Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Training Camp Practice Report: That's a Wrap

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QB Philip Rivers. Photo by Shana Siler,

All good things must come to an end. That cliche was especially apropos on Tuesday, which was the final day for fans to attend training camp.

Temperatures were hitting the 80s by 10 a.m., but that didn't deter fans from filling the stands and lining the fences to watch their Bolts up close.

The day started with the normal individual drills. Everybody took part except for CB Greg Ducre and DT Tenny Palepoi, who has been at every single practice since breaking his foot and landing on injured-reserve. The drills were short lived and the team broke off into 7-on-7s, getting the flight crews warmed up.

Danny Woodhead, Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green made the most attention-worthy catches of the session.

Kellen Clemens stepped in for a few throws and hit Donald Brown and Jacoby Jones for completions.

Fight Club

Next up was everybody's favorite part of practice, 11-on-11s. On the second play of the drive, NT Ryan Carrethers and C Chris Watt launched at each other right off the snap. It looked like Watt might win the battle, but in an effort to spin out of it Carrethers gave an MMA-style back elbow and Watt hit the ground. That didn't sit well with Watt, who popped back up and shoved Carrethers.

The rest of team quickly broke them up, but I saw the smirk on Mike McCoy's face because you always know your line is hungry for an opponent when they start feeding on each other. This also gives me hope for Watt. A center needs to be a little crazy and, although Watt is performing well, he is a little light in the crazy department. This is the one thing I believe Trevor Robinson has up on him.

Plays of the Day

My offensive play of the day is actually a three-way tie between Keenan Allen's deep catch from Philip Rivers; Stevie Johnson diving to catch a bullet in the end zone; and Jahwan Edwards rolling over the top of OLB Brock Hekking for extra yardage.

My defensive play of the day goes to CB Jason Verrett, who made an impressive vertical leap to pick off a pass from Rivers intended for Allen.

Wrapping Up

It's been a great camp with a couple of injuries that were disappointing, some new standouts and players who continue to go all-out. It will be critical for players battling for spots on the team to make an impression during the Arizona game on Saturday and continue to kick ass in camp.

For the rest of us, we will wait and see who survives the first round of cuts on Sept. 1, when the Chargers must cut down to a maximum of 75 players. Then four days later on Sept. 5, they must cut down to a max of 53 players and establish a 10-man practice squad the following day.

As Jacoby Jones said the first week of camp, "This is going to be a hard team to make."

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Jody Taylor is a retired women's pro football player and former media relations director for the Women's Professional Football League. She has been published in Sports Illustrated, CNN, Time and several sports media outlets covering the WPFL, Arena Football League and NFL. She is the founder of Sixty5 Media in San Diego and coaches for the NFL's Flag/Play 60 program in San Diego. Follow her @RealJodyTaylor

Chris Watt, Jason Verrett, Keenan Allen, Mike McCoy, Philip Rivers, Ryan Carrethers, Tenny Palepoi, Trevor Robinson
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