(Sports Network) -
REPORT DATES: July 22nd (rookies), July 25th (veterans)
SITE: Chargers Park, San Diego, CA
CAMP OBJECTIVES: Though back-to-back non-playoff finishes have created an
atmosphere of heightened urgency in what could be a make-or-break season for
head coach Norv Turner, the Chargers won't be going into training camp with a
whole lot of uncertainty on the depth chart. The team does have to replace two
important offensive pieces in playmaking wide receiver Vincent Jackson and
versatile running back Mike Tolbert, both of whom left in free agency, and
will be relying on a number of veteran newcomers to mesh quickly and help fill
those voids. Ex-Saint Robert Meachem will attempt to step into Jackson's shoes
as the new No. 1 receiver, with fellow additions Eddie Royal and Roscoe
Parrish also entering the wideout mix, while former 1,000-yard rusher Ronnie
Brown and Kansas City discard Jackie Battle are among those aiming to be the
main understudy to feature back Ryan Mathews. One newcomer to watch on defense
will be outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, San Diego's first-round pick in
April's draft who'll be asked to make an immediate impact as a pass-rushing
specialist and help fortify a problem area from a year ago. There's a possible
opening at safety as well, with offseason pickup Atari Bigby and rookie
Brandon Taylor (3rd Round, LSU) the top candidates.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug. 9 - vs. Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Aug. 18 - vs. Dallas, 9 p.m.
Aug. 24 - at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Aug. 30 - at San Francisco, 10:05 p.m.
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