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New 20-play period prepares team for the unexpected

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    9:05 p.m. August 10, 2009

    SAN DIEGO ” The Chargers have been running a 20-play period in training camp practices a couple of times a week in which the No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense go against a version of a scout team.

    It resembles what they do during a regular-season practice, and it is designed to help them get a jump on simulating their regular-season opponents so they're not seeing a certain look for the first time just before playing a team.

    “It gives us looks our defense can't give,” Norv Turner said of the new period.

    And vice versa.

    Most team periods in training camp involve the first-team offense going against the first-team defense. But with the Chargers having a specific kind of defense and offense, there are looks not natural for them to show one another.

    “There are things we need to prepare for,” Turner said.

    Starter scares

    Linebacker Shawne Merriman jogged off the field and did not participate in the final half of Monday afternoon's two-hour practice in pads.

    Merriman is experiencing tightness in his groin, which he attributed to still getting in football shape after a season and offseason on the sideline.

    “Everyone thinks it's going to be the knee,” said Merriman, who had major knee surgery in September. “But it's the other stuff as I get my mechanics right.”

    Right guard Kynan Forney, back to work after a few days off to witness the birth of his baby girl, got “jammed up wrong” on a play and stayed down on the ground for almost five minutes before getting up and having an ice pack applied to the back of his neck.

    He was walking fine a while later and said he was OK.

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    Rookie linebacker Larry English returned to practice. He looked fresh and fast after six practices sidelined by a tight hamstring. The coaches are piling the information on him, and so far English is processing everything and performing well.

    Rookie guard Louis Vasquez is out of his protective boot and was walking fine in sneakers. A sprained foot has kept him out of the past six practices, but he could return soon.

    Vincent Jackson caught several bombs from Philip Rivers. That is not troubling for the defense, as Jackson has become one of the NFL's elite receivers. What is troubling is that Chargers' tight ends are wide open a lot.

    With Eric Weddle (ankle) still out, Paul Oliver worked with the first team at strong safety.

    Tim Dobbins worked in place of Stephen Cooper at strongside inside linebacker. That might not be a good sign for Brandon Siler, who has been Cooper's backup.

    Defensive end Jacques Cesaire (calf) returned to work in the afternoon after missing five practices.
    Meanwhile, receiver Buster Davis extended his practice streak to six.

    Nose tackle Jamal Williams, as healthy as he's been in at least three years, worked both practices.

    LaDainian Tomlinson made a spectacular catch on a bomb from Rivers. That's something the Chargers worked on last summer but didn't use last year after Tomlinson hurt his toe in the season opener.

    Cornerback Quentin Jammer, probably the best Charger not to get much publicity, took part in a photo shoot Monday for ESPN The Magazine for its football preview issue.
  2. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007
    "Meanwhile, receiver Buster Davis extended his practice streak to six."

    Buster Watch '09 continues...
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  3. Zeus

    Zeus BoltTalker

    Nov 21, 2006
    Playing against the Scout team is that something done throughout the league?

    I don't remember the Chargers doing it before. Just curious if it is something Norv and company instituted and made it regular.
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    20 plays? The offense didn't get that many the entire second half of last year's Pittsburgh game. :icon_evil:
  5. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

    Sep 9, 2006
    What is troubling is that Chargers' tight ends are wide open a lot.

    Uggghhh. I hope they can fix that. That got old quick last year. Our new boy in the middle has to take care of this shiat.
  6. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Paging Kevin Burnett
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  7. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    :yes: please.
  8. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    "Watch" Buster get cut.....

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