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NFL preseason: What to look at for in Chargers vs. Cowboys


Chargers safety Deane Leonard runs a drill during practice in June. Leonard is seeking to make an impact on special teams for the Chargers this preseason.

(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

The Chargers’ specialists — kicker Dustin Hopkins, punter JK Scott and long snapper Josh Harris — are set. DeAndre Carter was signed in free agency to be the kick returner.

But that hardly means there’ll be nothing to look at Saturday when considered one of the special teams is on the sphere. In actual fact, during those kicking-game moments, there needs to be plenty to see.

The ultimate spots on NFL rosters often are influenced heavily by who can play on special teams. This is especially true for the 2022 Chargers, who are attempting to significantly upgrade their kicking games.

Players corresponding to Deane Leonard, Ja’Sir Taylor and Kemon Hall — all battling for reserve cornerback spots — could make major impressions against the Cowboys.

Last week against the Rams, Leonard, linebacker Damon Lloyd, safety JT Woods and tight end Hunter Kampmoyer played essentially the most special teams snaps.

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