A way a Chargers player can garner attention from the coaching staff is by showing out on special teams, which is what Austin Proehl did on the first day of training camp.
Signed this offseason, Proehl performed well fielding punts during the team’s special teams drills.
He was joined by Tyron Johnson, Jalen Guyton and K.J. Hill, but Proehl was the one who looked the most comfortable in that role.
Last season, Desmond King and Hill served as Los Angeles’ punt returners. King was traded midway through the season and Hill only averaged 6.9 yards per return.
Proehl, during his time at North Carolina, returned punts only a rare occasion, only amassing six in college.
However, despite the little experience, Proehl has good play speed and elusiveness to make it difficult for defenders to bring him down, making him dangerous when the ball is in his hands.
If Proehl continues to show his worth as a returner, he may earn the sixth and final spot over other top contenders vying for the job like Joe Reed and K.J. Hill.