COSTA MESA, California. – Anthony Lynn on Wednesday addressed a number of topics about training camp reporting to the Los Angeles Chargers, but one thing he didn’t have to discuss was his star player.
Any possibility of that happening became a muted point on Tuesday night, when the franchise agreed to an extension to a five-year contract that would make pass-roared Joey Bosa the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
Lynn said, “Joey has been tied up for a while, and we’re all excited about it. We have some other people coming in with contracts, but time will tell.” “It’s a low distraction you have to deal with.”
Lynn – who is entering his fourth season as a coach – is well aware of how the mess of a holdout can affect everyone.
Last year, Melvin Gordon ran back to camp and did not report until the fourth week of the regular season. He finished with just 3.8 yards per carry in 2018, down from 5.1, and was not in sync for most of the season. Gordon signed up with Denver during the offseason.
“It didn’t work with Melvin last year, but glad it’s working now,” said Lynn. “It’s my job to make these players and feel like Superman. I step back when they want to get paid like Superman.”
Bosa’s expansion is $ 135 million, with $ 102 million guaranteed. It goes beyond the five-year, $ 125 million expansion that Myles Garrett of Cleveland signed two weeks ago.
Lynn said all 86 players on the roster have reported for the camp and no one is aware of him being placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Players may end up on the list due to contact with a virus or someone infected with a positive test.
He also said that no player has contacted him about his exit from the upcoming season.
Rookies reported last Saturday and are already doing conditioning workouts as well as walkthroughs with the coaching staff. The entire team will not be on the field until Monday.
Lynn’s initial messages to the team are reprinting that it is away from a normal training camp due to the coronovirus protocol and canceling games to be canceled. He has also been promoting self-discipline.
“Everyday there is chaos. We have to welcome the chaos. We have to think about our players and rethink them,” he said. “The goals have not changed, but the most disciplined teams are going to stay ahead. We have two rivals – our schedule and COID-19. Both game plans are equally important.”
After going past a disappointing 5–11 last season, Lynn does not have much time to prepare for a team that has significant changes in key positions. Tyrod Taylor is on the driver’s seat to start at quarterback against the Bengals, but first-round pick Justin Herbert will also get his share rep. Austin Eckler took over as the main running back while the offensive line will have at least three new starter.
On defense, cornerback Chris Harris comes from Denver and teamed with Casey Hayward Jr. and safety Darwin James.
“If you’re a late bloomer or slow learner, this camp is going to be a challenge,” Lynn said. “We have to be creative in how we practice because we’re going to do more, but we have some good experienced coaches.”