June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner (left) and linebacker Melvin Ingram talk during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Rookies reported Sunday and will open camp with a practice session Monday. Veterans report Wednesday and practice Thursday. All players are expected to report on time.
Counting on rookies to make an instant impact is risky, and typically ends in disappointment. There are exceptions to that rule, and Ingram could be one of them. The Chargers are desperate for a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, and the first-round pick out of South Carolina needs a productive camp to instill the confidence necessary for the coaching staff to turn him loose.
The Chargers, for all the movement they’ve made in free agency, for every veteran and rookie added, say they’ve still preserved a quality they desired back in January when this offseason began.
The Chargers cut the ribbon on training camp this week with a machete. Now they can use it to start hacking at the forest of question mark flora (Boltum Enigmatica) planted over the past several months by A.J. Landscaping Inc.’s general manager. The facility is overrun with them.
On July 28, Chargers fans can get their first look at the 2012 version of the team at the first of 10 training camp practices that are open to the public.