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Newly added Scott should give defense some relief

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    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    October 15, 2009



    The Chargers defense was on the field for 73 snaps in its most recent game. They did it with a four-man defensive line rotation, which made for a tired group.
    Newly signed tackle Ian Scott will help give some relief, but he is expected to play just 15 to 20 snaps.
    “He's a big body, and he's a very solid technician,” coordinator Ron Rivera said. “He's picked up everything mentally. Now it's just getting himself back into football shape.”
    Scott's presence will also allow Alfonso Boone to move to end, where he was more effective against Pittsburgh.

    Preparing

    The defensive line yesterday worked on a drill in which players rolled a large ball across the field sideways while working on keeping their knees bent. The linebackers will do the drill today.
    It is an exercise to prepare for the cut blocking Denver's offensive linemen are known for. A cut block occurs below the knees.
    It is legal if it happens in the front or, as long as it is between the tackles, from the side.
    Rivera pointed out the blocks are legal but said, “You have to protect your legs.”

    Quite a pair

    There is no doubt that tight end Antonio Gates (24-349) and wide receiver Vincent Jackson (20-373) are helped by the presence of the other.
    Just eight other teams have two players with at least 20 receptions. Just four other teams have two players with more than 300 receiving yards.
    “They work together,” Turner said. “They line up on the same side a lot. We've tried to work some thing where we get Gates and Jackson on opposite sides of the field, too, so it helps everybody. But they have to account for all your guys. The more you have, the better off you are. Those guys make a lot of plays just by going out and winning against the guys they're matched up against, too.”

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    •Turner joked that he thought he needed to adjust his television set when watching the Broncos play Sunday in their old AFL uniforms, with the striped leggings. Well, he won't even get commercial breaks Monday when Denver wears those uniforms again, this time with white jerseys. The Chargers will be in their powder blue 1963 replica jerseys, the same ones they wore in the season opener at Oakland.

    •Stephen Cooper (knee), Nick Hardwick (ankle) and Kassim Osgood (back) were the only players to miss practice. Cooper and Osgood are expected to play Monday. Said Turner after all of the previously injured players participated fully in yesterday's practice: “I think we're pretty good.”

    •The assumption has been that rookie Kevin Ellison will get the bulk of playing time following Clinton Hart's release. It would seem likely that Ellison would play in the base defense, meaning he might technically get the start. But Rivera confirmed yesterday he will rotate Ellison, Steve Gregory and Paul Oliver depending on the situation.

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