Los Angeles Chargers Open Up Training Camp

 Los Angeles Chargers come from near and far to support them on opening day of Training Camp.
Los Angeles Chargers come from near and far to support them on opening day of Training Camp.

Los Angeles Chargers Open Up Training Camp

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

The Los Angeles Chargers kicked off their 2019 Training Camp at Orange Coast College in Orange County this week. Coming off their heart-breaking loss in the AFC Championship last season, these Chargers aren’t seeking to duplicate last season’s performance. They are seeking to represent the AFC in the 2020 Superbowl to be televised on Fox and hosted by the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Knowing what they accomplished last season Head Coach Anthony Lynn made it clear that, “What we did last year, we can’t carry that over to this year. This is a different football team and I want to make sure everyone understands that. We have a good character group, hardworking guys, we’ve kept our core together as best we could. So, I expect these guys to show up, work hard and help one another to get better.”

Understanding that the defense will need to be better, and specifically the linebacking group, I ask Coach Lynn about the addition of veteran Linebacker Thomas Davis and his response was as follows, “Thomas is a heck of a linebacker, he going to bring leadership and experience. I love his energy. First, he has to learn our system. Going through camp we would hold him out some to make sure he’s fresh for Week 1.”

As a follow up question, I asked him about the health of long time Charger Denzell Perriman, “Denzell looks fine. He got a little tight in his conditioning test. We limited his reps today and tomorrow; but he’ll be fine coming of his knee injury.”

To get a player’s perspective, I was granted a few moments with 3rd year Veteran Defensive End Los Angeles Chargers Anthony Lanier. Lanier and I, discussed everything from his health to his offseason and if pineapples belong on pizza. As it turns out, he spent his off-season participating in his football camp in Savannah, GA. as well as sharing his popularity and fame to kids in Houston, TX. In his own words, “it takes a village to raise a man, or a child!”

As for on the field Lanier looks to bring “more physicality” to their “high-energy, “ defense. Lanier make a point to mention that on their defense, “you can learn from anyone and no one has a big ego. Everybody is helping each other and trying to get better.” This should be a great sign for Chargers fans for the upcoming season. As this unit continues to build comradery which would likely pay dividends late in this coming season.

Though it’s early in training camp and no games have been played to this point, what are your thoughts on the Chargers potential this season and where would you expect to finish the season. In addition to the coaches and players I chatted with some longtime fans about the Chargers potential this season. Carlos Meza of Whittier and Chargers fan since 1994, said he expects the Bolts to win the division and represent the AFC in this years Superbowl. As does Daniel Finley, Chargers fan since 1999, expect the Los Angeles Chargers to play in the final game in Miami, Fl. This season. What are you expectations of the Los Angeles Chargers.

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