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A friendly battle in the slot

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Rapport building in Chargers' slot

    Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal motioned his hands in the air.

    Cornerback Marcus Gilchrist watched and followed suit.

    Standing a few lockers apart, the teammates chattered after practice this week, reenacting and rehashing scenes from minicamp like they'd just stepped out of a movie theater.

    Their daily competition in the slot has been among the highlights of the offseason workouts.

    After Thursday, it'll be put on hold.

    The team has one last two-hour practice, beginning at 11 a.m., before breaking from its three-day minicamp and nine-week offseason program. The coaches and players will reconvene at Chargers Park for training camp in late July.

    Gilchrist and Royal have a rapport waiting when they return.

    “We're always talking to each other after plays,” said Gilchrist, who's covered Royal as the first-string nickelback. “I'll ask him, what is he thinking when he did this certain move? He'll ask me, what kind of coverage was I playing in when he ran a certain route? We basically feed off each other.”

    They saw plenty of one another during a practice Tuesday, one of Royal's finer afternoons in what's been an impressive offseason.

    On one play, Royal had to release his route to the inside.

    Gilchrist had inside leverage and fought him all the way.

    “We were going at it,” Royal said. “After the play, I was talking to him about things I could do differently. He was like, 'If you would have done this, you'd have gotten me.' We're going back and forth, helping each other.

    "He sees the game from the defensive side. I see it from the offensive side. I'm telling him what I'm thinking, and he's doing the same for me.”

    The talks have been all business.

    Gilchrist is 23 years old. He was a second-round draft pick in 2011.

    That all was news to Royal, a fifth-year veteran who said Wednesday he'd thought Gilchrist had been in the league as long as he has.

    “I'm glad it's not showing,” Royal said. “Let's put it that way.”

    The Chargers front office, seeking depth, is monitoring the market for a veteran reserve cornerback.

    But it may have found its nickelback in Gilchrist.

    He seems well suited for the slot.

    “That's what I played in college 70 percent of the time,” Gilchrist said. “It's a tough position, but it's a position that I love to play.”

    Royal, then, is arguably the perfect practice-mate.

    Sharp and explosive in and out of his breaks, he gives the Chargers a weapon from the slot that they haven't had in years.

    “Obviously, we're not in pads,” coach Norv Turner said, “but it's been great for Marcus to line up and match quickness and change of direction with Eddie. And Eddie's a veteran guy who's a very polished route runner. He knows how to change it up. How he knows how to set people up. He's an experienced guy.”
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    A full offseason should really help both Gilchrist & Wright. I would like to hear more about how Stuckey & Brandon Taylor are looking. Safety continues to be a concern for me.
     
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  3. Buck Melanoma

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    CBs Gilchrist, Wright shine Wednesday
    by Dan McLellan, CBSSports.com
    Second year CBs Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright had solid performances during minicamp Wednesday night. Gilchrist flew around the field and broke up several plays. Wright was also active and intercepted a QB Charlie Whitehurst pass in the red zone. CB Antoine Cason sees great improvement in his teammates. “They are definitely playing better and they want to be better,” Cason said. “That is where it starts with them and it shows. They are playing well.”
    3 hours ago CBSSports.com
     
  4. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Royal thinking Gilchrist was a 5 year man has me thinking. Is Gilchrist that good or is Royal that bad?
     
  5. Buck Melanoma

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    Don't over-think it. :)
     
  6. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    I didn't really know how to decipher such news and it set me to thinking. Now I have a headache.
     
  7. Buck Melanoma

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    Frontal lobotomy or bottle in fronta me? :cool:

    BC powder with a tequila back works for me.
     
  8. Blue Bolt

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    I thought someone else would notice that comment....... it's the crux of the biscuit, so to speak. ;)
     
  9. boltfanatik

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    They aren't even in pads yet, calm down!
     

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