The Chargers' rookies report to training camp this Sunday, Head Coach Norv Turner says wide receivers like Floyd and Naanee have a big opportunity this year, and Philip Rivers looks ahead to the 2010 NFL regular season.
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ROOKIES REPORT TO TRAINING CAMP SOON
Sunday rookies will report to Chargers training camp, and their first practice will commence the following day. This will give them about a four or five day head-start on the veterans, who report on the 30th. What will be interesting to see is whether or not first round draft pick Ryan Mathews reports and practices.
Mathews recently told Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune that he hopes to be in camp on time, but admits that the business side of things could complicate that.
“It’s also a business,” Mathews said. “That’s what I have to realize. I want to be on time. Hopefully that happens. If not, there’s nothing I can do.”
If no deal is in place and Mathews does not practice on Monday, the hold-out official begins. Just how long this hold-out will be, no one knows. But for a team who is relying so much on their top pick to power their running game, it would behoove both sides to quickly come to an agreement.
BOLTS' RECEIVERS PRESENTED WITH RARE OPPORTUNITY IF VINCENT JACKSON DOESN'T PLAY
There's no question the Chargers are a better team with Vincent Jackson on the field, but as most expect him to hold out until week 10 of the regular season, the rest of the receivers in the group will get more chances to make plays.
"If Vincent Jackson isn't with us, Legedu Naanee is getting the opportunity of a lifetime," Head Coach Norv Turner said. "Buster Davis is getting the opportunity of a lifetime. Legedu believes he can be a dynamic, explosive receiver in this league. He has the same feeling about himself that Vincent Jackson had about himself when I got here, and Vincent's done that."
Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee will be keys to the Chargers down-field passing attack, but they still have some questions marks on them. Will Floyd stay healthy for the entire year? Has Naanee improved in his consistency with securing catchable passes? As for Buster Davis, he needs to show the fans the flashes he showed during his college years. He needs to justify his first-round draft grade and prove that the Chargers didn't make a mistake selecting him over Sidney Rice.
RIVERS LOOKS AHEAD TO CHARGERS' 2010 SEASON
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