The Chargers sign a veteran kicker in preparation for the offseason training program, rookies arrive in San Diego this week, and an interesting look at the Bolts' top draft pick Ryan Mathews...
CHARGERS SIGN VETERAN KICKER
In a move that should please the anti-Nate Kaeding contingent, the San Diego Chargers have signed veteran NFL placekicker Mike Novak to a one-year deal. While some may look at this move as a signal that Nate Kaeding is in danger of losing his job, the signing of Novak is likely serves simply to ease the pressure off of Kaeding during training camp, as he is still recovering from a groin injury. Nevertheless, it will still be interesting to see if Novak sticks, as AJ Smith has tried in the past to experiment with carrying two placekickers on the roster in addition to a punter.
ROOKIES SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN SAN DIEGO THIS WEEK
The Chargers are bringing in their rookies this week to get them up to speed on how camp will work as they progress through the summer. The trainers and coaches will get them acclimated to the facility and structure of the offseason program, and will also spend a considerable amount of time in the classroom going over the scheme and positional responsibilities.
This time will be critical for the mid to late round draft picks as they are not guaranteed roster spots and will face fierce competition from the veterans already on the team. This will be especially true for guys like Cam Thomas and Darrell Stuckey who are coming to a team where they will not be automatically inserted into the lineup, unlike Ryan Matthews and perhaps Donald Butler (special teams). Even Dedrick Epps is more or less safe as the Chargers only have 2 tight ends and need a third. Thomas in particular will need to work on his consistency, a knock on him coming out in the draft.
UNION-TRIBUNE PROFILES RYAN MATHEWS
In what is becoming an increasingly high-quality production, the San Diego Union-Tribune has debuted another Chargers video, this time profiling Ryan Mathews' path toward the pro level:
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