The Chargers are expected to play six prime-time games this season, a total that surpasses the NFL.
Oddly enough, none of those games are currently taking place against Kansas City, an AFC West rival with whom the Charger have staged some current classics.
The Chiefs will host the Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on October 22 at 1:25 p.m. While not prime time, this is an estimated late afternoon TV slot.
The teams will not meet again until Week 18 at the SoFi Stadium. At this point, the rematch may have no effect on the postseason and take away its usual importance.
On the other hand, the game could greatly affect the playoff situation for both sides and thus move into the final prime time of the regular season.
Either way, the Chargers will garner ample attention nationally as they continue their quest to become more established locally.
“The NFL will tell you what they think of your team based on the number [prime-time games] “You understand,” coach Brandon Staley said on Friday. “We have a good football team and we will play with great pleasure every time. But when you stand in front of the whole world, that is of course something very special.”
Staley spoke at the team’s headquarters on the opening day of the Chargers’ rookie minicamp. Here are a few more Costa Mesa highlights:
Already a break? The Chargers are one of four teams — along with Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay — with the earliest possible break of the week. You don’t play week 5.
This isn’t typically ideal, as most NFL employees prefer to get their break later in the season after players have taken more body punches.
Asked for his opinion, Staley recalled the 2018 season when he was an assistant at Chicago and the Bears were sidelined in Week 5. This team started 3-1 and lost two right after the break before finishing 12-4 to secure a wild win. card place.
“That’s my experience to draw on,” Staley said. “All I know is that… whatever your bye is, we’ll be ready to play the game plan as it comes.”
The first round player collects: The Chargers signed six of their seven draft picks, excluding the second-round edge rusher Tuli Tuipulotu.
“Honestly, it was just another stepping stone,” he said. “The money is cool, but I don’t intend to sit around and screw it up. I’ll have it in my savings account. I’m not really focused on the money. I’m concentrating on football.”
After being drafted, Johnston thanked his parents and announced that his mother Sherry was now ready to retire. The NFL distributed a video of the moment to great applause.
“She called me two days ago and said she just quit,” Johnston said. “She’s trying to wait until we get a little break so I can be up there and have a little celebration for her.”
Johnston was asked how important it was to be able to thank his mother in this way.
“I’m a big family man,” he said. “I would not be in the position I am in today without both of my parents and the sacrifices they made. They escorted me to and from various games, training sessions and events even though they already had things planned.
“I would have done the same for my father [Carl], but my dad was already retired so I just gave him a pat on the back. …giving them something back and seeing the look on their faces, that’s all.”
Wideouts gluing already: Johnston said he hasn’t met quarterback Justin Herbert, but noted that Herbert recently followed him on Instagram.
However, the rookie said he spoke to veteran Chargers wide receivers Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer. They visited him at his hotel during his trip to Costa Mesa after he was drafted.
“They approached me and said they wanted to meet, talk, get to know me, and get to know me,” Johnston said. “It was a good experience.”
The Chargers hope Johnston’s transition can be aided by the lead they already have at the position.
“I’m not surprised that they do that,” Staley said. “That’s what you need from the leaders of your football team because that will accelerate the development of your young people. I’m glad that’s happening.”