COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Lynn is trying his best to quiet any doubts that Tyrod Taylor will be the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback to start the season.
Lynn again gave Taylor plenty of endorsements on Wednesday as he discussed how things are progressing during the early stages of training camp.
“He hasn’t started in a couple years, and he’s going to get that opportunity this year. I think he’s gonna be just fine," Lynn said about Taylor.
Lynn knows what Taylor can do from the two years they were together in Buffalo, including in 2016 when Lynn was promoted to offensive coordinator two weeks into the season. Taylor was signed by Los Angeles last year and became the presumptive starter when Philip Rivers signed with Indianapolis.
Lynn slightly lamented that he hasn't had an offseason to work closely with Taylor, but that the 10-year veteran knows what Lynn is expecting.
“He throws one of best deep balls in the game but now he’s got a tight end threat with Hunter Henry inside. So now we’ll have to throw the ball between the hash marks a little bit,” Lynn said. “He takes care of the football. That’s the thing I like about him the most.”
With rookies reporting before veterans, Justin Herbert got on the field a couple of days before Taylor. Herbert, who was the sixth overall pick in April's draft, is starting to get up to speed on the offense during walkthroughs, but how much progress he is making won't be known for another couple of weeks until practices truly ramp up.
What has pleased Lynn the most so far is that none of his players haven't had to be placed on the COVID-19/reserve list and no one has indicated they are planning to opt out of the upcoming season.
“We review the protocols all the time. Guys get bored with the protocols but we're just trying to be as careful as we can,” he said.
Notes: Lynn said C Mike Pouncey is in great shape after having neck surgery last season and remains on schedule to start the season. ... Without preseason games, the Chargers are evaluating whether to have a scrimmage or practice at SoFi Stadium. The team's first scheduled game in the new Inglewood stadium is Sept. 20 against Kansas City. ... Dan Shamash has been promoted to assistant tight end coach after being an offensive assistant last season.
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