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Turner likes offseason progression as Mini Camp starts.

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  1. Johnny Lightning

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    Ahead of pace


    By Christopher Smith, Chargers.com
    Posted 1 hour ago
    5-26-2010


    Head Coach Norv Turner likes the Chargers’ offseason progression as Mini Camp starts.

    SAN DIEGO – Head Coach Norv Turner has seen plenty of good teams roll through offseason work.
    He’s coached in nearly 200 NFL games as the head man and guided four teams to division titles, including three consecutive in the AFC West.
    His words Wednesday, then, carried some weight.
    “It’s got a special feeling when you get your Mini Camp going and I really like what our guys did this morning. I really think our guys have put the time in over the last eight to 10 weeks, and it shows in the way they’re moving around and what they’re doing,” Turner said.
    “I think we’re ahead of any point we’ve been at this point (in Mini Camp) since I’ve been here, and I’m excited about what our guys are doing to get ready for the season.”

    WRs PLUG AWAY: The group of rookie receivers that swelled to seven Wednesday continues to receive the majority of passes during 11-on-11s.
    “They’re getting opportunities and getting thrown right in there whereas normally they may be watching,” quarterback Philip Rivers[​IMG] said. “They’re getting a lot of great work and it’ll do nothing but help them and us.”
    Buster Davis[​IMG] and Gary Banks, the other returnees, each made multiple catches during the morning practice.
    Davis adjusted well to a ball on the left hash, leaning to snare Rivers’ pass away from his body with Antoine Cason[​IMG] close by. He chased down another Rivers pass about 30 yards from scrimmage working against Quentin Jammer[​IMG], but left practice after getting tangled with Eric Weddle while both leaped for a pass.
    Turner said the injury wasn’t serious.

    SUPER SHRUG: At least one Chargers player doesn’t mind the NFL’s announcement that East Rutherford, N.J., will host the 2014 Super Bowl.
    “I don’t think it bothers too many guys on this team,” linebacker Stephen Cooper[​IMG] said.
    The league awarded the game to New York’s new Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday after owners decided to waive a rule requiring host cities to average a temperature of 50 degrees or play in a dome.
    “Everybody’s goal is to get to that game,” Cooper said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s in Alaska, Africa or New York. As long as we’re playing in it, I’m happy.”
    A temperature below freezing wouldn’t be unusual for the stadium in February, but San Diego has played in worse. They lost to Cincinnati, 27-7, in the Freezer Bowl on Jan. 10, 1982. The wind chill reached minus-59, coldest in NFL history.

    PAGANO SKILLS CAMP: Linebackers Coach John Pagano will host his second-annual skills clinic July 9-11 at Scripps Ranch High School.
    The three-day clinic will feature guest appearances by NFL players and coaches. The cost is $125, which includes food at all three sessions.
    Limited space is available and registration is due by June 30. More details and the registration form can be accessed at www.scrippsranchpopwarner.com. Look for the link in the bottom right-hand corner.

    BACK TO WORK: Kicker Nate Kaeding[​IMG] returned to the field during the morning practice and did some work, although Turner said he did not kick as hard as he can.
    It was his first on-field practice since he injured his groin prior to the Pro Bowl.

    FIELD BUZZ: Cornerback Antoine Cason noticed an unwelcome presence on the field during the morning practice.
    “There’s bees out there. It’s time to go!” he said.

    BOLTS: Brandon Dombrowski continues to practice at left tackle with the first offense … Steve Gregory[​IMG] participated with the first defense. He stepped in front of a pass intended for Davis, but watched as the ball careened off his chest and into the receivers’ hands … Ernest Smith[​IMG] made a pretty over-the-shoulder catch during 1-on-1s 40 yards downfield … Jyles Tucker[​IMG] batted down one pass at the line of scrimmage and tipped another to himself for an interception … Quentin Jammer also had an interception during 11-on-11s.


    PRACTICE WEATHER: 63 degrees, sunny (a.m.); 68 degrees, sunny (p.m.)
     
  2. Johnny Lightning

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    Buster out in afternoon

    Kevin Acee
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010


    Oft-injured Buster Davis, who has been having a fantastic offseason, missed the afternoon practice after hitting his head on the ground following a midair collision with Eric Weddle.
    Norv Turner said Davis could return Thursday or Friday.

    • The afternoon practice saw outside linebacker Antwan Applewhite working after missing the morning with a tender hamstring.
    • The outside LB who looked great was Jyles Tucker. Players and coaches have been commenting how driven Tucker appears this offseason. He is leaner and appears quicker. He deflected two passes in team drills, intercepting one of them.
    • New cornerbacks Nathan Vasher and Donald Strickland have had injury problems and were signed for cheap. Who knows how they'll work out, but they are clearly veterans. Working as the second-team CBs, they consistently knew where to be and made plays.
    • Defensive lineman Travis Johnson signed his restricted free agent tender of $1.22 million. Johnson has been conditioning and practicing with the team for two months anyway.

    Video here... http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/bolts-blog/2010/may/26/buster-missed-afternoon/
     
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    By Kevin Acee, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    Safety rotation

    With Ellison out, Steve Gregory worked primarily with the first team in the base defense at strong safety, but fourth-round pick Darrell Stuckey also took some turns.
    After a week of coaching sessions, Stuckey said he feels “a lot more confident.” But it was still a step up working with the starters.
    “(They) talk a little more and they expect you to react a little quicker,” he said.

    Shaking it off

    First-round draft pick Ryan Mathews had trouble sleeping Tuesday night before his first practice with the Chargers’ veterans, and he still felt a little amped as the late-morning workout got underway.
    Philip Rivers noticed, and he spoke with Mathews before the morning practice and made a point to talk to him at various times throughout the two workouts.
    “He knew I was nervous a little bit,” Mathews said. “… He knew I had a little bit of jitters and everything. He told me to relax and just have fun.”
    Mathews, who missed last week’s coaching sessions due to an NFL rule that restricts underclassmen from working before their school’s graduation, got to San Diego on Sunday and was at Chargers Park the first two days of the week trying to catch up in the playbook.
    “My mind is going 100 miles an hour, just with all the different plays, and then how fast the pace is and everything,” he said. “Everything is a lot faster (than rookie camp). … It’s faster paced, bigger dudes and the veterans out there know what they’re doing, so you have to be more on your game and everything.”

    Nuts ’n’ Bolts

    •The Big Four restricted free agents — Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill and Shawne Merriman — continue to sit out. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Travis Johnson has been participating in the offseason program even though he did not sign his $1.22 million tender until yesterday.
    •Receiver Buster Davis’ superb offseason was continuing — until he and safety Eric Weddle collided midair and Davis’ head hit the ground toward the end of yesterday’s first practice. Davis did not work in the afternoon. Turner said he could return before the end of minicamp.
    •Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips, who received backlash for a recent radio interview, has taken a vow of public silence. He said Wednesday he is not talking to the media this season in order to focus entirely on football and went as far as to promise he will stop using Twitter after the summer. Phillips has almost 360,000 followers on the social media network and rarely goes more than a couple hours without posting a comment.
    •Running back Darren Sproles wasn’t pleased, but the training staff thought it best that he not practice due to a sore hamstring. Sproles said he will practice Thursday.

    Mike Scifres punted live for the first time yesterday following January surgery to repair the tear in his abdomen and bilateral hernia that hindered him all last season. Said Scifres: “It felt good. The big thing will be tomorrow when I get up.”
    •Placekicker Nate Kaeding kicked for the first time since injuring his groin at the Pro Bowl in February. Said Kaeding: “It was encouraging.”
     
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    Gates evidently OK, Buster still out

    Kevin Acee
    Thursday, May 27, 2010


    Antonio Gates is expected at minicamp by Friday, though likely not to practice.
    The good news is that there is no news. After Gates visited a specialist in North Carolina, word from the Chargers is that his foot ailment is not believed to be serious.
    "I think he's going to be fine," Norv Turner said.

    • Receiver Buster Davis sat out a second straight practice with a pretty severe headache resulting from his collision with Eric Weddle in Wednesday morning's practice. Davis will not practice the rest of minicamp and is expected to return for the final four coaching sessions the week after next.
    • Cornerback Quentin Jammer was also out due to leg soreness that arose when he collided with Davis on Wednesday morning.
    • Free agent receivers Ernest Smith and Jeremy Williams are having a great camp, making catches and showing flashes that reveal their pro potential. Seyi Ajirotutu, a big free agent receiver out of Fresno State is also clearly someone Norv Turner wants to make a push to make the roster, based on the fact Turner is riding him harder than any player on the field -- and has since the first rookie camp.
    • Darren Sproles returned to practice after missing Wednesday with a tender hamstring. He and first-round pick Ryan Mathews split time working with the first team.
    • Kris Wilson, who has had a solid offseason and is getting a lot of work in Gates' absence, made an outstanding catch over Stephen Cooper in the back of the end zone.

    OLB Larry English was mostly a pass-rusher at Northern Illinois, where he had 10.5 sacks his final season. “No question he’s got a lot better feel for where he’s supposed to be and what his role is in the coverages,” coach Norv Turner said.

    It’s never easy for a rookie RB to come in and master pass-blocking schemes. During a special teams segment this morning, Ryan Matthews got extra one-on-one tutelage on pass blocking from running backs coach Ollie Wilson.
     
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    BUSTer is going to be cut this year, far too unreliable. It seems like he's out there colliding with everyone...what's up with that?
     
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    The new guys have talent and will at least be on the field to play. If Buster makes it through camp healthy, he will probably stick. If not, he'll be history. He's probably trying to shake the lack of grit reputation he's gotten, trying to show some toughness. Not a great idea in mini camp practice. Both players are at unnecessary risk. I'm intrigued by Ajirotutu. Strange there not much being said about Gary Banks.
     

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