Deciding to improve your chances, Charging device added a lot in the offseason, including four Super Bowl champions.
Reeder said Tuesday that when he looks at the 2022 Charger, he can spot a bit of the 2021 Rams.
“I was lucky to be around a team that did the right thing every day,” he said of last season with the Rams. “I see so much in common. I think this team has everything you need. We just need to put it all together.”
When asked about the details, Rieder mentioned the leadership of both teams. He also talked about having a quarterback who can “score any number of points in any game” and a defense that “could potentially shut down any team.”
Justin Herbert made the Pro Bowl in his second year as a quarterback, an offense that ranked in the NFL’s top five in points and total yards.
The Chargers then rebuilt their defense with talent and depth, moves that have helped greatly increase expectations for a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2018 season.
“The pieces are there,” Reeder said. “It’s about doing it week after week, staying healthy and peaking at the right time. These are things that you cannot control, some are under your control.”
Along with acquiring two former Rams as free agents, the Chargers also signed a linebacker. Kyle Van Noy and extreme defender JC Jackson. They were on the 2018 New England team that won the Super Bowl. Van Noy won another title with the 2016 Patriots.
After those four, the Chargers have no other players with Super Bowl rings. Tight end Gerald Everett (with the 2018 Rams) and long shooter Josh Harris (with the 2016 Atlanta Falcons) lost the Super Bowl.
Linebacker Morgan Fox was also a member of the 2018 Rams but missed the season due to injury.
Coach Brandon Staley often talked about the importance of having players with championship experience on a roster that is trying to achieve its own title.
“You know, week after week in the NFL, it’s not just about the last game,” Staley said. “It’s about the whole journey to get there. These guys know about the path to the goal, about what to do every day, and about the mindset that you need to have every single day. … This is not one thing. Lots of little things happen all the time. I am very glad that they are here because they will help us a lot.”
The Chargers are 21-28, having missed the playoffs in each of their last three seasons. The franchise has made it to one Super Bowl, losing to San Francisco in 1995.
“It’s really starting right now and it seems crazy that it just turned into August,” Reeder said. “The habits we are creating right now are what will drive us through September, October, November, and then hopefully through mid-February.”
On Tuesday, the Chargers had their longest practice at camp, lasting over two hours. Some highlights:
- In the first 11-on-11 period, Joshua Kelly had a big break in center as he fought for the top spot in the standings. 2 running back spots. He was followed by Justin Herbert, who completed the middle to Keenan Allen. Defensively, linebacker Damon Lloyd continued his strong play, scoring Larry Rowntree III at short range to stop him. Linebacker Andrew Brown rushed forward and disrupted the game.
- The offense then moved into a two-minute period designed to mimic the end of the first half. Herbert, flushed from his pocket, hooked up Jalen Guyton for a long haul and a run. After linebacker Nick Niemann sacked Herbert to interfere with the race, Dustin Hopkins missed a field goal from about 50 yards. Easton Stick then led the second team’s offense into field territory, where rookie James McCourt hit for 45 yards.
- During the following 11-on-11 session, the Chargers started with Everett doing a sweep. The veteran tight end is expected to be involved in several ways this season. Earlier at camp, Everett received a screen pass. Later, during a back-to-back game, Herbert was fired by Joey Boz and hit tight end Donald Parham Jr. in the seam for long reinforcement. Rookie defenseman Ja’Ser Taylor ended the session with a dainty pass on third down.
- In the final 11-on-11 quarterback Nasir Adderley knocked Herbert off a center pass. It was Herbert’s second interception at the training camp. Adderley had one career interception in 34 regular season games.
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Hopkins had a tough day, finishing fifth out of nine overall. He signed a three-year contract worth up to $9 million with $3.52 million guaranteed when signed in March. McCourt is a rookie free agent from Illinois.
Security Derwin James Jr. (contract negotiation), linebacker Drew Tranquill (groin), tight end Tre McKitty (undisclosed), and wide receiver Jason Moore Jr. (undisclosed) did not practice. … Van Noy went down briefly after colliding with wide receiver DeAndre Carter, but was able to stay on the field.