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Chambers, Rivers growing on each other

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Philip Rivers knew when he released the ball that wide receiver Chris Chambers could be in a little trouble. Chambers was running a deep crossing pattern into no man’s land and Rivers’ throw led him right into Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson.

    Despite the big hit that drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, Chambers jumped to his feet with the ball clutched in his hands after a clutch 20-yard gain on 4<SUP>th</SUP>-and-10. Not only did he pick up a pivotal first down, he scored major points with his quarterback.

    “He’s given me every reason to believe that he’s a tough competitor and a heck of a receiver,” Rivers said. “As a quarterback, when you see a guy make a catch like that and not blink an eye, it gives you a lot of confidence in a guy. It means a lot to me.”

    Chambers’ grab was one of four key catches he made Sunday in what turned out to be his best game since joining the Chargers. The veteran caught four passes for 93 yards. He and Rivers had been so close to connecting for big plays in recent weeks, but for some reason things came together last week. That gave the duo reason to believe the best is still to come.

    “I always had confidence in Chris,” Rivers said. “I’d seen him play in Miami and the things he had done. Until you throw some of those “in” routes to him and he makes some of those big catches; until you really do it together, you just don’t really know. I think it was big.”

    While Rivers was very complementary of Chambers, the wide receiver also believes Sunday was a big step.

    “We’re developing some trust,” Chambers said. “He’s a gutsy quarterback. There were a couple plays there they were pretty much giving us. We took advantage of it. He threw the ball up there and gave me a couple opportunities to make some plays. That’s all I can ask for him.”

    Chambers also praised Rivers for the confidence he displayed throughout the game and the way he rallied his teammates as they fell just short of the comeback.

    “That whole fourth quarter, we really believed we were going to make the plays and get it done,” Chambers said. “Philip has a great command in the huddle and really rallied us. We fell short, but it was something to build on. We all believe that.”

    Another step forward

    After working in individual drills throughout the week last week, center Nick Hardwick was able to participate in some team drills Wednesday and took another big step toward getting back on the field fulltime.

    “He moved around pretty good,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “I’m anxious to see how he feels tomorrow morning. We limited his reps. He took like four reps in each drill and he looked really good. I’m optimistic.”

    Hardwick has missed four games with a sprained foot. When asked about the possibility of Hardwick’s return, Rivers vehemently praised the job Cory Withrow has done in his place but also said it will be nice when Hardwick makes it back.

    “Nick is a Pro Bowl center,” Rivers said. “He brings more than his ability to block to the position. He brings an excitement, a toughness, a meanness to the team. When he’s out there it seems to raise the level of everybody around him. It’ll be good to have him back out there.”

    Other injuries

    Defensive tackle Jamal Williams didn’t practice Wednesday as Turner decided to give his Pro Bowler the day off. Hardwick and defensive end Luis Castillo (ankle) were the only other players listed on the Bolts’ injury report. Safety Eric Weddle did everything in practice after missing Sunday’s game with a knee injury.

    For the Ravens, quarterback Steve McNair and wide receiver Demetrius Williams are listed as out. Cornerback Chris McAlister and tight end Todd Heap did not practice Wednesday, while five others including Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed were limited.

    Cornerback Samari Rolle, who has missed six games this season, disclosed Wednesday that he’s suffering from epilepsy. Rolle practiced Wednesday and is expected to play against the Chargers.

    Called to action

    Offensive lineman Jeromey Clary took several snaps Sunday at Jacksonville and it wasn’t because starters were forced to leave the game. Turner praised the improvement Clary has shown this season and wanted to get him involved a little

    “He’s been practicing well,” Turner said. “He played well early.”

    Clary saw action at both guard and tackle against Jacksonville. Turner thought it was important to get him some reps to reward his hard work and prepare him in case one of his starters should suffer an injury.

    Got them cornered

    The Chargers’ top three cornerbacks – Quentin Jammer, Drayton Florence and Antonio Cromartie – are expected to all three be healthy Sunday. As to who will start, Turner has yet to decide.

    “We’ll work that out and make a decision at the end of the week,” Turner said. “All three are obviously going to play a great deal. We’re fortunate to have three good corners.”

    Cromartie remains the NFL leader in interceptions with six. Baltimore’s Ed Reed is tied for second with five.

    Number change

    Linebacker Jyles Tucker, who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Tuesday, will wear jersey number 94. Tucker was signed to replace linebacker Carlos Polk, who was placed on “Reserve-Injured” Tuesday.

    Roach joins Bears

    Linebacker Nick Roach, who spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the Chargers’ practice squad, was signed by the Chicago Bears to their 53-man roster Tuesday. In order to fill his place on the practice squad, the Chargers added former San Diego State standout Antwan Applewhite, who was with the club in training camp.

    Roach was the second player to be signed off the Bolts practice squad this season. In September, the Rams added defensive tackle Leonard Louis to their 53-man roster.

    One of the players the Chargers added to their practice squad Tuesday, defensive tackle Keith Jackson, has an NFL pedigree. His father, Keith Jackson, Sr. enjoyed a Pro Bowl playing career as a tight end with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers.
     
  2. Showmeyourbolt

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    Offensive lineman Jeromey Clary took several snaps Sunday at Jacksonville and it wasn’t because starters were forced to leave the game. Turner praised the improvement Clary has shown this season and wanted to get him involved a little

    “He’s been practicing well,” Turner said. “He played well early.”

    Clary saw action at both guard and tackle against Jacksonville. Turner thought it was important to get him some reps to reward his hard work and prepare him in case one of his starters should suffer an injury.





    Interesting. Hopefully he is going to be taking the starting job away from either one sometime soon.
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    He's played well when he's been in there and is far more of a prototypical RT - between him and Mrzucowski, both Goff and Olivea are going to feel breath down their necks.
     
  4. fregon

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    I'm really hoping that relationship really develops just in case we do win the division. Then we can really make some noise
     

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