COSTA MESA — Coaching camp and three exhibitions pale of their rearview mirror, cutdown day got here and went, gamers have been signed to the observe squad and one was signed so as to add depth and expertise to an necessary place, and the season-opening recreation was nonetheless some days away.
So, what did the Chargers accomplish throughout Week 0, as this previous week has come to be recognized within the NFL?
“I believe that it offers the fellows an opportunity to breathe a bit of bit,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley mentioned. “You possibly can’t reduce what these guys simply went by way of with coaching camp and three preseason video games. I believe it means that you can get wholesome. I believe it means that you can deal with fundamentals and it means that you can perhaps take a look at some issues schematically. You then get into recreation week, and you realize that you simply’re headed someplace. I actually like this week. I believe it’s actually good by the NFL.”
The Chargers’ schedule will get busier beginning subsequent week after they return to the observe subject to start preparations to face the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 11 at SoFi Stadium. The Chargers then journey to face one other AFC West rival, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, on Sept. 15 in a Thursday evening matchup.
“As soon as Sunday, Monday rolls round, and we get that additional day, we’ll put all of our consideration to the Raiders,” Chargers defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill mentioned. “We are able to’t look ahead to Ok.C. as a result of the Raiders are a very good opponent. They’re a brand new group with a brand new coach, so we have now to be centered on all of these issues to get us ready so we will begin the season off proper.”
ALL ABOUT SONY
Working again Sony Michel’s one-year contract with the Chargers carries a $1.035 million wage cap hit, per figures compiled by the overthecap.com. Michel’s signing leaves the Chargers with $8.4 million in cap house, as of Friday, in accordance with the web site.
Michael, who performed final season with the Tremendous Bowl champion Rams earlier than signing with the Miami Dolphins within the offseason, mentioned he was comfortable to be again in Southern California, calling it “a cool alternative, one which’s barely acquainted, however not too acquainted as a result of it’s an entire completely different group.”
Staley mentioned Michel’s title was talked about within the days main as much as the draft as a free agent the Chargers may pursue within the offseason. The choice was then made to draft Isaiah Spiller within the fourth spherical from Texas A&M as a technique to bolster the Chargers’ operating backs corps.
When the Dolphins reasonably surprisingly launched Michel final week, the Chargers signed him as a probable backup to starter Austin Ekeler.
“Anyone of Sony Michel’s caliber, you’re clearly stunned,” Staley mentioned of Michel’s sudden availability. “However, it labored out for us.”
BACKUP QB DECISION
Chase Daniel and Easton Stick alternated halves through the Chargers’ exhibition video games towards the Rams, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. If there was a transparent winner within the competitors to be Justin Herbert’s backup, it wasn’t evident. Every quarterback was stable if unspectacular.
Staley mentioned this week the competitors for the backup job was ongoing.
“We’re going to get by way of the weekend after which we’ll go into recreation week subsequent week and assault that query,” he mentioned. “I’m actually happy with each guys. I felt like they’d actually high quality camps. I’m glad that each of them have been on our group, for positive.”
Is it attainable Daniel could possibly be lively one week and Stick the following?
“It may, for positive,” Staley mentioned. “That was form of our method final 12 months, too. I believe that’s a good evaluation.”