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First OCS

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, May 18, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Kevin Acee
    Tuesday, May 18, 2010


    Chargers players were on the field for almost two hours Tuesday in the first of 12 offseason coaching sessions over the next five weeks. (Plus five practices during minicamp, May 26-28).

    They also spent almost two hours in meetings and lifted for about an hour.

    First-round pick Ryan Mathews and third-rounder Donald Butler did not attend because their schools have not held graduation ceremonies yet. Mathews can work out with the team after Friday. Butler will only attend the final week of OCS, because the University of Washington is on the quarter system and doesn't get out until mid-June.

    Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill and Shawne Merriman were all absent. That was expected. The four restricted free agents are sitting out this offseason due to their dissatisfaction with their contract situations. (Merriman did participate in some conditioning sessions.)

    Kicker Nate Kaeding, who has worked out at Chargers Park this month, is not here this week. He is expected to be at minicamp.

    The only player who did not make it on the field at all was receiver Legedu Naanee, who is still recovering from foot surgery. Right tackle Jeromey Clary, backup center Scott Mruczkowski, defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo and defensive end Vaughn Martin, also all rehabbing, did work on the side. All are expected to be full-go by training camp and could even have limited participation in minicamp.

    Outside linebacker Jyles Tucker and Antwaan Applewhite practiced fully after both missed most of last season following surgeries. It should be an interesting battle for playing time and even a roster spot there.

    Brandyn Dombrowski worked at left tackle with McNeill gone, and Corey Clark worked at right tackle with Clary sidelined.

    Former Chargers linebacker Carlos Polk is working as an assistant as part of the NFL's minority fellowship program. The gregarious and extremely loud Polk has been missed during practices and in the locker room. Philip Rivers at least once tried to draw Polk into some banter, the way they used to do as teammates, but at least for today Polk was all business.

    Punter Mike Scifres, coming off groin surgery, kicked on the side.

    Buster Davis was all over the field making catches. Of course, he was the only veteran receiver on the field.

    Much of the first practice consisted of individual position drills. There wasn't much to take from what they did. You never want to read too much into a May workout.
    But ...

    Kevin Ellison looks as if he's determined to hold onto his spot at strong safety. He might not be any faster, but he clearly is working hard and his ball awareness has never been in question.

    Cam Thomas is a stud. That is not to say he is Jamal Williams or ever will be -- even if he is wearing Williams' former number. But he is strong, and he just looks like he might be able to handle the job at nose tackle. Antonio Garay and Ogemdi Nwagbuo will probably play a lot, but Thomas could emerge sooner rather than later.

    Shaun Philips looked good -- enough so that it stood out on the first workout, in May. Say what you will about what happened in the playoff game and the way he's handled it. He has grown into a complete player. He is not and never will be the beast Merriman is, but Philips knows where to be and what to do.





    http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/bolts-blog/2010/may/18/first-ocs/
     
  2. Dublin Bolt

    Dublin Bolt BoltTalker

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    Cam Thomas a stud?, already?. And he is going to play backup to Garay and OG?. :icon_huh:

    C'mon Kevin, did u really write that?. I hope you are right but how come this guy slid so far in the draft if he is all that?. :icon_shrug:
     
  3. DenverBolt67

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    He did say "Antonio Garay and Ogemdi Nwagbuo will probably play a lot, but Thomas could emerge sooner rather than later. " So he may be a stud of a player, but will still need time to learn the play book and get comfortable with the guys he is playing with.

    I just hope he ends up being a "Stud" this year because I am not comfortable with 300lb OG playing NT nor career backup Garay
     
  4. scratchnz

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    It all sounds very encouraging to say the least!

    I'm looking forward to hearing more:tup:
     
  5. LightEmUp

    LightEmUp Banned Banned

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    Listen to Acee sell the fans!!!

    I really liked the parts about Buster Davis being all over the field. THATS ODD. :icon_rofl:

    And the heartfelt tribute to 95. "Say what you will about what happened in the playoff game and the way he's handled it. He has grown into a complete player. He is not and never will be the beast Merriman is, but Philips knows where to be and what to do."

    WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY? :icon_rofl::icon_rofl: ohhh man.


    Get Acee to a Honda dealership asap. He could sell 10 cars today!
     
  6. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    Anybody else hear that??

    There it is again! ... Listen really close...

    [​IMG]
     
  7. CoronaDoug

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    Hopefully he is doubling up his appointments with his sports psychologist. :icon_rofl:
     
  8. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    We've already been through this Doug, his psychologist's name is Dr. Mary Jane.
     
  9. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    So that explains the anxiety and his craving for Doritos during playoff games. :lol:
     
  10. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    Anxiety from smoking the herb? Never. I can't disagree about Dorito's, however.
     
  11. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    One closed practice does not redemption bring, not even remotely close

    The Ellison v Stuckey battle and Dombrowski v Clary will be my favorites to watch this off-season
     
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  12. Retired Catholic

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    Ellison just needs a little time. Remember a guy named Fulcher? The way we platoon players, Stuckey and E could be a potent combo. E could be the most ossum ST guy in history.
     
  13. Johnny Lightning

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    First OTAs conclude

    By Christopher Smith, Chargers.com
    Posted 5 hours ago

    Pace of practice moves up one notch on fourth day as young players get more reps.

    SAN DIEGO – A barely-perceptible increase in tempo and intensity marked the fourth day of voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Friday.
    The Chargers practiced in shorts for two hours, just like they’ve done since Tuesday, and that repetition has made a difference, quarterback Billy Volek[​IMG] said.
    Several rookies and young players got opportunities to hoard repetitions that might not be available in training camp, and that development has accelerated their understanding of the practice routine.
    “Right now we’re putting in a great deal of plays. We don’t have a lot of veteran players here right now, so we’re just giving our young guys a great chance to learn it, go out there and practice it and execute it,” Volek said. “When the younger guys are watching the vets do it it’s harder for them to learn, but when they’re actually doing it, executing plays and getting a feel of what we’re trying to do, they’re able to pick it up right away.
    “The veteran guys who aren’t here, they know what we’re doing. They know what we’re trying to do on certain plays.”
    Rookie orientation took place May 7-8, but this week offered the first chance to see what life is really like as a member of the Chargers, left guard Chris Dielman said.
    “It just gives them a chance to see what’s expected of them. How we practice, the tempo that we practice at and what we’re going to expect from them when they get in there,” he said.
    Those absent provided talking points and gave some new names an opportunity, but Dielman praised the team’s communication this week, particularly along the offensive line.
    Though the sessions focus on installation and acclimation and can’t rival a full-pads practice in their resemblance to an actual game, the week did mark the beginning of the new season in many ways.
    The Chargers now can begin on-field preparations for their quest to win the franchise its fifth consecutive AFC West title and a Super Bowl.
    “This is a long process. As long as we can come in every day and when we’re here, give it 100 percent, we’re gonna achieve our goal,” Volek said. “You’ve just got to take it one day at a time. The turnout that we’ve had from guys working out in the offseason program has shown that a lot of guys are committed to this organization.”
    And that extra dash of dialogue and speed Friday? That’s a byproduct of football players getting a grocery-store sample of what they love to do.
    “We’re all here because we like to compete, so pads or no pads, it’s just an opportunity to get out there and be back with your boys and compete and try to make yourselves better,” Dielman said.
    The Chargers will reconvene on the field Wednesday for a three-day minicamp. The eight remaining OTAs will take place in June.

    DIALOGUE: Restricted free agent linebacker Shawne Merriman[​IMG] has switched agents. His new agent, David Dunn, met with General Manager A.J. Smith and Vice President Ed McGuire on Thursday.
    “We had a meeting with David that was very productive and enlightening on a number of fronts,” Smith said. “Regarding Shawne, I told him we are open-minded regarding his situation. We have many other player situations to ponder in the year ahead.”
    The sixth-year veteran has not signed his one-year tender offer from the team, nor have fellow RFAs Vincent Jackson[​IMG], Malcom Floyd[​IMG], Travis Johnson[​IMG] and Marcus McNeill[​IMG]. If not signed by June 15, one-year tenders to NFL restricted free agents are reduced to 110% of the player’s 2009 salary.
     
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    BOLTS: A one-handed grab by Mike Tolbert[​IMG] drew applause from the other running backs during individual work Friday. He later hauled in a pass from Philip Rivers[​IMG] for what would’ve been a touchdown during a two-minute drill … The team reset the ball at the 3-yard line and Eric Weddle[​IMG] swatted the next pass to the ground standing on the goal line … Steve Gregory[​IMG] took repetitions at cornerback with the first defense and deflected a pass intended for Dedrick Epps[​IMG]Richard Goodman[​IMG] caught a pair of passes from Volek despite close pressure from cornerbacks … Rivers scooped a sidearmed pass to Buster Davis[​IMG] in the end zone after a long scramble.


    PRACTICE WEATHER: 65 degrees, sunny
     

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