Chargers fans invited to rookie mini camp

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On Saturday, May 14, Chargers fans will get an opportunity to see the 2016 rookies at their mini camp in Chargers Park. Admission is free and the gates will open at 9:15 a.m.

The players will hit the field around 10:15 a.m. and will practice until 11:45 a.m.

This will be the first opportunity for Chargers fans to see the team’s first pick, Joey Bosa, in action. Fans will also see Joshua Perry, Jatavis Brown, Drew Kaser, Derek Watt, Donavon Clark, Hunter Henry and Max Tuerk.

Chargers 2015 training camp at Chargers Park
Chargers 2015 training camp at Chargers Park

The Chargers would also like the fans to sign the Citizen’s Initiative in support of a modern multi-use stadium and convention facility in the East Village in downtown San Diego.

The Chargers will have, “… a mobile location selling all the latest merchandise and apparel, and representatives from the team’s Ticket Office will be on hand with information about all Chargers ticket options, including season tickets. Bleacher seating will be available, however fans are welcome to bring folding chairs to sit on the pavement surrounding the practice fields. Fans can bring their own food, water and soft drinks, however cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are not allowed at Chargers Park at any time.”

If you don’t bring your own food and beverages, the Chargers have that covered. “For those wishing to purchase food or beverage, there will be hot and cold food, snacks, bottled water and soft drinks available for purchase.”

Here’s what’s allowed and not allowed at Chargers Park: “Fans are welcome to bring personal cameras, however video cameras and telephoto lenses longer than six inches (detachable or non-detachable) are not allowed. Other items not permitted at Chargers Park include: pets (other than service dogs), weapons, chains, stun guns, mace & pepper sprays, water guns, fireworks, frisbees, sports balls, beach balls or other inflatable objects, laser pointers, flammable objects, musical instruments or noise-making devices.”

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In related news: On Monday the Chargers announced they had signed center-guard Matt Slauson, a seven year veteran, to a two-year contract. At 6-5, 315-pounds, he will beef up the offensive line that was decimated by injuries last season.

Originally Slauson was a sixth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2009. He spent four seasons in New York and the last three in Chicago, where he was the Bears’ recipient of the 2014 Ed Block Courage Award.

Slauson has been the starter in all 16 games for five of the last six seasons. He has played in 88 regular season games, with 85 starts, plus he has started in three playoff games during his career.

Born and raised in Sweet Home, Oregon, Slauson attended the University of Nebraska.

Photos by by Claudia Gestro
Top photo: Joey Bosa at Draft Town the day before he was drafted by the Chargers.