COSTA MESA, Calif. -- With the last offseason workout on Thursday, players for the Los Angeles Chargers will now get a six-week break, beginning the transition to team's new facility here.
The Chargers still have work to do to get the facility completed, but a skeleton staff has already relocated north and the field looks like it will be ready once the team breaks training camp at the end of August.
The Chargers will hold training camp starting when the players report on July 29 at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa.
"The fans here [in San Diego] have been so supportive since I've been here," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. "I'm going to miss the place, but I also know we're going to an exciting place to play football in Orange County and L.A.
"So it's a little bittersweet. But it's a move we knew was coming and we're ready for it."
That leads to our first question in this week's mailbag:
Do you feel playing in a smaller venue (StubHub Center) will help or hurt the team overall. I actually believe Rivers is going to love it!— Darren Tassone (@Tassoned) June 16, 2017
@eric_d_williams: For the team and veterans like Philip Rivers, playing at StubHub Center for the first three years before the new stadium opens in Inglewood will be a soft landing for the organization.
Although much smaller than the facility they played at for over five decades in Qualcomm Stadium, the 30,000 seat venue already has been sold out for the 2017 season. Fans will be closer to the action and if the Chargers start out well, they could develop a home-field advantage in the new facility. The Chargers start with three of their first four games at home.
Playing at the StubHub Center also should create buzz in L.A. for football fans that want to experience something new -- seeing an NFL team in a smaller facility that's closer to the action.
However, there are also drawbacks. The Coliseum where the Rams play is closer to the heart of Los Angeles and holds more people, so the Chargers are missing out on an opportunity for more fans in L.A. to see their product on the field on a regular basis.
Overall, in talking to players, coaches and other staff members in the organization, there is excitement to see what the result will look like on game days at the StubHub Center.
"It is only right for me to be fired up to go up there," Rivers said. "And know that everyone there is going to get the same guy that I've been here for the last 13 years."
I know what Chargers camp is saying but I'm not satisfied that the running backs behind Flash are up to the task. #Chargersmail— ron asbury (@RonAsbury) June 16, 2017
@eric_d_williams: Melvin Gordon will be the team's workhorse running back, but he has had trouble staying healthy his first two seasons in the NFL.
Branden Oliver has proven he can be productive in this league if he stays healthy. Andre Williams provided a glimpse of what he can do in this offense in the final regular-season game last year against the Kansas City Chiefs, totaling 79 rushing yards.
Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt agrees.
"I'd say we are a lot deeper at that position," Whisehnunt said. "I see a lot of guys that are getting better. Andre Williams is a guy that has made giant steps from where he was last year on our roster. I know he played [a] strong last game, but he's even gotten better.
"I think there's competition at that position, and that's important. It's good to see B.O. [Branden Oliver] back out there practicing. He's performed for us when he hasn't been nicked, so that's exciting. Melvin's been really doing a great job for us. It's good to see him back, and hopefully build off what he started last year. We'll see in camp how that all shakes out, but it's good to have these guys really compete the way they are."