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5 Things We’ve Learned From San Diego Chargers’ Early OTAs

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5 Things We've Learned From Chargers' Early OTAs

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The San Diego Chargers are getting back on the gridiron after a terrific first season under Mike McCoy. With their fair share of change across the roster just like many other NFL teams, the Bolts have some work to do during OTAs to get prepared for the upcoming campaign. Here are five things we've learned so far from the early work they've put in.

5. Still an Up-tempo Offense

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5. Still an Up-tempo Offense

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Frank Reich took over as the Chargers offensive coordinator this offseason, replacing Ken Whisenhunt, who is now coaching the Tennessee Titans. In 2013 Reich joined the Chargers’ staff as the quarterbacks coach, and he has developed a good rapport with QB Philip Rivers. According to reports, the Chargers are still showing tendencies to play fast on offense. Get ready for Rivers to sling it around a lot this season.

4. Watch Out For Jahleel Addae

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4. Watch Out For Jahleel Addae

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Marcus Gilchrist (Clemson shout out) finished third in tackles for the Chargers last season after starting every game. Jahleel Addae seems to be in great shape for OTAs, and he played well late last season, his rookie campaign. This job is Gilchrist’s to lose, but Addae may see some more playing time this season. If they continue to prove themselves they could both receive a lot of playing time in defensive coordinator John Pagano’s system.

3. WR Malcom Floyd Might Be Back

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3. WR Malcom Floyd Might Be Back

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Floyd, 32, suffered a serious neck injury in Week 2 last season against the Philadelphia Eagles. Floyd worked with the first unit, along with Keenan Allen, and he actually took a pretty good hit by linebacker Donald Butler (who braced the hit as much as he could) who got caught in the air. Floyd actually spoke to reporters saying he thinks he’s ready for regular contact now.

2. Keep an Eye on Chris Davis

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2. Keep an Eye on Chris Davis

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Chris Davis, an undrafted rookie free agent cornerback out of Auburn, continues to make plays during OTAs. Most know Davis for returning the missed field goal 109 yards for the winning touchdown in the Iron Bowl. Davis has not brought it up with his Chargers’ teammates so far, according to Eric Weddle, instead letting his work with the Chargers speak for itself. RB Branden Oliver and TE Ryan Otten are also among those who have stood out so far.

1. Emphasizing the Importance of Red Zone Efficiency

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1. Emphasizing the Importance of Red Zone Efficiency

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The Chargers recognize how important red zone efficiency is (don’t settle for a FG and don’t turn the ball over), and they are putting more emphasis on it in OTAs. In 2013, the Chargers ranked first in TOP (33.35) and third down conversions (49 percent), third in first-downs per game (23.4) and fifth in YPG (393.3), but they were only 12th in PPG (24.8). The Chargers were good, but they know they need to be better in the red zone.