<strong>July 28, 2005</strong>
Source: <a href="http://www.nfl.com/teams/primer/SD">NFL.com</a>
Preseason Primer </strong>
Training Camp Site: Chargers Park
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Rookies Report: July 25
Veterans Report: July 28
Record: 12-4 (1st in AFC West)
Total Offense: 346.4 (10th)
Rushing: 136.6 (6th)
Passing: 209.8 (16th)
Total Defense: 335.0 (18th)
Rushing: 81.7 (3rd)
Passing: 253.3 (31st)
After one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, the Chargers saw no need to make any major changes. All 22 starters will return, and first-round draft picks Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo might earn starting roles.
The Chargers excelled even though a groin injury hampered LaDainian Tomlinson for most of the season. He's 100 percent now.
Meanwhile, Philip Rivers, the No. 4 selection in the 2004 NFL Draft, is facing another season on the sidelines after Drew Brees' breakthrough campaign.
<strong>Will the Chargers get more of a pass rush?</strong>
San Diego faced the most passes in the NFL last season (607) but had only 29 sacks -- only Oakland (25) and Houston (24) had fewer. Defensive linemen Merriman (holdout) and Castillo (late graduation) already have missed significant practice time.
Will the young secondary come of age?</strong>
San Diego tied for third in the NFL with 23 interceptions, but only Kansas City gave up more passing yards. During minicamps, the defensive backs made it a point to be more aggressive in their play.
<strong>Who will emerge at wide receiver?</strong>
For now, Keenan McCardell likely will be the top target. Third-year player Eric Parker led all San Diego wideouts with 47 grabs and 690 yards, and Reche Caldwell was gaining 17.2 yards per catch before tearing his ACL. Kassim Osgood returns, but will battle rookie Vincent Jackson and second-year player Malcom Floyd.
<strong>VETERAN COMINGS AND GOINGS</strong>
<em>Roster Additions Players Lost</em>
Bhawoh Jue, S Tim Dwight, WR/KR
Jason Fisk, DT
Doug Flutie, QB
Leon Johnson, RB
Zeke Moreno, LB
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 12 Merriman, Shawne OLB 6-4 253 Maryland
1 28 Castillo, Luis DT 6-3 306 Northwestern
2 61 Jackson, Vincent WR 6-5 241 Northern Colorado
4 130 Sproles, Darren RB 5-6 181 Kansas State
5 164 Britt, Wesley OT 6-8 314 Alabama
6 177 Sims, Wes G 6-4 317 Oklahoma
7 242 Mruczkowski, Scott C 6-4 321 Bowling Green
Date Opponent Time
Aug. 11 at Green Bay 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 21 St. Louis 4:00 p.m.
Aug. 26 at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 1 San Francisco 10:00 p.m.