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Mailbag: Who is Impressing at Training Camp?

Posted Aug 13, 2014

You've got questions, we've got answers in our latest installment of our fan mailbag.

Q: There is so much depth all around, the battle to make this roster is insane! Which battles intrigue you the most? Thanks for all you do!– Evan Williams

A:  You are right in that the depth on the Chargers is quite impressive, and the players’ performances so far will make for a ton of tough decisions for General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Mike McCoy. You could make a strong case for pretty much each position group that they have the fiercest battle going on, but the one I’m most intrigued by is at linebacker.  The Bolts have a great mix of veteran experience and youthful potential, so I’m not only interested to see who will make the team, but who earns playing time in different types of scenarios.

Q: Personally, who has impressed you the most at training camp? – Eddie Coffman

A: I couldn’t be happier to write that the guy impressing me the most is Malcom Floyd.  We all know the scary injury he suffered early last year, so no one really knew what to expect from M-80.  What we’ve seen is a player who hasn’t lost a step and is routinely making his patented acrobatic catches and big plays.  I asked Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich about Floyd last week, and he said the wideout looks like a 25-year old out there.

What are you most looking forward to on offense and defense Friday night in Seattle?– Dave McDonald

A: Offensively I want to see how the team reacts to the hostile Seattle crowd.  Many regard CenturyLink Field to be the loudest stadium in the NFL, so there is no better way to get battle-ready for the road than these conditions in the Seahawks first game back after winning the Super Bowl.  Defensively, I want to see better tackling.  McCoy preached the need to improve that basic fundamental from their preseason opener, and it has been a point of emphasis all week long.  I want to see how the defense responds to that challenge.

Q: I think Ryan Mathews’ fumble on the one yard line was a good thing.  I believe he will really hold onto the ball now. What’s your take, Ricky? – David Miller

A:  It’s never a good thing to fumble in any situation.  After the game the whole team stressed the need for ball security and red zone efficiency.  However, McCoy reiterated numerous times that he will feed the ball to Mathews in that type of situation regularly, and for good reason.  Including the playoffs, Mathews had just two fumbles on 331 total touches (rushes plus receptions) last year.  He also only had two fumbles the year prior. Mathews tied his career high with seven combined touchdowns in 2013 as well, and the Bolts are adamant he is their leading man into 2014. Here is what McCoy said about using Mathews in those situations:

“He’s our bell-cow; I’m giving it to him again on the goal line.  He’s jumped over the top a number of times, and scored, in his entire career here.”

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