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Chargers: Five things to know

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <strong>August 4, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/8704141">CBS Sportsline</a>

    SAN DIEGO -- Observations from Chargers training camp:

    1. The schedule is brutal, with five East Coast swings -- including four against playoff teams from 2004 and two against last year's Super Bowl contestants, New England and Philadelphia. San Diego has never made that many East Coast trips in one season.

    2. The club lost no significant players in the offseason. That's 22 returning starters -- 24 if you include the punter and placekicker -- and no other NFL team can make that statement. The biggest offseason subtraction? Offensive line coach Hudson Houck.

    3. Keep your eyes on rookie running back Darren Sproles. The Chargers will ease him on to the field, with Sproles acting as the team's return specialist, but the 5-foot-6, 181-pound back is special. He's quick. He's fast. He's elusive. He's productive. He's Lionel James in 1984. Let's see how long it takes them to work Sproles into their third-down packages.

    4. Wide receiver Reche Caldwell missed several days of practice because of a slight hamstring injury suffered last week. That's the bad news; the good news is that he appears recovered from a torn knee ligament that shortened his season to six games last year.

    5. The Chargers may have a keeper in rookie wide receiver Vincent Jackson, a second-round choice out of Northern Colorado. He has great size (6-5, 241), sure hands, speed and terrific body control. Oh, and speaking of young wide receivers in camp, does the name Rob Milanese ring a bell? The former Penn star was Chris Simms' favorite receiver when the two teamed at Ramapo (N.J.) High School.

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