<strong>July 30, 2005</strong>
Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2210">Chargers.com</a>
After spending Day 1 in shells, the Chargers strapped on the full pads Saturday morning and participated in a physical practice to start Day 2 of their 2005 training camp.
"I thought we had a really excellent practice this morning," Schottenheimer said. "The guys are playing at a high level, and there is a lot of energy out there. The real challenge for us is to be able to sustain it."
Despite being in pads and doing more hitting than they have in quite some time, the Chargers got through their morning workout with no major injuries, and players were pleased with the level of control their teammates displayed.
"Not too many guys were on the ground," linebacker Donnie Edwards said. "When you practice with the team, you want guys to stay up and keep from getting hurt. You know you're practicing together well when guys are keeping their feet."
Saturday morning's practice concluded with Schottenheimer's Oklahoma drill, a popular, high-contact drill. Defensive end Derreck Robinson and guard Toniu Fonoti squared off in one of the better matchups of morning. As he promised on Friday, Edwards shed the block of David Brandt and tackled the ball carrier during his rep. Shaun Phillips and Wesley Britt, Luis Castillo and Scott Mruczkowski, and Vincent Jackson and Clinton Hart also provided entertaining collisions.
Linebacker Marques Harris, a rookie from Southern Utah State, fought off Carlos Joseph's block to make a play on Darren Sproles. Harris's play drew the attention of his head coach.
"He made a terrific play during the Oklahoma drill and is really making some plays out there," Schottenheimer said. "I like what we've seen from him.
Linebacker Steve Foley's highly anticipated bout with Kris Dielman drew a loud reaction from the crowd. Dielman got a quick start on Foley, causing the play to be blown dead. Once they reset, Foley ended up on top of Dielman after a strong collision.
"Dielman is one of the dirtiest players on this team," joked Foley. "He'll grab you or throw dirt in your face. I knew I was going to have to come up with something creative to get him."
In addition to the Oklahoma drill, the Chargers entertained fans with a lengthy nine-on-seven drill. On one of the opening plays, Mike Goff and Roman Oben stood up a pass rusher to allow Philip Rivers to hit Jackson deep down field. Running back Michael Turner also came up with a big hit while picking up a Stephen Cooper blitz.
The highlight of the drill came when Drew Brees connected with Eric Parker for a 45-yard touchdown. Running back Darren Sproles drew the crowd's applause after making a one-handed grab, and guard Wes Sims also delivered a pancake block on the drill's final play.
The Chargers will be back in their shells when they hit the field at 3:50 p.m. for their second practice of the day.