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Gordon making most of offseason workouts

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee

    Cletis Gordon is entering his fourth season. He's scheduled to make $1.45 million in 2009.

    But there he was Monday at Chargers Park practicing with the rookies and a handful of other second-, third-and fourth-year players.

    “Any time as a player like me, when you can get more reps, it's going to help in the long run,” Gordon said.

    And there he was about noon Monday, the last player on the field, working on his angles of pursuit with assistant Cris Dishman.

    Gordon knows the Chargers drafted a cornerback (Brandon Hughes) to challenge him for playing time and perhaps even a roster spot.

    This is a crucial offseason for Gordon, whose speed, in particular, has made him an intriguing prospect since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006.

    “You can say it's make or break,” Gordon said. “But I feel like every year is make or break for me.”

    Gordon was joined on the field by a few other non-rookies such as Antoine Cason, Brandon Siler and Paul Oliver.

    “These are guys that can use the work,” coach Norv Turner said. “It gives them more reps.”

    Merriman working

    True to his word, Shawne Merriman has had perfect attendance in the off-season training sessions since missing the first week while traveling abroad.

    While he hasn't been cleared to practice, Merriman has spent his time running and cutting on the side as he continues to strengthen his surgically repaired knee.

    “I'm pushing myself as much as I can,” Merriman said. “Doing that right now will make it easier when it's time to go.”

    Merriman guaranteed he will be healthy enough to practice by training camp. But he knows the team may continue to be cautious with him.

    “It all depends on how much they hold me back or allow me to do,” he said.

    Youth rising

    A primary purpose of these off-season workouts, and particularly this week's four practices, is to familiarize the young players with the playbook and speed of the game so they can hit the ground running in training camp.

    If they can do that, then the spring will have served a larger purpose for a few players.

    Even though the Chargers are largely set at many positions, Turner told the rookies Monday they will be needed at some point, in some capacity this season.

    “They will be asked to contribute,” Turner said. “They have to do it. They have to come along quickly.”

    Turner was likely primarily speaking to the likes of Larry English, Louis Vasquez, Vaughn Martin and Kevin Ellison, the draftees who figure to get the most playing time in '09.

    The rookies and select veterans will practice the next three days.
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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    When last seen on a football field, this dude was getting used and abused by Pittsburgh, so yeah, he needs the extra work.
  3. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
  4. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    I don't see him as much more than a return man.

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