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Lights, Camera, Action: Part Two! Training Camp Report: Day 12

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  1. robdog

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

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007

    Fans came pouring in early and often on this Wednesday evening. The second night practice of training camp began with an autograph session that was preceded by the proverbial chant of "LT" in a vocal tug of war for the opportunity to land a prized autograph. LT played along before recognizing a group of kids amongst the crowd to appease. The atmosphere created by the fans was once again energetic. The night practices generally draw more attention than the mid afternoon practices and the fans more than held their own in support of the team.

    As training camp moves forward, the team seems more and more relaxed. There has been some grumblings that the team is a bit less fired up than last year. Perhaps, they have learned to contain their excitement. The Chargers look comfortable and loose. During the initial special teams drills Antonio Cromartie was playing catch with fellow defensiveback Tra Battle. While, Philip Rivers and Billy Volek were also playing a bit of catch on their own. The two Quarterbacks showed their versatility in launching 20 yard left-handed floaters to each other to see who threw a tighter spiral.

    After the individual sessions, the always popular 1 on 1 drill pitting a receiver and a defensiveback against each other, occurred simultaneously with the 9 on 7 run drill. In the 1 on 1, rookie widereceiver Craig Davis continued to impress beating starting cornerback Quentin Jammer twice. Antonio Cromartie had 2 near interceptions, with one clearly the result of a great read by the second year pro cutting off the route of Vincent Jackson. The 9 on 7 run drill was a very physical one in which the offensive side of the ball showed why they were so dominant running the ball last year.

    After another special teams intermission, the team went right into a two minute drill. Philip Rivers looked fairly sharp in his throws, completing passes to Craig Davis and Vincent Jackson on some short routes. Davis did however drop a 3rd down conversion on a short crossing route. After which, they reset the chains and Rivers rifled a 16 yard completion to his big target Jackson. Rivers then threw a deep strike to Antonio Gates in the endzone, but the pass was broken up by rookie safety Eric Weddle. The defense seemed to get fired up a bit more with Weddle's play . A couple plays later Weddle laid out a big pop on Jackson which resulted in another pass breakup. On the following play, Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips met at the quarterback in what would have resulted in a sack to end the 2 minute drill.

    Overall, there was nothing resounding on this Wednesday night. Those attempting to make the cut will have to make their mark in the preseason games. The drawback to having such a talented team is that some of the younger players may get buried in their attempt to gain recognition. Nonetheless, this practice was just business as usual. Tomorrow's practices are closed to the public. The team will practice once again on Friday prior to their first preseason game of 2007 this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium.

    News and Notes:

    *Carlos Polk LB and Malcom Floyd WR did not participate in tonight's practice
     

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