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Vasquez to start at RG in preseason finale

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    4:40 p.m. September 2, 2009

    SAN DIEGO – Rookie Louis Vasquez will start at right guard in Friday's preseason finale against the San Francisco 49ers and probably beyond, though how much so remains to be seen.

    “I would hope Louis plays a week better than he did against Atlanta,” head coach Norv Turner said. “He played well last week, and I would expect him to improve, just as he did from the (previous week).”

    A good night against the 49ers likely means Vasquez will be the starter in the Sept. 14 season opener at Oakland. But Turner insists he will take this competition between Vasquez and Kynan Forney as far as it needs to go, even into the season.

    Forney appeared to have the job wrapped up in early August, as he started camp strong and Vasquez got hurt. But just as Vasquez's sprained foot healed, Forney hurt his neck and has been in and out of practices and games the past two weeks. He practiced Wednesday after missing Monday and Tuesday.

    Said Turner: “I'm not against, in this situation, where two guys have played well, playing both in a game or in a season.”

    New Sproles role

    This has been a different kind of preseason for Darren Sproles.

    Now that he's a $6.61 million man, the Chargers have limited how much he's exposed in the practice games.

    “The preseason was my season,” Sproles said with a laugh about his early career.

    In all but 2006, when he broke his leg in the exhibition opener, Sproles touched the ball on kicks and from scrimmage much more than this summer. He has carried just nine times, caught five passes and returned four kickoffs and just two punts.

    “I like to get more action,” Sproles said. “But we get a lot of good work in practice. So that's good for now. I understand.”

    Hooking up

    Philip Rivers thought Saturday at Atlanta was by far the best the offense had played this preseason. That had a lot to do with his pass distribution.

    Through the first two preseason games, Rivers had completed four passes to tight ends, five to running backs and only one to a wide receiver (Legedu Naanee).

    At Atlanta, Rivers completed two passes to Vincent Jackson and one apiece to Chris Chambers and Malcom Floyd. It was the first time he had even targeted Jackson.

    “They made some great catches, too,” Rivers said. “I just wanted to throw a ball in live action before week one and get a few completions to those guys – so you get a feel in the game again.”

    Friday's plan

    Starters, except LaDainian Tomlinson and perhaps a couple others being held out, will likely participate in 12 to 15 snaps against the 49ers.
  2. Bergo23

    Bergo23 BoltTalker

    Sep 28, 2006
    I don't care who wins the job, but we really need to shore up that right side, especially in the running game.
  3. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Whoever starts will be an improvement over an aging Goff. Mike gaves some good years, but time does bad things to football players.
  4. Zot

    Zot Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2009
    If Vasquez can keep playing like the Atlanta game, I have no problem with him starting. The screen pass to Bennett wouldn't have been a touchdown if the big guy hadn't been out there and taken out three defenders on the play!!! Just keep progressing, kid.

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