Chargers Training Camp Visits The Q

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.

LaDainian Tomlinson

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.

Shawne Merriman

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.

Jacob Hester

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.

Larry English

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.

QB-to-WR Connection

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.

Chargers Fans

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!

Do you have thoughts on practice or pictures to share? Drop in a comment and let us know!

August 6, 2009

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Anonymous said... Aug 6, 2009, 10:34:00 PM

Who cares how they looked.It has only been a week. Thats why they are in camp. TO GET EVERYTHING WORKED OUT! Its practise.Its were you are supposed to make mistakes. Everybody expects them to be at week 10 of the regular season.

Anonymous said... Aug 7, 2009, 1:47:00 AM

Don't tease us now, you know what we really need to know; How did Cromartie do covering the big stationary tires in the drills? Did he hammer 'em repeatedly like he did in his inspired practices? Gosh, I am SO waiting for the regular season to start so we can see Cro start hitting those big ol' stationary tires for REAL!! Yea, buddy! Go Bolts!

Anonymous said... Aug 7, 2009, 10:16:00 AM

Can we start the chants now for LT? MVP, MVP, MVP! Or what I've waited for a life time to say, "Super Bowl Champions" The San Diego Chargers!

Anonymous said... Aug 8, 2009, 4:16:00 PM

Went to today's Fan Fest at the Q! It was AWESOME! Can't wait for the season to start.

GO CHARGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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