Day eight of training camp is in the books. As Mike McCoy would say, the players worked extremely hard.
Despite the fact that they weren’t tackling to the ground, it was a very physical practice today.
Here are some notes and observations from today’s practice.
– Players that didn’t practice: Ricardo Mathews, Malcom Floyd, Johnnie Troutman. Brandon Flowers and Patrick Robinson did a little work on the side. They were not full-participants in practice.
– Dontrelle Inman continues to impress, making difficult catches look easy.
– The pace at which Philip Rivers and Stevie Johnson are building a strong rapport is impressive.
– Johnson is a very crafty route runner, getting open far more often than not.
– Melvin Gordon is still adjusting to life in the NFL. He has shown a propensity to be impatient, running into the backs of his offensive linemen often. As mentioned in other posts, he has flashed some special ability, but building patience in the running game should be a focus moving forward.
– John Phillips looks much quicker now that his knee injury is fully recovered. He’ll be on the field more than expected during the first four weeks of the season while Antonio Gates sits out.
– Danny Woodhead looks to be back to where he was prior to suffering a broken fibula in week three of last season. He looks very quick in his cuts and seems to be doing great.
– Joe Barksdale seems to be a solid addition to the offensive line. With Troutman out, his reps increased and he held up respectably in both run and pass blocking.
– Daily camp update: Brock Hekking has amazing hair.
– Melvin Ingram is benefiting from playing at a lighter weight. He is constantly creating good push and getting what would be sacks if it was live play.
– Kyle Emanuel looks physical and has made some impressive plays in one-on-one drills again today.
– Craig Mager had two pass breakups on consecutive plays.
– After struggling in pass coverage the other day, Jimmy Wilson rebounded well.
– Regardless of what day of practice it has been, Jason Verrett always stands out.
– Ladarius Green made a few catches, but wasn’t targeted much throughout practice.
– Lowell Rose had a solid day in the secondary, breaking up multiple passes in team drills.
– Jacoby Jones is most likely going to be used at wide receiver more than I originally expected. It’s not that he’s out their with the first team, but he gets open and makes plays when called upon to do so.
– Joe D’Alessandris makes watching the offensive-line drills very enjoyable.
– On another coaching note, Don Johnson spends a good amount of time slowing things down for the defensive linemen, stopping to talk to the group as a whole, often. He seems like a great teacher.
There you have it. Overall, it was a solid day for many of the Chargers’ players. Without getting ahead of myself, there is something about this team that has me thinking that this could be a special year.
With the buildup of the Chargers’ meeting with the City on Tuesday, it wasn’t expected that news on Monday would be all that plentiful.
That was not the case, as there were multiple things of note that transpired.
– A report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport stated that the Chargers are quietly looking into a contract extension for defensive lineman Corey Liuget. The 25-year-old is in the last year of his rookie deal. He has yet to reach his ceiling as a player, and the sky is the limit for the best front-seven player on the Charger defense.
– Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Chargers told Eric Weddle via his agent, David Canter, the team will not be working on a contract extension during the 2015 season. This will allow Weddle to become a free agent next season. The 30-year-old has not showed up to any OTAs in hopes of receiving a long-term deal with the team. Weddle has expressed his desire to retire with the Chargers.
– The Chargers brought back cornerback Lowell Rose on Monday. Rose spent time on the practice squad last season, playing in three preseason games prior to be released. He was then picked up by the Dolphins, seeing time in five games. The team waived rookie undrafted free agent Cameron Clemmons in order to make room on the roster for Rose.
– Dan Meis of MEIS Stadium Planning, Construction, and Renovation, Inc. was quoted in the San Diego Reader with some odd comments regarding the city of San Diego and the renderings of the stadium he put together. Here is the quote below:
San Diego is not a ponderous monument to America’s industrial glory days, like Cincinatti. There, I build a stadium solid enough to withstand my own renovation efforts, just 15 years after it opened. Nor is San Diego a glorious supercity like Los Angeles, where I built the Staples Center as a monument to the idea that sports are essentially show business. No, San Diego is a fragile collection of largely unrelated segments, held together by only the flimsiest threads of geographical proximity and fondness for tacos and sunshine. I needed a design that reflected that fragile, almost gossamer sense of connection. I found it in the support system for the stadium’s roof canopy: a network of cables that work together almost invisibly to keep everyone in relative comfort. It’s not a masterpiece or anything, but then, this is San Diego. Who would know if it was?
– According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, head coach Mike McCoy was upset with rookie inside linebacker Denzel Perryman’s participation in a charity dodgeball game this past weekend. Perryman has been a limited participant in OTAs due to a hamstring ailment. It is difficult to say if there is any truth as to whether or not McCoy was truly upset, but the coach did have this to say: “It’s been discussed,” McCoy said. “That’s all I’m going to say. I’ve discussed it with him. That’s it. You’ve got to get past these tests here before you do all of that stuff.”
It comes as no surprise that the usually tight-lipped McCoy didn’t elaborate on the subject. Perryman seemed to find amusement with the way that the media was handling the situation.
Boy these articles just keep getting funnier.. How can you not love the media lol
— Denzel perryman (@D_Perryman52) June 2, 2015
As you can see, it was an eventful Monday at Chargers Park. Tuesday is only the beginning of what will be the groundwork of the City and the Chargers working together to keep the team in San Diego.