Aug 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips (center) gets around running back Ronnie Brown (30) while attempting to get to pressure quarterback Kevin O

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This unit has a chance to be good in 2012 and terrific in the future. The line is one of San Diego’s deepest areas and it has a chance to set the tone for much improved overall play by the defense. What stands out about the group is the mixture of youth and veteran experience. This is a unit that can offer a lot of different looks and personnel sets.
The Chargers returned to Chargers Park on Thursday after a late-night practice at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday. Veterans TE Antonio Gates, C Nick Hardwick and ILB Takeo Spikes took the night off to allow coach Norv Turner some extra reps to evaluate other players. The practice turned out to be one of the most energetic and hard-hitting of camp.
The Chargers announced they will host the Dallas Cowboys for two combined practice on Aug. 20-21 at Chargers Park. The practices are not open to the public.
“He’s going to be the best tight end in the NFL this year,” Weddle said, via ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson. “The best. You can’t guard him … I know there are a lot good tight ends coming up in the league, but Antonio is the best. He looks that good. He hasn’t looked this good since my rookie season.”
SAN DIEGO — Center Nick Hardwick, tight end Antonio Gates and inside linebacker Takeo Spikes were held out of the Chargers’ practice Thursday afternoon as veterans who receive extra rest.
SAN DIEGO — Center Nick Hardwick, tight end Antonio Gates and inside linebacker Takeo Spikes were held out of the Chargers’ practice Thursday afternoon as veterans who receive extra rest.
SAN DIEGO —- Vincent Brown is creating good problems for the Chargers’ coaching staff. The second-year wide receiver out of San Diego State has proved himself the playmaker they thought he was when selected in the third round of the 2011 draft.
The man who faces him every day in practice is so sold that the potential Hall of Fame tight end is completely back to form after dealing with several foot-related injuries for the past four years, that he has a message for the rest of the NFL.
Bird came to the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech and made the practice squad out of camp. He played in his first game in Week 8 and finished the season having played in nine games with 14 tackles (11 solo, 3 assists) and one pass defensed.
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