Following one of the Chargers’ final minicamp practices of the summer, Matt Slauson found some shade and started to work through all the tape holding his gear in place. His ankles, wrists, fingers — there was more Scotch than skin, and the process looked tedious.
But asked about the players who had the greatest impact on him, Slauson ran through a list of former teammates with ease.
“Branden Moore, Nick Mangold, Alan Faneca, Damien Woody …”
One by one, he named the players more experienced than he was when he walked through the door into the New York Jets’ offensive line meeting room after being picked in the sixth round of the 2009 draft.
“Every day I think...