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Dog days of Camp

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 5, 2005.

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    <strong>August 5, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2221">Chargers.com</a>

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/camp01.jpg" class="right" alt="Camp" />As the Chargers hit the "dog days" of camp, Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer likes to shake things up a bit. The Bolts will experience a change of pace and atmosphere on Saturday when the team practices at Qualcomm Stadium as part of Fanfest '05.

    "We're all excited about the energy that will be created," Schottenheimer said. "You have to do things a little different now and then. I've really been pleased with the way that our practices have gone the last couple of days, and I'm hopeful that it will carry over to the special event this weekend."

    As for Friday, the Bolts were at their regular routine, enjoying a productive morning workout in front of several hundred fans at Chargers Park.

    Mike Scifres sat this morning out in order to give the newly signed rookie punter Brian Claybourn from Western Kentucky his chance at punting the ball down the field. On the first punt return, Darren Sproles was waiting around the 20 yard line and jolted up the middle of the field.

    Schottenheimer encouraged his players to pick up the tempo as they moved into 11-on-11 drills, where quarterback Drew Brees took some snaps from center Nick Hardwick, who had an impressive morning working against defensive tackle Jamal Williams. On the second snap of the drill, Brees connected with Sproles on a slant down the middle of the field, who was quickly brought down by Donnie Edwards.

    During 9-on-9 drills, veteran free safety Jerry Wilson recorded an interception and was all over the field. As the defense gave high-fives to Wilson while he was heading off the field, they got right back down to business. Two plays later a pass by Brees that was intended for Eric Parker was intercepted by cornerback Quentin Jammer. Strong safety Terrance Kiel intercepted a pass and knocked down another during the morning workout.

    Although the defense has seemed to dominate these last few practices, the offense still connected on some crowd-pleasing plays. Philip Rivers, redeeming himself from throwing a connected deep down the field with rookie receiver Vincent Jackson. Soon after, Brees connected with wide receiver Keenan McCardell despite heavy pressure from Edwards and Stephen Cooper.

    Later in the drill, things got a little testy in the back field between wide receiver Kassim Osgood and cornerback Drayton Florence after Osgood caught a pass from Brees. Drayton tied Osgood up, and the former San Diego State Aztec flipped the ball at the feisty corner. Their teammates enjoy the extracurricular activities.

    "Flo and Kassim always have got something going, but it's all in good fun," explained Jammer. "It's an every day thing. Florence stripped the ball from Osgood yesterday in practice so it carried over to today's practice. We laugh at them, and it helps keep us loose."
    Following practice, Schottenheimer expressed his pleasure in how his team is practicing.

    "There's a chemistry I think that's being formed here," Schottenheimer said. "They enjoy enjoy working with one another. Today was kind of a day when it could have gone either way when you go out on the field because it's kind of in the dog days of training camp. But I challenged them, and they stepped up."

    Godfrey Back

    Linebacker Randall Godfrey returned to action Friday morning after missing several practices with a minor knee injury. The tenth-year pro has said that 2005 will be his final season.

    Rookie Chores

    Following practice, defensive tackle Luis Castillo was put to work. Castillo, one of two first round picks of the Chargers last April, walked around the locker room distributing payroll checks to his teammates.

    "We've got to keep them in their place," laughed linebacker Steve Foley, who continues to have Shawne Merriman carry his pads following practice.

    Is the Price Right?

    Friday morning's practice went a little longer than usual, causing the offensive linemen to miss the end of their favorite T.V. show.

    "Man, the Showcase Showdown is already over," said a disappointed Mike Goff.

    Word is that Goff and Shane Olivea typically engage in a stiff competition to see who can guess the correct value of the prize packages.
     

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