Players Show Up And Show Out In Their Intrasquad Chargers Scrimmage

Day 10 of training camp marked an intrasquad scrimmage for the Chargers, just in time to get us pumped for that first preseason game. Let's look at some takeaways!

Amanda-Marie Howard
Chargers Scrimmage: Los Angeles Chargers Fans Show Out For Chargers Training Camp In Costa Mesa, California. Photo Credit: Ryan Dyrud | LAFB Network
Los Angeles Chargers Fans Show Out For Chargers Training Camp In Costa Mesa, California. Photo Credit: Ryan Dyrud | LAFB Network

Day 10 of training camp marked an intrasquad Chargers scrimmage, just in time to get us pumped for that first preseason game. This scrimmage had it all, from 11 on 11 matchups, to RedZone work, and even some two-minute drills. Let’s look at some of the takeaways:

Gerald Everett Is Earning His Place After Chargers Scrimmage

Everett had quite a few catches during the scrimmage, and in the RedZone work, he was targeted three times and scored a touchdown.

Mike Williams remarked during a press conference on day four that Everett is hard to tackle, and with that physicality and the trust that’s been shown toward him already by Justin Herbert, everything seems to be working for Everett.

When I wrote about Everett before the preseason began, I thought he had a lot to prove, given that he hasn’t had the primary tight end role over the years. Though it’s not certain if he has TE1 locked up, he’s definitely making progress and fitting in well with this offensive scheme. 

DeAndre Carter Was The Winner Of The Night

My colleagues on the Guilty as Charged podcast could not say enough good things about Deandre Carter and with 69 receiving yards during this scrimmage, they think he could have a good shot for WR4.

Just the day before, Daniel Popper of The Athletic on day nine of camp remarked that “Carter now has six red zone touchdown catches in training camp.”

Carter had the highest receiving yards of his career last year at 296, and his 101-yard score during the touchdown return against The Falcons last season shows his speed. He seems to be the whole package and will be a welcome addition to a wide receiver room that’s been looking to diversify. 

The Defense Is Coming Together

On Guilty as Charged, it was mentioned how unstoppable the run defense was during this scrimmage, which was evident based on the lack of scoring. On one of Chase Daniel’s drives, Isaiah Spiller was stopped twice, once by Breiden Fehoko and another time by Damon Lloyd. Larry Rountree was stopped by Otito Ogbonnia. Nasir Adderley provided some good coverage throughout. Khalil Mack and Austin Ekeler battled it out and sometimes Ekeler was victorious and sometimes Mack.

Many familiar names were coming up that have been making impressions all of training camp like Adderley, Mack, and Fehoko, but it’s also great to see others stepping up like Lloyd. It will be interesting to see who still needs to prove themselves during these preseason games and who has already made an impression enough to either sit them out or play very little. 

Austin Ekeler Has Still Got It

There was a lot of talk early in camp about whether Ekeler’s load would be reduced this season. And based on this scrimmage, it’s clear he has no intention of slowing down. In addition to some rushing yards and a “one-handed catch,” he also scored the first touchdown during the scrimmage.

Though Ekeler seems to always find an opening, he couldn’t completely evade this defense, though this is great practice for him before the start of the season.

And this year it appears like he’s going to have a bit more help in the running back department in Joshua Kelley and Spiller.