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Highly Motivated? Training Camp Report: Day 7

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    By Lowell Leoncio
    <em>BoltTalk Staff Writer</em>

    Friday, August 3, 2007

    <img src="http://i2.chargers.com/assets/180/33336_699w393h.jpg" title="Chargers training camp 2007, Chargers.com photo" alt="Chargers training camp 2007, Chargers.com photo" align="right" height="208" width="316" />Day 7 of training camp at Charger Park witnessed a noticeable drop in participation on the offensive side of the ball, particularly at wide receiver."  With Eric Parker already out, Vincent Jackson missed another day of practice, while Craig Davis and Kassim Osgood joined him observing from the sidelines. On the flipside, this opened up the opportunity for others vying for a roster spot and allowed them to get some reps in with the first and second teams.

    As is becoming seemingly ordinary, Philip Rivers and Malcom Floyd hooked up on a few occasions for short and medium gains. Also working with the first team, Legedu Naane saw quite a bit of work. Naane filled in admirably and was another of Rivers' favorite targets . Outside of Floyd and Naane, the offense kept it fairly simple. Both Rivers and Billy Volek threw quite a bit to the flat and over the middle with several short crossing patterns.

    On the defensive side of the ball, there wasn't anything overly spectacular. Antonio Gates lined up wide a few times met by Eric Weddle. Whereas the rookie Weddle has made some plays against the tight end in previous practices, it is apparent why Gates is an All-Pro."  Using his body, creating separation, and doing all the customary things he normally does, Gates got the best of the rookie on a couple of occasions."  Nothing flashy, but enough to move the chains.

    Drayton Florence's stone hands were also on display again, as Rivers rifled what look to be somewhat of a hook pattern to Greg Camarillo, right to him for what should have been an interception. For those closely following the training camp battles, there was nothing Florence did to really separate himself from the man waiting in the wings, Antonio Cromartie. On the other hand, "Cro" didn't stand out much today either. Clinton Hart worked opposite Marlon McCree at safety with the first team, while Eric Weddle and Bhawoh Jue held it down for the second team."  Stephen Cooper was one of the defensive players that stood out the most today as he was very responsive to where the ball was.

    Overall, the atmosphere on the field seemed rather lax. With all the speculation surrounding the coaching carousel played by the Chargers this offseason, one might believe that the suspected motivational void left by Marty Schottenheimer is right on point. The last two days of practice seemed like a watered down version of training camp seen just a year ago. Particularly, the fiery defensive mentality led by the linebacker corps of a year past is seemingly not present at camp. Perhaps, this goes beyond exuberance and what is really being seen is a group that is not only motivated, but focused. With that said, this team is talented enough to get by on talent alone, but if it matures faster than its average age, then the rest of the NFL is in trouble."  Often times, success stems from once being humbled. Moving forward, FanFest should kick things into a higher gear.

    News and Notes:

    *Eric"  Parker underwent a toe operation Friday morning that may keep him sidelined for up to 10 weeks
     

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