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Chargers Team Report

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, May 13, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=207146" target="_blank">Sporting News</a>

    <strong>by Kevin Acee</strong>
    <font class="text"> For Sporting News</font>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/antonio-gates.jpg" alt="Antonio Gates" align="left" height="225" width="172" /><font class="text">It was clea</font><font class="text">r in the </font><font class="text">Chargers' first minicamp under Norv Turner that TE <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/396811">Antonio Gates</a> will not be t</font><font class="text">h</font><font class="text">e forgotten man, as he sometime</font><font class="text">s </font><font class="text">was under former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Turner, the new head coach and</font><font class="text"> </font><font class="text">offensive play caller,</font><font class="text"> has broadened Gates' repertoire of routes. Turner seems intrigued by how good the Chargers' offense can be, and Gates is clearly at the center of his plans for making it more potent. Creating more options for Gates will confus</font><font class="text">e defenses more and should add a new dimension to the offense, which led the league in points in 2006. Turner is i</font><font class="text">ntense, demands excellence and pushes players beyond what they were already doing. . . .</font>

    <font class="text">DE <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/408075">Luis Castillo</a> spent the first three months of 2007 worrying about his still-hurting ankle. But he worked through the pain and appears even quicker than he was before the high sprain that sidelined him much of the second half </font><font class="text">of last season.</font>

    <font class="text"><strong>SCOUTING REPORT:</strong> WR <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/493614">Malcom Floyd</a> has gained 15 pounds in an effort to become not only more powerful but hopefully more durable. Floyd has the best hands on the team and is also amo</font><font class="text">ng the team's fastest players. If he c</font><font class="text">an stay healthy, he could emerge as a star. He is technically the Chargers' No.3 receiver, but he is a go-to option in the red zone as well as on deep routes. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, giving him even more motivation.
    <font class="text"><strong>POSITION BATTLE:</strong> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/316199">Clinton Hart</a> is No.1 on the depth chart at free safety for now, but he must hold o</font><font class="text">f <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235096">Bhawoh Jue</a> in training camp, which is when Jue's knee is expected to finally be healthy. Hart has better ball skills and has bulked up to meet the demands of playing in the box. The Chargers play more of a left and right than strong and free, so Hart's instincts in coverage could give him the edge<strong>.</strong></font>

    <font class="text"><strong>DEFENSIVE ENDS ANALYSIS: A</strong> The Chargers have two of the finest starting ends in any 3-4 system -- and both are young. Castillo is 290 pounds but runs and moves like a linebacker. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/493022">Igor Olshansky</a>, on the right side, is strong as a semi truck and has improved his pass rush over the past year. Both have Pro Bowl abilities. Super sub <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/396779">Jacques Cesaire</a> has filled in for both Castillo and Olshansky and could start on a lesser defense. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/419702">Derreck Robinson</a> is a young, strong sub who lacks the polish to start.</font>

    <font class="text"><em>Kevin Acee covers the Chargers for the San Diego Union-Tribune.</em></font>

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