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Things getting physical for athletic rookie Thomas

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 10:10 p.m.

    Fifth-round draft pick Cam Thomas showed during the spring and summer that he is athletic and strong, enough to entice the Chargers that he might be able to play a significant number of snaps at nose tackle this season.

    But that evaluation didn’t really start until Sunday, when the Chargers practiced in pads for the first time and things got physical.

    “Basically, I’m starting over again, earning my stripes,” Thomas said. “… The game isn’t played without pads. If you can’t do it with pads on, you can’t play football.”
    Thomas got the best of guard Tyronne Green in the “Oklahoma” drill that started practice but had a little tougher time later in team drills, though he certainly did not get pushed around.

    “What he’s going to be asked to do in pads is different than what we did in shells,” head coach Norv Turner said. “He’s going to have a chance to learn from (Antonio) Garay and (Ogemdi Nwagbuo). He’s lucky. He’s going to go against (Kris) Dielman, against (Nick) Hardwick, real physical players. He’s going to get a good taste of it.

    “That’s the biggest thing for him is learning how to play against really good offensive linemen and playing the physical style, because he’s got every bit of athleticism you need. He’s big, can run, he can jump over people. He’s got a great first step. The skill part, he shows all the signs he’s going to be outstanding. But is he going to go knock people back and be a physical football player?”

    Smooth, quick negotiations

    First-round draft pick Ryan Mathews said he has “a little bit of making up to do” after missing four practices.

    But he actually doesn’t. He was here most of the spring and worked out at Chargers Park until the middle of July.

    “A week from now we’ll forget he missed two days,” Turner said.

    One front office person even referred to Mathews being “early,” a reference to the deal getting done about 48 hours after the first numbers were exchanged.
    Asked how it felt to have Mathews signed relatively quickly, General Manager A.J. Smith said: “It feels good. It’s very important, and now it’s time for him to get to work.”

    After watching practice along with Mathews’ agent, Frank Bauer, who could be mistaken for Smith’s brother, Smith also expressed his pleasure over negotiations.
    “Contract talks were as smooth and professional as can be,” he said. “That’s the way it goes when you work with Frank Bauer.”

    Nuts ‘n’ Bolts

    Larry English, who had been working with the first team in Shawne Merriman’s absence, missed his second straight practice with what he called a “tweaked” ligament in his foot. Jyles Tucker worked with the starters in place of English.

    • Fullback Mike Tolbert, who took the majority of first-team snaps at tailback the first four practices of camp, sat out Sunday with a balky hamstring.

    Malcom Floyd made three outstanding catches, though at least one of them might have been called back on offensive pass interference.

    Donald Strickland, signed as a free agent in the offseason, is playing a disruptive nickel back. He broke up a pass Sunday that turned into a Steve Gregory interception.
  2. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007
    I think we should have kept Jamal to teach this kid the ropes.
  3. cranberry

    cranberry BoltTalker

    Oct 3, 2006
    You're right, but there are a lot of coaches around.

    Ryan could be teached by LT.

    Malcom maybe with having Chambers a little longer.

    But we haven't had the money and the space at the 53-roster. So I feel we'll see a great team this year.
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    He's already wearing #76. Isn't that enough? :icon_tease:

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