Training Camp: The Rules

The San Diego Chargers finished their offseason program over a week ago, leaving players with approximately one month of rest before training camp begins in late July. Though there is no formal conditioning program over the next five weeks, many players will use this final bit of down time to get in peak physical condition in time for camp wile the rest use this time to go on vacation or hold their own Camps.

Training camp in Carson will begin July 22nd when rookies are slated to report. A few days later camp will be in full swing as the team prepares for its first preseason game on Saturday August 9th in Seattle. Game time is tentatively scheduled for 7 PM PST.

The Bolts as a team will need to trim some fat in the coming weeks. Midway through June, San Diego has a roster bloated to 89 players, but the NFL-mandated limit for training camp is 80 men under contract. Even with four NFL Europe exemptions added to that 80-man limit, the Chargers must still release a few players in order to complete deals with their unsigned draft picks.

Since unsigned Draft picks are not allowed to participate in training camp, it will become clearer in the coming weeks just when players will have to be released.

Breaking this down further, since the 89 players includes four exemptions for NFL Europe allocations; the Chargers may actually take 84 players to training camp or to look at it a different way the Chargers actually have only 85 players currently that will count against the 80 man limit. Take out the seven remaining unsigned draft picks and the Chargers are actually under the roster limit for camp at 78 players. As soon as the third of the remaining seven player's signs, the Bolts will have to release a player and a total of five players must be released to make the camp limit.

Though Draft picks may participate in mini-camps and organized team activity days during the spring and early summer, players without a contract may not report to training camp and thus do not count against the limit.

Who are the lucky ones to go? Find out in our cut article coming tomorrow.

Also did you know that rookie players get $750 a week as per diem during training camp? Meanwhile, veterans get $900.

Coming Thursday, we will start posting interviews Chargers Update has done as we get ready for training camp by talking with all of our rookies college coaches. Over 20 interviews are on tap for our premium subscribers. Click this link to --> Become a Premium Subscriber Today!

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