Los Angeles Chargers Play the Arizona Cardinals

 Austin Ekeler finds an opening against the Cardinals in the Chargers Pre-Season opener. (Courtesy Photo)
Austin Ekeler finds an opening against the Cardinals in the Chargers Pre-Season opener. (Courtesy Photo)

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

It’s still hard for me to believe the Chargers are no longer playing football in San Diego. As surprising as that may be, they have seemingly found a nice training facility in Orange County. During the Pre-Season the Chargers are practicing at Orange Coast College, where they allow their fans to come out and watch them practice throughout training camp.

When talking to some of the fans in attendance this past weekend, I was interested in getting a gauge of what their expectations were for the Chargers. San Diego native Matthew Gerrero and Juan Osuna came up to see their team practice, they both expect the Chargers to win the division. Santa Monica’s Myles Amitin and Murrieta’s Eric Donley also were in attendance and told me, “This team should win the AFC West.”

As with every NFL team at this point in their season, they each have uncertainties and questions to have answered. The Chargers, however, have more than the health of their linebacking group to be concerned with, and the contractual issues with Melvin Gordon’s continuing to be an increasingly major issue for them. Yet their initial Pre-Season game gave them a chance to see how they’re young, but talented backfield, responds in live-action.

On their first offensive drive, Chargers backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor took his team on a drive that led them into scoring position. Though Austin Ekeler did some good things on the drive, fumbled inside the 5-yard line took points off the board.

The Chargers defense would have to face the recent #1 draft pick and Heisman Award winner Kyler Murray, quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. Though the accurate and athletic Murray is likely to surprise many teams this season, he was sacked on their first 3rd down pass attempt. Though he responded by completing his initial 5 passes in the subsequent drive.

Pre-season games are a good time for these young players to learn to rebound from their mistakes. Rookie Quarterback Easton Stick proved he could bounce back from adversity by throwing an Interception early and coming back to lead his team into the end zone.

According to Head Coach Anthony Lynn he had this to say about the game, “Our situational football could have been better. Our 2-minute situation could have been better, our 4-minute situation could have been better!”

Melvin Gordon’s contract dispute has rightfully garnered the attention from Chargers brass and fans. This situation leads a shortlist of concerns I have for this 2019 Los Angeles Chargers team. Among the concerns, I would be worried about the health of their veteran linebackers Denzel Perryman and Thomas Davis, as each man has been injured in recent years and the play of the offensive line considering the age of their QB Phillip Rivers.

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