By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Just as this has been a unique year in America, it’s been just as unique for the world of sports. The National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer has created bubbles to complete their season. Major League Baseball has implemented a no fans policy in an attempt to start and complete their season. The National Football League as well as the Los Angeles Chargers have also taken multiple measures to prepare for the upcoming NFL season.
The Chargers kicked off their training camp on August 14 at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, CA. Their first day in pads was on Monday, August 17th oddly enough with no fans in attendance. Some very noticeable differences from previous camps would be Chargers coaches and staff are all wearing masks. Latex gloves and hand sanitizer are readily available for coaches and trainers to keep the team healthy in the era of COVID 19. There are also yellow x’s painted on the sidelines for the media to practice social distancing since the players can’t.
Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn said in a Zoom press conference a few short weeks ago that “We (the Chargers) are playing two opponents, Covid19 and the one on our schedule!” He also mentioned that “The Chargers have not had anyone opt out of the NFL season.” When asked how that will impact the season, Coach Lynn said, “the most responsible team will win this season!” This message has been well received by the entire team.
This team is solid in many areas. Though to be great, they will need the Offensive Line and Linebacking Corps, having watched this team closely over the past two seasons. They made some moves to address both position groups this offseason, and it will be interesting to see which moves will have the most impact on this team this season.
The acquisition of veterans Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga should immediately improve that offensive line, which was much too porous last season. 27-year-old Thomas is a former third-round draft pick that has made has made five straight Pro Bowls for the Carolina Panthers. Bulaga come over from Green Bay where he protected Aaron Rodgers, having played 12 or more games in 7 of the past 9 seasons.
A Former OU Sooner Kenneth Murray is a big, fast linebacker that is expected to fill the holes and be a sure tackler for this defense. Murray appeared in 40 career games for the Sooners, while amassing 325 tackles (36.5 for loss), and 9.5 sacks. The 23rd pick of 2020 has a chance to earn some playing time while simultaneously improving that Chargers run defense. “Man can he run well; I’m surprised at how fast he’s picked things up!” Said Chargers Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley when talking about Murray.
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