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Trey Pipkins surprisingly keeps job on Chargers’ offensive line

The series of roster moves the Chargers made Tuesday did not include anything involving Trey Pipkins, the tackle still in development that had great difficulties during the preseason.

Coach Brandon Staley said the team continues to believe in Pipkins and explained that Pipkins has bought himself extra time.

“There are still aspects of his game that he certainly needs to improve,” Staley said. “But we feel like you’ve tried to do it. … We just believe that, for now, he is a player we can count on. We feel that he has earned that with us, with what he has invested in his game. “

Pipkins was a surprise pick in the 2019 draft when the Chargers took him in the third round from Sioux Falls.

Started five games like tackle right last year and three of tackle left as a rookie. Pipkins has appeared in 26 games.

His problems were evident this preseason, especially in the Chargers’ last two games. Given ample opportunity to gain experience, Pipkins played all 119 offensive at-bats in the past two weeks.

“While he’s had some tough times that a lot of people have seen, there have also been times when we think ‘Hey, there’s still more of him that we can take advantage of,'” Staley said. “We are going to continue to be tough on him. It certainly has to improve. “

Staley did indicate that Storm Norton would be the first tackle in the game if the Chargers need someone to replace any of their starters, Bryan Bulaga or Rashawn Slater.

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