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Deflecting balls a priority for D-linemen

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    By Kevin Acee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    August 7, 2007
    The Chargers appear to be continuing a trend from last season, as every practice brings at least one pass deflection by a defensive lineman or one of the rushing linebackers.

    The Chargers not only led the league with 61 sacks last season, they were remarkably adept at knocking down passes at or behind the line. While there is no such statistic kept by the NFL, the Chargers had at least 18 deflections at or behind the line in 2006. I think it's natural for our whole front line,” said Shawne Merriman, who got to one pass yesterday. “And we all work on it a lot, and we're getting better at it. It's more of a timing thing. You've got to know when to do it. You don't want to take away from your pass rush trying to bat a ball down. You want to time it up so you can do both.”
    In the red

    It has been said by many in the six months since his hiring that Norv Turner has the best assemblage of talent he has ever had as a head coach. In no specific area of the game is that more true, perhaps, than in the red zone.
    Down by the end zone, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd give Philip Rivers a plethora of targets. That's why the Chargers led the league by scoring touchdowns on 67.7 percent of their red-zone drives.
    “If you're going to be one of the best teams in the red zone, which the Chargers have been the past several years, you have to be good at running the ball,” Turner said. “When you have LT back there, then you have Gatesy and the big receivers we have, there are an awful lot of options. You should end up with pretty good one-on-one matchups.”
    Real camp

    This is the last week of uninterrupted training camp. When games begin, the practices are less frequent and the schedule is somewhat irregular. After Sunday's exhibition opener against Seattle, there will be just two more two-a-days.
    Most of the league will have played its first preseason game by the time the Chargers host the Seahawks. Turner considers the late preseason start a blessing.
    “Having a Sunday game keeps us in training camp a little longer,” he said. “Traveling next week makes that week much shorter. Some of the things we're doing this week, we have to do a good job with because we're going to be short with time next week.”
    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    Because receiver Eric Parker worked the first practice of training camp he is not eligible to be put on the physically unable-to-perform (PUP) list. Therefore, he will cost the Chargers a roster spot even as he is unable to play. Parker is expected to miss as many as six games as he recovers from Friday's toe surgery.
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