COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The focus of Monday’s practice as players return from bye week will be on conditioning and individual work, according to Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.
While some players, such as cornerback Casey Hayward, went to their hometowns to rest, others like Brandon Mebane enjoyed a staycation away from the facility by spending time with family in Orange County.
Lynn said it should not be hard to get his team’s attention on Sunday’s opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, with the Chargers sitting at 3-5.
And with other teams struggling within the AFC West, the Chargers remain in the playoff conversation, just two and a half games behind the first-place Kansas City Chiefs (6-3).
“I like our chances,” Lynn said. “I’d like to be in a better position, but everything’s still in front of us. The whole division is still in front of us. We’re not out of this yet. Our guys understand that. The urgency that we have to have this second half, I think everyone’s on the same page.”
Winners of three of their last four games, Mebane agreed with Lynn, saying that the Bolts just need to take care of business during the second half of the season.
“After our first win we all felt like we were still in it,” Mebane said. “It didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but we’re in the third quarter of the season and we’re trying to go from there.”
Mebane said having former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley with the Chargers as the team’s defensive coordinator should help them better prepare for Sunday's matchup.
“Definitely,” Mebane said. “Obviously, he was the head coach, so he knows the team better than a coordinator would know because he knows both sides of the ball very well.
“It will be very key for us to know some of those details, and then our job is to just go out and execute.”
Lynn said that he still plans for linebacker Denzel Perryman to come off the injured reserve and be added to the active roster, but he wanted to see him practice this week before making a final decision.
“I want to see how he looks in practice throughout the week, but we’re definitely going to work him in with the starters and just see how he looks,” Lynn said. “My bet is Denzel’s going to play. How much? Right now, we don’t know.”