After a break between offseason workouts, organized team activities and minicamps, the Chargers officially opened training camp on Monday. The team ushered in a new season with the first of two rookie-centric practices at Chargers Park before the full squad reports Wednesday and practices for the first time on Thursday.
Troutman’s Penn State ties put the rookie offensive lineman in high demand at Chargers Park on Monday, hours after the NCAA levied harsh sanctions against the Nittany Lions following a sexual abuse scandal that dates back to the 1990s.
SAN DIEGO —- Jackie Battle hasn’t been a Charger long. The running back signed with the team on Friday afternoon and was at his first practice Monday morning, taking advantage of a rule that allows veterans who finished the season on injured reserve to attend rookie training camp practices.
The sign at Chargers Park in Murphy Canyon reads “Back To Football.” However, Monday’s first practice was more like going back to school.
The Chargers landed one of the NFL’s top free agent offensive and special teams threats when they signed former Denver Bronco Eddie Royal to a three-year contract in March. The Chargers had stiff competition for the Chantilly, Virginia native as his hometown Washington Redskins were also in hot pursuit of the former Bronco.
With the 18th pick in the 2012 draft, the Chargers picked defensive end Melvin Ingram. He was instantly presumed to be destined to play linebacker in San Diego’s 3-4 defense.
“Larry has missed some time. He is able to be here and wanted to be here. Like I said, all the mental reps are good for the guys. It is no different than Phillip (Rivers) or Charlie (Whitehurts) being here.”