Chargers GM Tom Telesco: Joey Bosa as good as advertised

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San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco discussed how players like Joey Bosa and Hunter Henry performed at the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend in this interview with Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio.

Telesco said Bosa looked good, although it’s hard to get a good read because players were not in pads and were playing against other rookies.

"He was as advertised," Telesco said. "He was flying around. He’s big, athletic and he loves to play."

Telesco also discussed his team’s thinking regarding the center position, and why the Chargers signed free agent Matt Slauson after drafting center Max Tuerk in the third round.

"We loved Max in the draft," Telesco said. "We were lucky to get him. But he is coming off of the ACL surgery, so we wanted to make sure that we’re covered. Chris Watt's coming off of two surgeries this past offseason. Trevor Robinson is coming off of a surgery this offseason. We needed to add some people there.

"So we’re going to try all different ways, so we brought Matt in. Matt’s been a guard and a center. He’s played a lot of games in this league. He’s tough, he smart and he’s durable. And we need some people that can come in there and hold down the fort for a little bit. We think Max could be the long-term answer, but we’re not going to wait and see, and when we get to training camp someone’s not ready either."

My take: The Chargers have three injured players at center -- Watt, Robinson and Tuerk -- so Slauson is the first man up for now. Bosa also spent some time during practice talking with Brandon Mebane, so it appears the experienced players along the defensive line are embracing him.

Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes about Slauson’s 31-hour road trip from the Chicago area to San Diego for his Monday arrival to Chargers Park for offseason workouts. Slauson drove instead of flying so he could have his truck in San Diego.

My take: Slauson took reps with the starting offensive line on Monday, so the Chargers are placing an emphasis on working him into the offense quickly.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com offers one burning question for every AFC team. For the Chargers, that question is how an injury-plagued offensive line and a running back, Melvin Gordon, coming off microfracture knee surgery will lead the team’s ground game.

My take: It’s a fair question, but the Chargers believe they have enough talent in the running back room besides Gordon, along the addition of new offensive line coaches Jeff Davidson and Dave Deguglielmo, to change the team’s fortunes running the football.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that with the addition of Mebane, the Chargers can use defensive lineman Sean Lissemore's versatility, playing him both at nose tackle and defensive end.

My take: Though Lissemore loses his starting job, he gains value as a versatile rotational player in San Diego’s scheme.