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Inside Slant - 06/02/07

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm" target="_blank">USA Today</a>
    <p class="inside-copy"><img src="http://i1.chargers.com/assets/178/33088_699w393h.jpg" title="Quentin jammer at Chargers 2007 Mini Camp" alt="Quentin jammer at Chargers 2007 Mini Camp" align="right" height="198" width="278" /> With the change in the calendar comes a change in the intensity.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> OK, it's only June. But that's just one preceding July's training camp, as the Chargers began their journey, which they hopes ends deep in the playoffs.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> And June also offers the final minicamp, where youngsters and veterans can show their bosses they have the right stuff to be a starter.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> For starters, the keenest competition could come at cornerback. Quentin Jammer's job is safe as he comes off his best season as a pro.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> But the starter opposite Jammer is still in question.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> A peek at the depth chart shows Drayton Florence in that role. And Florence didn't have a bad season, although most will remember his key transgression: absorbing a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the playoff loss to the Patriots.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Florence finished with 63 tackles and three interceptions in starting every game.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> But even before that bonehead move by Florence against the Patriots, backup Antonio Cromartie was certainly on the coach's radar.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Cromartie, the team's top pick at No. 19 overall in 2006, got his feet wet during his rookie season. He played on the nickel packages, with Florence sliding inside to cover the slot receiver.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> And that was with Cromartie returning to the field after missing his senior season at Florida State with a wrecked knee.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Cromartie, though, didn't have a big impact in recording but 11 tackles and no interceptions. Instead, his biggest contributions came on special teams when he showed his team-best speed when running down Cleveland's Dennis Northcutt on what appeared to be a 91-yard punt return for a score.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Cromartie also returned 10 kickoffs for a 29.7-yard average. That included a long of 91 yards.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Many think it won't be long until Cromartie eclipses Florence for a starting cornerback's role. That competition is among those worth watching this summer.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-All-Pro TE Antonio Gates has been getting a look at wide receiver. "He runs the routes so well; he can run all the wide receiver routes," coach Norv Turner said. "It's something that we want to incorporate. How much we do of it depends on who we're playing and how they're playing us."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The team conducts its final minicamp June 8-10 at Chargers Park.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB LaDainian Tomlinson was telling the story of when he was 12 years old and attending Emmitt Smith's football clinic. Suddenly, Smith jumped into the drill and put a football in a wide-eyed Tomlinson's midsection. "It was like one of the great moments of my life," the NFL's MVP said. Tomlinson hopes some other kid takes away that same sensation at his recent football camp. "Hopefully I can do the same for him as what Smith did for me," he said.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Rookie S Eric Weddle always hears what he can't do, or how his measurables don't measure up. He just shrugs and goes to work. "I've been doubted my whole life, whether it was Pop Warner, high school, college," he said. "People say I'm not big enough, fast enough, strong enough. I just go and play."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Craig Davis, the team's top pick, could be in the mix as a punt-returner.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "He's not a receiver and he's not a tight end. He's somewhere in between. You can create matchups with him." - Coach Norv Turner on the versatility of fifth-round pick Legedu Naanee.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Randall Godfrey.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-S Terrence Kiel.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DT Ryon Bingham: ERFA; teams unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Greg Camarillo: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OG Kris Dielman: UFA; $39M/6 yrs, $18M guaranteed.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Malcom Floyd: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Marques Harris: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Cory Lekkerkerker: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Shaun Phillips: Potential RFA; 6 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Carlos Polk: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DE Derreck Robinson: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB Michael Turner: RFA; $2.35M/1 yr.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-C Cory Withrow: UFA: 3 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS LOST</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Donnie Edwards: UFA Chiefs; $13.5M/3 yrs, $7.5M SB.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Steve Foley (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Az-Zahir Hakim: UFA Dolphins; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Darrell Jackson (traded 49ers).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Leander Jordan: UFA Falcons; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Ryan Krause: Not tendered as RFA/Browns; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Keenan McCardell (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Aaron Shea (released).</p>

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