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Chargers rookie beginning to lose jitters

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 9:45 p.m

    When Seyi Ajirotutu first got on the field with the Chargers this spring, he thought he’d landed on another planet or maybe in a recording studio.
    “I was thinking Philip and them were spitting raps,” Ajirotutu said.
    If ever there appears a classic case of a rookie with jitters, overwhelmed and trying to do too much finally having the game slow down, it is the rookie wide receiver from Fresno State.
    Over the past week, he has become as consistent as he was erratic, as fluid as he was stilted.
    “I was over-thinking things and a little nervous,” Ajirotutu said.
    Ajirotutu caught just 128 career passes for a Fresno State offense that was built around a certain running back. It was a shock coming to an offense that requires precision, where the quarterback makes constant adjustments and there can be a dozen variations of a single play.
    He studied more. He also stopped obsessing about every mistake and worrying every time he got yelled at.
    “I just had to relax, just go out and play,” he said.
    Ajirotutu still faces an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster, with fellow undrafted rookie Jeremy Williams having been the head of the class from pretty much the day he arrived. But there is also likely a spot on the practice squad for a receiver.
    And the preseason starts Saturday.
    “The guys who are consistent out here are going to get more opportunities in the preseason,” head coach Norv Turner said. “Now, it has to carry over to the preseason games.”

    Chargers gone wild

    The Chargers worked on the Wildcat, er, Wildfrog, um, Wild Dog.
    Now that former Fresno State Bulldog Ryan Mathews is the Chargers’ featured back, the direct-snap formation is being referred to here as the Wild Dog.
    In yesterday’s workout, none of the backs threw a pass out of the formation, but they are all capable.
    While Mathews, a former high school quarterback, is humble about his passing skills, Turner said, “Ryan throws better than you would expect.”
    Receiver Legedu Naanee also has quarterbacking in his background, and Darren Sproles threw back to Philip Rivers on a play last year.
    “That’s a good formation for us,” Turner said, alluding to the improvisation he believes Mathews and Sproles are capable of.

    Still three

    A scary moment in Tuesday’s practice threatened the Chargers’ plans.
    Early in team drills, Mike Tolbert was knocked into the back of tight end Randy McMichael’s leg, who fell to the ground with a scream. McMichael stayed down as the air left Chargers Park, but he was up and walking after a few minutes and back participating in practice a short while later.
    McMichael, signed on June 4, has spent eight season with the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams . He, Kris Wilson and six-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates comprise a three-deep route-running and pass-catching dimension the Chargers have never had at the position.
    “Our goal is to be the best tight end group in the league,” Gates said earlier in camp. “This is by far the most talent we’ve had in that room since I’ve been here.”

    Nuts ‘n’ Bolts

    Brandyn Dombrowski, out since Saturday with a tight groin, returned to practice. Tyronne Green, who had worked in his place at left tackle, slid over one spot to his natural position of left guard. Starter Kris Dielman is out after jamming his neck Monday afternoon.
    •Two of the four NFL players out of Coastal Carolina now play for the Chargers. The team signed Quinton Teal on Tuesday for depth at safety. Teal spent his first four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, playing mostly on special teams. He was a college teammate of Tolbert’s.
    •Mathews is wearing a face mask shield, reminiscent of a former Chargers running back he doesn’t want to be compared to. Mathews was approved for the shield because of cataracts in his left eye.

    •Safety Darrell Stuckey, the Chargers’ fourth-round pick who hurt his groin a week ago, returned to do individual drills on Tuesday.
    Buster Davis (hamstring) returned to practice.
    •Wednesday and Thursday are the final practices open to the public. Both workouts are from 4-6 p.m.
  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    I wonder who that could be......

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