This will be an audition for many players, who are trying to earn a role or simply bounce back from some poor practices the past couple of weeks.
With that, here nine members who need a strong outing tomorrow against Arizona.
With Russell Okung out, Scott is the next man up at left tackle. He was officially announced the starter in the first unofficial depth chart and it appears if Okung misses extended time, it will remain that way going into the regular season.
Scott has shown some promise during practices, but seeing him get live reps against the Cardinals first-team defense, which features edge rusher Chandler Jones, will be critical for him if he wishes to prove that he can protect quarterback Philip Rivers’ blindside when it actually matters.
Pipkins, the 2019 third-round selection, has experienced some struggles in practices. He’s gotten beat against strength and speed in one-on-one situations. That isn’t promising when knowing that pass protection was his strong suit while at Sioux Falls.
Pipkins was listed as the team’s backup left tackle behind Scott and it’s unlikely that he will be called upon to start in 2019. But if something happens to Scott then it’ll be Pipkins’ job, which means that he will need to show that he can adapt as early as the matchup against the Cardinals to prove he was worth the early investment.
The ball is in Lamp’s court. The former second-round selection has met expectations in camp by showing promise at left guard with the first-team. He’s listed as Michael Schofield’s backup at right guard, but nonetheless, he has made his early statement to becoming a starter in Week 1 of the regular season. Lamp will have show he’s 100 percent healthy and simply keeping outperforming Dan Feeney the next few weeks.
It appears like there’s been an undrafted free agent at the running back position that has flashed in the summer the past couple years. First, it was an Austin Ekeler and in 2018, it was Detrez Newsome. Could this year be RB Jeremy Cox? Cox is buried on the depth chart, but that comes as no surprise. Cox, the 6-foot and 235 pound back, could display his unique skillset for his size and make his case for the final roster spot.
With wide receivers Travis Benjamin and Andre Patton game-time decisions for Thursday’s matchup, the undrafted free agent can continue his strong camp and show that he’s worthy of the last spot if they elect to keep six wideouts on the 53-man roster.
Watkins was on his way to earning the starting job last season, but a knee injury prevented him from getting on to the field. Now, despite being listed as third on the depth chart behind Rayshawn Jenkins and Desmond King, he will have work his way back up with strong performances to fend them off, along with rookie Nasir Adderley. With Adderley out on Thursday, this will be a great opportunity for him with the extended snaps he receives.
Springs has been a standout this summer by showing to be sticky in coverage, posting two interceptions and one pass defensed in practice. Springs could creep up the depth chart and surpass Brandon Facyson for the final roster spot in the cornerback room.
The Chargers made the point to make the linebacker position one of the deepest positional groups. Because of that, Dzubnar’s spot on the roster is on the line. He’s been a key special teamer the past couple seasons, but it’ll take more than that. It will take a really strong showing against the Cardinals for Dzubnar to play his way off the roster bubble.