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Weddle and Sanders bonding together

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  1. Blue Bolt

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    CHARGERS: Weddle, Sanders forming a bond
    BY SCOTT BAIR sbair@nctimes.com | Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011 8:21 pm

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    (Photo by Hayne Palmour IV-Staff photographer)

    SAN DIEGO — Eric Weddle and Bob Sanders were in lockstep all afternoon.

    The Chargers starting safeties were inseparable during Saturday afternoon's practice, hovering a safe distance from the secondary, observing each play and dissecting it upon completion.

    Because veteran free agents can't practice until the now-recertified NFLPA completes minor details of the collective bargaining agreement and ratifies it — expected to be done Aug. 4, although it could be earlier — turning the pair into temporary spectators.

    Just because they're not practicing doesn't mean they're not working. Weddle and Sanders are trying to understand each other's football logic, what they like to do and how they prefer to attack an offense.

    These exercises are crucial because Weddle and Sanders are starting from scratch. Sanders signed a one-year deal after seven seasons as the strong safety in Indianapolis. Weddle, a free safety, re-signed with the team Tuesday on a five-year, $40 million contract. The two haven't played a snap together, but they believe this is the start of a productive working relationship.

    "There's a level of respect between us that's already evident," Weddle said. "When he says something, I listen because it (is) most always the right thing to do. There must be a bond and an understanding between safeties, and that comes from watching film, hanging out as friends and taking reps on the practice field. "Experience is key. Once we get on the practice field, you'll see tremendous growth."

    Weddle considers the sky the limit for them, making a bold prediction about how good they can be.

    "With Bob at his best and me at my best," Weddle said, "I believe we'll be the best safety tandem in the league."

    No, that's not a stretch. Assuming, of course, both can stay healthy.

    Sanders won the NFL defensive player of the year award in 2007, the last time he played more than six games in a season. Weddle has developed into a productive free safety, and was named a second-team All-Pro last season.

    The talent is clearly there. The chemistry is being built.

    "Safeties have to communicate and me and Eric getting to know each other better, along with the corners, will be very important," Sanders said. "You want to build chemistry now, so when the season starts, we'll be ready."

    When that happens, each player will be able to take calculated risks to make an impact, knowing the other can compensate for the occasional misstep.

    "You can rely more on your partner when you know what he's capable of," Weddle said. "Bob can do so much at strong safety and makes such great reads that it allows one of us to cheat and making something happen with the knowledge that the other will back their play."

    Sanders is the true addition to a pass defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL last season, and should add an intimidation factor the secondary has lacked.

    "We must create more turnovers," Weddle said. "We dropped a lot of picks last year, and that can't happen. We have to be opportunistic and be more aggressive. We were the No. 1 pass defense, but we can still get a whole lot better. I think Bob will help us do that."
     
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    Do not rub off on Weddle, Sanders!
     
  3. MadMike

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    Felt kinda bad for Steve Gregory, looked like someone stole his best friend. Weddle and Sanders were attached at the hip the whole day.
     
  4. Blue Bolt

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    It's by necessity...... I'm sure Eric and Steve still talk. ;)
     
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    Sounds good, they should be doing catching the ball drills. Every ball in the air needs to be theirs.
     
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    Insert joke here.
     
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