You've waited long enough for the NFL to make its way back to your TV screen, and the start of training camps next week means the wait is almost over. For the San Diego Chargers, the waiting will end July 25, as the team is scheduled to open camp with both veterans and rookies.
Since last season ended in a 7-9 finish and a third-consecutive absence from the postseason, the Chargers must be chomping at the bit to get back to work.
Things couldn't have gone any worse for the Bolts last season. From Ryan Mathews and Vincent Brown getting injured in the preseason to Philip Rivers' struggles under center, it seemed as if the Chargers were doomed from the beginning.
The important thing, though, is that 2013 is a fresh start signified by a new coaching staff, general manager and some new players.
This Chargers team will look a lot different than last year's, and the expectation is this team will play a lot better too.
Because everything going on in San Diego's training camp will be so new and different, you better arm yourself with this trusty guide for an in-depth look at what's in store.
Everything you need to know is right here.
Training Camp Practice Schedule Open to Public
|July 25||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 26||3-5 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 27||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 28||3-5 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|July 31||3-5 p.m. (Open to invited Season Ticket Holders only)||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 1||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 2||3-5 p.m. (Open to invited Season Ticket Holders only)||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 3||10:55-12:50 p.m. (FanFest presented by Bud Light)||Qualcomm Stadium|
|Aug. 5||3-5 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 10||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 12||3-5 p.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 17||9:30-11:30 a.m.||Chargers Park|
|Aug. 8||7:00 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks|
|Aug. 15||5:00 p.m.||At Chicago Bears|
|Aug. 24||7:00 p.m.||At Arizona Cardinals|
|Aug. 29||7:00 p.m.||San Francisco 49ers|
San Diego will open camp with the allotted maximum of 90 players on July 25, but that number will be trimmed down to 53 by the end of August.
As is the case every year, making cuts will be difficult at times due to the fact that every player is in the midst of a job interview during camp.
Check out the full roster breakdown here to see who will be competing in Chargers' camp this summer.
Training camp will be hot with burning questions leading up to the start of the 2013 season. Many fans are wondering who will start where and whether or not certain players are up to the challenge of re-inventing themselves after poor seasons in the past.
Right off the top of your head, you're probably wondering if Philip Rivers can get his act together after such a miserable season last year, or if Ryan Mathews is capable of being a full-time back in the NFL.
Training camp will be the starting point for all these questions and more. Check them out here.
Position battles in training camp are always fun for fans to watch leading up to the start of the regular season. Everybody wants to know who will start and who will sit for their respective teams.
The Chargers have a huge hole to fill at strong safety following the release of Atari Bigby, and the offensive line is almost brand new this season.
Surprisingly enough, the Chargers will also boast a receivers unit that is somewhat overcrowded now that Vincent is back. Don't forget that San Diego drafted a fresh new wideout last April as well.
To get a sense of which position battles will be the biggest this year in training camp, click here.
The Chargers scored six rookies by way of the draft in April followed by 20 undrafted free agents. D.J. Fluker and Manti Te'o are names you've probably already heard of, but there others definitely worth knowing.
Some of these players will serve as camp help this summer, but there are always a few gems that tend to use this time to shine.
Check out who the Chargers drafted this past April and see the full list of undrafted free agents that were brought in to compete all right here.
The bubble-watch list is not a particularly favorite place to be if you're an NFL player looking to make it with a team during training camp. These players are riding a thin line that will determine whether or not they'll be suiting up on Sundays.
Whether it be underperforming in a camp or simply the fact that there just isn't enough room for everybody, these players usually end up being some of the last to go by the end of August.
See who is on the bubble watch and why they're there here.
Once training camp comes to a close, San Diego will officially have its 2013 roster set for Week 1. All the hard work done in camp will determine which 53 players will help the Chargers on their quest for a winning season.
As a fan, seeing the final-projected roster will give you a better idea of which players will be starting, and who will likely have the biggest impact on the team.
Check out the final projected 53-man roster here to see exactly who will make the active roster next season and attempt to rid the team of its embarrassing 7-9 record in 2012.