to Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Finals, I was eager to find out how NFL players and coaches address the inevitable injuries.
Although Coach Lynn doesn’t care to address injuries much, he responded to my question by saying, “We go through a thorough process, you know. We don’t put our players on the field until we feel they’re ready. Doctors looks at our players, our trainers, our strength and conditioning staff, my conversations with the players one on one. Sometimes we have to protect players from themself. So we let a players go out even if he wants to go out. But we’ve been pretty good about that since I’ve been here.”
Coach Lynn went on to explain the purpose of these next could days, “this Mini Camp is about everyone getting on the same page before we go to training camp.”
According to Melvin Gordon when deciding to coming back from an injury, “When you go out and run through your drills, and you feel like yourself. you’ll know! You can’t lie to yourself! If you go out there cutting and it don’t feel right, then you know you’re not ready. I don’t feel the trainers are going to force you to go out there; they can’t force you to go out there and do some things. He continued on to say, “You know your body netter than anyone!”
The quote of the day came from Chargers DE Melvin Ingram when he responded to as question about them being the team to beat in the AFC, “We are the team to beat in the NFL, not just the AFC.”
As you may have expected, Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley had nothing but glowing thoughts to share about Melvin Ingram by saying,“you hope to have that with every position group; that spirit, you know, that love of the game. When he’s back he lights up the room and a guy that’s sits right in the front rower by me.”
Coming up one game away from the Super Bowl last season, the Charges have not lost any enthusiasm or confidence about returning to that point in this season. With a veteran QB and a young aggressive defense these Chargers do have the makeup and talent to make a deep playoff run. Please share your thoughts with us about the upcoming Chargers season, by reaching out to us on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter, or by commenting in the comment section of this article onwww.whatsgoodinsports.com.