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A more confident Cason puts on a show for fans at FanFest

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Tod Leonard
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    8:35 p.m. August 8, 2009

    In the Chargers' annual FanFest at Qualcomm Stadium, it seems that half the plays from scrimmage go for touchdowns, which puts the fans and offensive players in a good mood.

    It's tough, however, for a defensive guy to stand out when the hands-off policy makes it look only slightly more physical than flag football.

    Antoine Cason managed to put on a show Saturday anyway. The second-year nickel defensive back, drafted in the first round last year out of Arizona, made the kind of game-altering plays that Chargers management hopes to see when the contests mean something.

    Cason saved a touchdown by knocking down a Philip Rivers pass at the goal line, and later he got a great jump on the ball and intercepted a Billy Volek throw, returning it 50 yards down the sideline for a touchdown, much to the delight of the more than 19,000 fans on hand.

    Asked if he would have scored in a live game, Cason flashed an are-you-kidding-me smile.

    “Oh, that was going all the way,” he said. “No one was going to catch me.”

    He's got evidence to prove it. In last December's victory at Tampa Bay, Cason iced the game with a similarly explosive 59-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter.

    He had two interceptions on the season.

    “It's his second year, and you make a big jump from year one to year two,” Chargers head coach Norv Turner said of Cason. “I think he's getting himself ready to do that. We're 10 days in and he's done a good job in terms of doing what we're asking him to do.”

    Cason said he is significantly more confident in himself than he was at this time last year.

    “Just mentally, I feel in tune and I have great confidence going out there,” he said. “I'm really feeling comfortable.”

    Beyond Cason, it was a good day for a couple of other defensive backs. Cornerback Cletis Gordon made two interceptions and safety Paul Oliver had a pick.

    Light on injuries

    The Chargers appeared to get through the workout with no serious injuries. However, starting linebacker Stephen Cooper turned his left ankle on a play, and it was heavily taped after the practice, though Cooper was walking. Free-agent linebacker Darry Beckwith grabbed his right hamstring after a play and did not return.

    Linebacker Larry English, the first-round draft pick, missed his sixth straight practice with a sore hamstring.

    Scrimmage highlights

    Rivers threw a couple of the interceptions, but he was accurate with most of his passes and scrambled well. He found Antonio Gates up the middle at least three times, and for his most spectacular play, Rivers hit Vincent Jackson in stride down the left sideline for a sure touchdown. The closest defender was cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

    Among the other standouts: LaDainian Tomlinson looked fit and explosive, bursting through the line on numerous plays and charging up the crowd by running full speed into the end zone; backup tight end Kris Wilson made at least five catches; Malcom Floyd caught three passes, including an acrobatic one-hander; and new linebacker Kevin Burnett charged up the middle for a “sack” and impressively chased down Darren Sproles on a short pass across the middle.
     
  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Cason spectacular.

    Cro gets burned by a spectacular play.


    Stop twittering... biitch.
     
  3. StratoBoltz

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    Cason,s a good talent to have and will keep improving as he gets more playing time.
     
  4. Charger Dave

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    Best Rook I ever adopted! :tup:
     
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  6. TheBeast

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    Chad Johnson to cromartie:

    @crimetime31 yo twittascope tell you how I am gonna have you going in circles when we play, don't get fustrated just blame yo coach!!!


    haha
     
  7. Bergo23

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    The more I hear about the Cro baggage, and lack of tackling...the more I get excited about the coming out party of Cason when Cro gets his dollars elsewhere. I just hope AJ can find a slot guy by then to replace Cason!!!

    He and Jammer will form our championship combo at Corner for years to come.
     
  8. Retired Catholic

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    Don't underestimate Cromartie this season. He's healthy now and his attitude has changed. I'm actually willing to give him an attaboy over his chow line twitter. There is an old military axiom-"An army fights on its stomach"-Bonaparte. "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach"- Fanny Fern (nee´Sara Willis). If I was a GM, one of the things I would make sure of is a good chow line. Nothing, but nothing, helps morale like decent food. The food on submarines is better than in the rest of the navy-for a very good reason.
     

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