Chargers rookie Jamaree Salyer not leaning on college accolades

COSTA MESA — Chargers rookie offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer hasn’t missed an opportunity to learn from his teammates during his first week in the NFL.

He stopped left tackle Rashawn Slater and center Corey Linsley in the hallway to pick their brains. Salyer also joined fellow rookie guard Zion Johnson to receive pointers from offensive tackle Foster Sarell after the Chargers’ first practice of rookie minicamp Friday.

“It’s crazy to kinda take it all in,” said Salyer, the Chargers’ sixth-round draft pick from Georgia. “Even just walking in right here, it’s just crazy. When you walk out of the locker room for the first time, you just look around you, like, ‘Man, I’m here.’ It’s a special moment, but you gotta make it special fast and get to work.”

It didn’t matter to Salyer that Sarell wasn’t a starting offensive lineman like Slater and Linsley. Sarell has one year of experience in the Chargers’ system, and Salyer made sure to take advantage of the opportunity after he noticed Sarell giving Johnson post-practice instructions.

Salyer probably doesn’t care about status. Once regarded as one of the top tackles in the 2022 draft class, he had to wait until the third day of the draft to receive a phone call from an NFL team.

Salyer won a national championship as Georgia’s starting left tackle and delivered memorable performances against stout competition throughout his collegiate career, including an impressive showing against No. 2…

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