For those of us who are unable to sneak into training camp practices at Chargers Park (Rob...lucky!) the San Diego Chargers held their first public practice of the summer. While I could bore you with a minute-by-minute account of the night's showcase, including every stretch and step in warm-ups and every punt by a bored Mike Scifres, I'll simply add a few of my own observations.
I know, it's training camp, and the players aren't really trying to hit anyone, but LT ran like the MVP version of LT, circa 2006. He went from zero-to-sprint in the blink of an eye, he hit the hole in a burst, and he made quick adjustments when the hole wasn't there. His reps were very encouraging.
Always in position to make a play, quick off the line...I'm so happy that he is not just back but is now healthier than ever. He might literally send Jamarcus Russell into an early retirement after the season's first game.
Looks good, definitely bigger, and looked like he can carry the load as the starting FB. He did not look good in passing drills, so let's hope he gets that problem rectified in a hurry.
As was expected, Larry English worked on the sidelines as the team continues to play it safe with his strained hamstring. I really wanted to see this guy in action but you can't blame the team for being cautious early in camp.
Maybe it was due to the different practice environment, maybe it was because of the crowd, but the quarterbacks and wide receivers never seemed to connect during passing drills. And it wasn't because of the stellar coverage by the DB's, although they were covering like small gloves on Gary "Big Hands" Johnson. No, Rivers and Volek just seemed to be off the mark with anything deep.
Yeah, San Diego is known for being laid back and low key, but there was a big buzz in the air at the Q. You can tell the fans are expecting a huge season from the team, and are hungry for anything related to the Chargers. I wouldn't call the practice "exciting" but hanging out with thousands of Chargers fans to support our team was definitely a cool experience.
I can't wait to see the team playing against guys in a different uniform. The first exhibition game is just 9-days away...Go Bolts!
Chargers fan @MzLaniSD sent in some great shots of Chargers practice at the Q!
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Labels: Chargers Practice 2009
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