Day 1. 90 players. 53 man roster, 8 on the practice squad. The magic number is 61. So the competition begins.
Every year come the end of summer, the best part of the year begins. Players come to earn their spot on the Chargers’ roster. Undrafted free agents hoping to make a name for themselves, rookies learning the ropes, veteran returners and free agents trying to get back into the swing of things and prove themselves once again.
Chargers first full squad practice yesterday was definitely aggressive. With the Chargers bringing in the most veterans in the AFC West, rookies are fighting tooth and nail for a roster spot, which is bringing out the best in everyone.
“It’s always been a competitive camp and I think the guys enjoy going against one another, but I think this will be the most competitive camp we’ve had since I’ve been here. There are a lot of good football players 1-90 and there are a lot of guys competing. That’s what will help make us the best team” said Phillip Rivers after just finishing their first walk-thru practice.
The second most important factor in training camp is staying healthy. Charlie Whitehurst (QB) had his knee cave in after contact with another player and left practice early (Chargers are looking to bring in a third QB for camp). Jared Gaither suffered what is being described “full body cramp”. Whitehurst is said to be out 2-3 week, while Gaither will be back at practice tomorrow.
With just two weeks away until their first game, everyone is feeling the same sense of urgency (tired of the saying yet? Get use to it, I’m sure Norv will make it into a slogan!) Day 1 of a long season, hopefully.