Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack, center, trains during an NFL football practice and meet and greet Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Before every NFL season, all 32 teams host their annual team Minicamp. From June 10 to June 15, the Los Angeles Chargers players participated in their team Minicamp in preparation for the 2024- 2025 season. Minicamp serves as a crucial preseason event designed to assess and develop the players, particularly rookies and new additions to the roster. It provides an opportunity for coaches to evaluate individual performances, talent levels, and understanding of the playbook. This camp also allows players to acclimate to the culture and strategies of the team. Ultimately, it showcases the potential roster depth and readiness of the team for the upcoming NFL season.

The Minicamp had a positive impact on the team and Chargers new head coach Jim Harbaugh. The players love the energy and passion Harbaugh brings to the team and organization. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert spoke highly of his new head coach in his Minicamp press conference.

“It’s been an honor to play with him so far and share that quarterback room with him,” Herbert said. “He’s definitely a very intelligent, committed and competitive guy. He truly wants to win whatever he’s playing.”

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Safety Derwin James also commented on his experience with Harbuagh so far in his press conference interview.

“He’s the most powerful leader I’ve seen,” James said.

Harbaugh recently led the Michigan Wolverines to win a NCAA national championship in the 2023 season. He also coached for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014, leading them to Super Bowl XLVII.

The most important key takeaways from the Chargers Minicamp were the improvement of offensive linemen and the workout intensity of the team. Chargers tight ends coach Andy Bischoff made adding the best of the best lineman a priority this offseason he said.

“Some people don’t value offensive linemen. We do,” Bischoff added. “That will be shown in how we approach everything — from how we stretch to how we lift, to how we run the ball, to how we protect. This is a place where O-linemen are going to want to come and play because it’s an O-line-centric space.”

The Chargers used their first-round draft pick on rookie offensive tackle Joe Alt from Notre Dame. Alt joins the strong offensive line core of Rashawn Slater, Zion Johnson, Bradley Bozeman, and Trey Pipkins III.

Additionally, the overall intensity has been impressive, Harbaugh acknowledged.

“What I’ve noticed about this team, probably hit me a couple weeks ago, when I say, ‘Hey we’re stopping early’, or we’re cutting 30 min out of this practice or this weight session, then I just watch them do more,” Harbaugh said. “They do more than what they would have had I scheduled it out. Player-led, 30 minutes short then you watch it, it becomes like a beaver dam of activity.”

The Chargers offseason has been nothing short of successful and the results will transfer into their regular season performance. The first game of the season, the Chargers will host the Las Vegas Raiders on September 8 at Sofi Stadium.