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Gregory shines in first workout in pads

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee

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    August 2, 2009, 7:07 p.m.

    There's a battle for playing time at safety, and Steve Gregory is playing like it.

    On a day in which the defensive backs shined, Gregory made two nice pass breakups and had an interception. The pick immediately followed his second PBU.

    Gregory worked primarily with the first-team in the nickel defense, though Clinton Hart also got a few snaps with the ones. Kevin Ellison worked mostly with the third team.

    Norv Turner, as he always does, opened up the first full-pads workout by having some of the rookies do the Oklahoma drill, in which an offensive and defensive player go one-on-one and a back tries to run past the defender between two cones. Third-round pick Louis Vasquez stoned fourth-rounder Vaughn Martin twice in a row. Then, free agent defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo peeled off fourth rounder Tyronne Green three times in a row.

    Martin was impressive later in one-on-ones. First-round pick Larry English did well too.

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    Turner also had the third team go live for a handful of plays. Running back Gartrell Johnson, a fourth-round pick, showed what was hoped of him once pads were on. He can run through holes and keeps his legs churning in the pile.

    Before free agents Ben Muth and Wopamo Osaisai sat out today, not one player had missed a practice.

    Kevin Burnett, still getting the hang of this defense after signing as a free agent, had his best day of practice. He appears as if he might make plays.

    Philip Rivers wore the brace on his right knee today. He says he'll wear that during the season, just for extra support.

    No surprise here: Malcom Floyd is making great catch after great catch.
     
  2. RM24

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  3. Alpenbolt

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    Gregory is ridiculously undersized. Amazingly small in person. There is no way that dude is 5-11.

    Seems a good instinctive player but at some point a guy that small just has a tough time staying healthly in the NFL when they get serious playing time.

    Count me as unsold on Gregory as a starter. Fine as a package guy.
     
  4. Retired Catholic

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    Competition in camp=dept=wins=Lombardi.
     
  5. Johnny Lightning

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    Safety Gregory makes strong impression on first day in pads

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    11:47 p.m. August 2, 2003

    There is a competition for playing time at safety, and Steve Gregory is making a push to no longer be the forgotten man in the Chargers' secondary.

    On the team's first practice of training camp in pads, Gregory was seemingly everywhere Sunday. An interception capped a day in which he also swooped in to break up two passes.

    “I had a good day,” Gregory said. “I'm a guy who just goes out every day and does whatever is asked of me. Whether I get credit or not, that's fine. I'm just trying to help the team and do whatever I can out there.”

    An undrafted free agent in 2006, Gregory last August got a three-year, $4.8 million contract extension. He ended up starting four of the Chargers' final six games when Clinton Hart was injured. He has also played corner.

    “Steve's an outstanding football player, and he's very versatile and sometimes doesn't get credit for being able to do the things he can do,” coach Norv Turner said.

    Gregory played primarily with the first team in the nickel defense Sunday. Clinton Hart also took turns with the first team in nickel formation. Rookie Kevin Ellison is working with the second and third team in different packages.

    A few more days like Sunday and Gregory will ice his role in the substitution packages, which the Chargers are in as often as they are in their base defense.

    “I love playing defense,” Gregory said. “It's just been going good and I'm trying to work every day to keep increasing my role and doing whatever I can to help out there.”

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    Training camp moves into a new gear when padded practices begin. Players are more vocal, it gets a little testy in the trenches, and the playmakers show up.

    “Everyone looks good in shorts, so once you get the pads on, you identify the real from the fake, and that's the great thing about pads,” linebacker Shaun Phillips said. “And if you play football, you should love contact. That should be the No. 1 thing that everybody loves that plays football.”

    Where the first and second teams play to a whistle, ostensibly before anyone hits the ground, Turner has the third team go a handful of plays live, through the tackle.

    Turner opened Sunday's practice in familiar fashion – with the Oklahoma Drill, wherein an offensive and defensive player go one-on-one with the defensive player trying to tackle a back running by between two cones.

    Where former coach Marty Schottenheimer used to have the entire team do the drill, Turner has a few rookies go before getting on with practice.

    Sunday, third-round pick Louis Vasquez held off fourth-rounder Vaughn Martin twice before free-agent defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo freed himself from fourth-round pick Tyronne Green three straight times to make the tackle.

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    For the first time this camp, players missed practice because of injury. Free agents Ben Muth and Wopamo Osaisai worked on the side. No player expected to be on the 53-man roster has missed any of the five practices.

    Philip Rivers wore a brace on his right knee, as he did last season. He says he will wear it again this season, for extra support.
     
  6. Dublin Bolt

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    Kassim Osgood said Cletis Gordon had 2 picks yesterday and yet not a mention for him in the UT (or elsewhere for that matter). Why so?..... some form of bias goin on?.

    He also really like GJ, compares him to the Burner.
     
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    After the game in Pitt last playoffs, Cletus Gordon is dead to me.
     
  8. PowderLove

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    Whenever there is something about a player doing very well in camp, it makes me wonder what's going on with the player opposite them. Does this mean our wrs/PR are looking bad?
     

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