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CHARGERS : Clarey, Vasquez pleased with progress

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    BY SCOTT BAIR -Staff Writer nctimes.com | Posted: August 2, 2010 4:32 pm

    SAN DIEGO -- Jeromey Clary and Louis Vasquez missed time with injuries last season. The starting right side of the Chargers' offensive line was only together eight times last season -- their first as a unit -- a paltry sum for a pair that must often communicate without saying a word.

    They couldn't use the spring and summer to make up for lost time thanks to Clary's bum ankle, which shelved the team's top right tackle for the final seven games and the entire offseason program.

    The duo did get a jump start by reporting, with a group of select veterans, to the rookie-focused portion of training camp. Clary and Vasquez have been making up for lost time and already feel comfortable and confident with their progress.

    "We're knocking off a little rust here and there, but I feel like we picked up right where we left off," said Vasquez, a second-year right guard who started as a rookie.

    "It didn't take long to get back into it because we already knew each other's tendencies after working together last year. We already know what the other is thinking."
    The duo spent significant time building that trust. They sit next to each other at meetings and review practice plays after they happen.

    "When you first get here, you have to learn about the other person and how he thinks," Clary said. "We got enough of that early on to carry it over through the injury setbacks we had last year.

    "If I see something in the defense, I'm confident that Louis saw it too. He has enough game experience and talent that I trust him to do the right thing without even having to discuss it. I think we're going to work really well together this season."

    That'll be imperative, especially without left tackle Marcus McNeill, who is holding out. The Chargers likely won't be able to rely on the left side -- manned last season by McNeill and Pro Bowler Kris Dielman -- as heavily as before.

    "I think it will be more balanced than anything," Vasquez said. "That's the only way we'll be able to keep defenses on their toes and be effective as an offensive line."
    Chargers coach Norv Turner agrees that added reps and chemistry on the right side will benefit the line as a whole.

    "Getting reps together will be good for them, but they spend a lot of time working together," Turner said. "Some of that's important and sometimes it can be a bit overblown. Communication is the biggest part of it, and that's an area where they really excel."
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Keep em commin!!

    Deffinatly a big Clary Fan. Not as big as Clary, but still a big fan and hope we keep this kid around as long as we can.

    LOL for a sec there when i read Louis, I thought Luis Castillo then I rememberd good ol Vasquez. I love to hear more about our linemen stepping into the shoes of the other guy. Gives me good confidence in the KC Shuffle we will prob see on Dline. Or at the very least the more our linemen kno about what they all are doin the better we will be.

    Its amazing I cant say it outright, but this team this year dayum are we gellin.

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