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The Most Talented Roster in the NFL Opens Camp

LaDainian Tomlinson and Norv Turner
On Wednesday, rookies and selected veterans reported to training camp along with the coaching staff. Unlike the past few training camps, all rookies were signed and in attendance. The first day of workouts was nothing special, just some of the normal drills and run-throughs. Rookie CB Paul Oliver, chosen in the supplemental draft, is playing catch up. Since he was just acquired by the Chargers, he is less familiar with the defense than any of the other rookies. He looked good physically though and should pick up the defense when practices really get going. They worked out again on Thursday morning and Friday morning.

Saturday was the big day though; the official start of camp. Every player on the roster reported to camp on time, which is more than you can say for a lot of teams. There was a light walk-through in the morning on Saturday where the coaching staff focused on reviewing the work the players did in the spring.

The afternoon workout was more strenuous than the morning practice but there wasn’t much contact as the players were not in full pads. The first practice in full pads will be Monday afternoon. LaDainian Tomlinson spoke to reporters after practice and told them he likes the way head Coach Norv Turner eases the team into training camp.

Clinton Hart looked good in a few drills especially one where he stole a pass intended for Malcolm Floyd. Floyd had a beat on the ball and leaped up to make the catch but when they came down Hart had the ball. Hart will be in the center of one of the most heated position battles of camp so he better continue to make plays like that if he wants to keep his starting job. He is competing with rookie strong safety Eric Weddle for the job. Weddle got a lot of reps in the afternoon session when the team worked on their third down packages. He was the extra safety in the starting dime package.

WR Eric Parker (toe) watched most of the morning workout from the sidelines and did not participate in the afternoon practice. In his absence rookie WR Craig Davis will have an opportunity to take the starting job. RT Shane Olivea sat out with a stomach illness. Cory Lekkerkerker took most of the snaps at right tackle with the first unit.

Chargers.com reports that 3,775 fans showed up for Saturday afternoon’s workout. It’s evident that Charger fans are excited about this year’s ball club, and they should be. This is the most talented roster in the NFL and the new coaching staff appears to be a good fit with the players.


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