Troy Reeder identifies super similarities between Chargers and Rams

Determined to improve their chances, the Chargers added a lot in the offseason, including four Super Bowl champions.

Two of them — linebacker Trojan Reeder and defensive tackle Sebastien Joseph-Day — are defending champions, having won with the Rams last season.

On Tuesday, Reeder said when he watches the 2022 Chargers, he can detect a bit of the 2021 Rams.

“I was lucky to be surrounded by a group that did well every day,” he said of last season with the Rams. “I see so many similarities in there. I think this team has what it takes. We just have to put everything together.”

Asked about the specifics, Reeder mentioned the leadership of both teams. He also talked about having a quarterback who can “put up any number of points in any given game” and a defense that “can potentially shut out any team.”

Justin Herbert made the Pro Bowl in his second year as a quarterback, an offense that finished in the NFL’s top five in total points and yards.

The Chargers then rebuilt their defense, adding talent and depth throughout, moves that have contributed to a significant boost in expectations for a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2018 season.

“The pieces are there,” Reeder said. “It’s about doing it week after week and staying healthy and peaking at the right time. These are things that, some are out of your control, some are within your control.

In addition to acquiring the two former Rams in free agency, the Chargers also signed a linebacker Kyle Van Noy and cornerback JC Jackson. They were part of the 2018 New England team that won the Super Bowl. Van Noy won another title with the 2016 Patriots.

After those four, the Chargers have no other players with Super Bowl rings. Tight end Gerald Everett (with the 2018 Rams) and long snapper Josh Harris (with the 2016 Atlanta Falcons) lost the Super Bowl.

Chargers cornerback JC Jackson stretches during training camp.

Chargers cornerback JC Jackson stretches during training camp. Coach Brandon Staley likes to have Super Bowl experience on his list. Jackson won a ring with New England.

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Defensive lineman Morgan Fox was also a member of the 2018 Rams but missed the season due to injury.

Coach Brandon Staley you’ve often talked about the importance of having players with league experience on a roster trying to build their own title.

“You know, week after week in the NFL, it’s not just about this last game,” Staley said. “It’s about the whole journey to get there. These guys know how far you’ve come to get there, what it takes on a daily basis, and that mindset you need to have every day. … It’s not not just anything. It’s a lot of little things that happen all the time. I’m really glad they’re here because they’re going to help us a lot.

The Chargers are 21-28 overall while missing the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. The franchise reached a Super Bowl, losing to San Francisco in 1995.

“It’s really starting right now, and it seems a bit crazy considering it just wrapped up in August,” Reeder said. “The habits we’re creating right now are things that are going to take us through September, October, November, and then hopefully into mid-February.”

Practical observations

The Chargers had their longest camp workout yet on Tuesday, lasting more than two hours. Some highlights:

  • During the 11-on-11 first period, Joshua Kelley had a solid run through the middle as he battled for the No. 1. 2 running back position. Herbert followed with an important completion through the middle of Keenan Allen. Defensively, linebacker Damon Lloyd continued his solid game with a sack and a save from Larry Rountree III from close range. Defensive lineman Andrew Brown crossed to destroy a run play.
  • The attack then entered a two-minute period intended to simulate the end of the first half. Herbert, flushed out of the pocket, teamed up with Jalen Guyton for a long catch and run. After linebacker Nick Niemann fired Herbert for thwarting the drive, Dustin Hopkins missed a field goal attempt from about 50 yards. Easton Stick then led the second-team offense into field goal territory, where rookie James McCourt hauled in for 45 yards.
  • In the next 11-on-11 session, the Chargers opened by running Everett on a sweep. The veteran tight end is expected to be employed in many ways this season. Everett received a screen pass earlier on the field. On back-to-back plays later in possession, Herbert was sacked by Joey Bosa and hit tight end Donald Parham Jr. in the seam for a long gain. Rookie defensive back Ja’Sir Taylor finished the session with a nifty third pass breakup.
  • The final 11-on-11 period featured safety Nasir Adderley taking off Herbert on a pass down the middle. It was Herbert’s second interception in training camp. Adderley has one career interception in 34 regular season games.

No money on the kicks

Hopkins had a tough day, finishing five of nine overall. I signed a three-year contract worth up to $9 million with $3.52 million guaranteed at signing in March. McCourt is a rookie free agent from Illinois.

Etc.

Safety Derwin James Jr. (contract negotiation), linebacker Drue Tranquill (groin), tight end Tre’ McKitty (undisclosed) and wide receiver Jason Moore Jr. (undisclosed) did not practice. … Van Noy was briefly taken down after colliding with wide receiver DeAndre Carter but was able to stay on the field.