Jul 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) talks with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt during training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Day 3 Training Camp Impressions


I am nowhere near a computer, but I got more notes from Arnie from training camp today and had to share it out with you.

Here it is:

Day three First impressions; Time for the pads to go on…

I tried to be more mindful today, to pay attention to the DB, ILB and linemen. To me at this point, the offense is a non-issue, with regards to depth. I ‘ll get them out of the way first.

The rookie Keenan Allen, stepped it up today, he got open, often, and made some spectacular catches. Royal, continued his play to earn his money. DX, Floyd… great. Don’t sleep on Goodman, at this point I put him ahead of Meachem, which by the way had a good day, Just not a $24 million worth of a day. Now it wasn’t all roses today, there were some dropped balls, but it’s starting to become clearer on who will not make the roster. And who is going to make it hard for the coaches to cut. I’ll follow that up later in another post.

Gates however was amazing, he looked like a WR coming off the line. The TE race gets murky after Antonio. John Phillips is starting to emerge as a solid number two, but Green doesn’t want to go quietly in the 3rd spot. He made a spectacular catch in double coverage towards the sideline, from CBJ. Walker refuses to go away, and the rookies Cotton and Rolf have stepped it up, by making an impact in protection and ST.

DB; Cox Struggled early, to get his footing as he was sliding all over the turf but recovered from the set backs and backed it up by knocking down some passes intended for DX. Wright was proving he can hold his own on the other side. He didn’t make it easy to get any completions, more than once. I do not miss Jammer or Cason with these two at CB. Gilchrist, yeah Taylor needs to get healthy, quick. He was a mad man coming down to make tackles, defending passes. Weddle looked completely bored with all the help. So much so, he went to the sideline to let the new guys play, because when he was out there he seemed to be right where the ball was being thrown. Other standouts today, Darrell Stuckey, Jahleel Addae, Josh Johnson, and Marcus Cromartie. And yes he is related to the former 1st rounder Antonio Cromartie.

ILB/OLB; Just wow. just when you thought we were thin in the middle, wow. Bront Bird, and Gachkar stepped it up big time today, those guys were just a pain to deal with. Donald Butler keeps proving he’s the man in the middle. getting after the QB, getting into the back filed to stuff the run, he was on fire. Manti was no slouch either, he had his man covered over the middle. They had to move him off his spot just to make something happen. So the ILB spot could be all but wrapped up, stay tuned. Also Tourek Williams got a lot of reps with the one’s today, at OLB and ILB. He was no joke at making Rinehart, Dunlap, and Starks day difficult. Speaking of difficult ,Thomas Keiser, the FA LB from the Panthers got into the backfield quite a bit. He just refused to be stopped. Deven Walker the rookie from Southeastern Louisiana, made an impression today at OLB, to chase CBJ out of the pocket. Larry English, stepped up to become “opaque”, it became clear the Chargers have some players to fill in those “HOLES”.

Linemen; I talked about Liuget, Reyes, and Cam… still awesome. Cam got stood up with a double team, and then stopped. He did not move. It was a running play, that got stopped at the line by the LB. For a minute he reminded me of Jamal “the wall” Williams. The rookies Jerideau, and Geathers looked really good. Byron being the smallest of the NT, showed he stills needs some work, but as far as getting the job done, moving him out of the way was no easy task. Geathers showed he can be relied upon in the rotation for Cam or even start in a pinch. Also Jarius Wynn and Logan Harrell made there bids to make the roster for DE. They might make it, but the slots are closing up, fast.
Now some of the outsiders, it looks like Troutman(LG) and Harris(RT) are making a push for spots. Rinehart doesn’t have it locked up yet, he struggled a bit today. and those struggles could open the door for Troutman. Clary while much better, still managed to get stood up a few times. It’s been his achilles heel, not staying low and keeping leverage. I can’t really recall any other standouts, other than starters, because at this point they got pushed around.

Now the bad news. the players in jammies…
Brandon Taylor S, LeRon McClain, FB, Kenny Okoro CB, Melvin Ingram OLB, Vincent Brown WR, Dwight Freeney OLB, Jarret Johnson OLB, and Jonas Mouton ILB.

Whew…. Hey if you hand any questions about specific player or overall the goings on I’ll be here all day, to answer as much as i can…

Tags: Nfl Offseason San Diego Chargers

  • rafa

    Is Mike Herman Still On The Roster? If So, Thoughts? Pumped To See them In Action tomorrow!

    • arnie

      very much so, he started to show what he can do. put up a few air balls. I think it will come down to whether the Chargers Keep 3 QB or not. I think Sorenson has the egde.

  • Alter Ego

    Does Depalma have any type of shot of making it?

    • arnie

      he’s on the short end of the stick. he missed some passes. The guy has a motor. Guys like Allen and Goodman,and even Willie seem to be a head of the curve. The problem is meachum. other wise he could crack the practice squad.

      • Alter Ego

        Well we let Welker get away…Dallas let Amendola get away…just checking.

        • arnie

          that’s the thing, The Chargers didn’t know how to use Welker, because the league was all about Big Strong WR. The Charger actually have two guys that can do what DePalmas doing. Goodman an Royal. you can even throw in Gronkowski and Woodhead…

          • Alter Ego

            Royal…yes or no?
            Who would you trade thats good – that some other team would want ? – Meachem comes with a price tag.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Do you think Philly would be interested in Meachem? Wasn’t Maclin a WR? The only problem is AJ paid too much. No one wants to absorb that, when he hasn’t been doing much lately.

          • Nick in PB

            If Royal stays healthy, he could be a big weapon. I think a team would have to be pretty desperate to trade for Meachum. Although a low round draft pick would be worth it. I’m not sure if they do it in football like they do in baseball, the former team absorbing some of the salary? Can anybody clear this up?

          • arnie

            If the Chargers traded meachum, he’d be off our books. And the team that got him, would pay him.

          • Nick in PB

            Yea, that’s where I think we would have problems trading him. Too high of price tag.

          • arnie

            All together now, ” THANKS aj” LOL

          • Nick in PB

            I would like to thank him for his first couple of years here. Before it got to hid head! hahaha

          • Alter Ego

            I think teams might wait until first mandatory cut downs – see what shakes loose prior to trading.

          • arnie

            Royal is a yes. he’s making catches all over the field. As of right now he’s earning his money.
            Trading? i’d like to see if meachum could improve his stock in preseason, then we might be able to off load him. The only WR we could trade RIGHT NOW, is Royal.

  • Cgoodness13

    Does this look infected?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahahahha

      • arnie

        Thanks ernie, i see it. now watch this..

        • Gunnar Martin

          That made my friggin week.

          • arnie

            laughed so hard, could not stop crying….LOL

          • Nick in PB

            Love it! Not sure I like the fact that Hitler was a Charger fan but funny as hell! Props to whomever did that. Genius!

    • arnie

      LOL

    • FitzWilly

      it must be contagious

      this is Wrinkles dog
      oddly enough his name is Wrinkles also :)

  • boltingindiego

    any 1 know why brown and mcclain were not on the field.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i know brown was a hammy

      • arnie

        I could not tell you about McClain, However, Chris Gronkowski looks for real at FB.

  • FitzWilly

    after watching the clips on chargers dot com
    I’ve been noticing my man Fozzy getting a lot of reps with the first team, and breaking off a few nice ones
    is this a true statement Arnie?

    • arnie

      He’s been balling. for crying out loud the holes the O-line has been opening up, something sorely needed. Fozzy has been hitting the holes. Even RM24 got a piece of the action, with a rush on the left side, UNTOUCHED. what amazed even more, the WR were actually blocking down field, Both Mathews and Fozzy would have taken it to the house, had that been a real game.

      • FitzWilly

        tx Arnie
        GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FOZZY
        Woka Woka :)

        Am I right Ladies :)

  • Joel

    So of all the players on the sideline not playing. We know Ingram is out with a ACL,, but brown with a hamstring, jarret Johnson (?) freeney (?) Taylor (?) ect… Do Any of those guys seem to be out with something serious? I know it’s all downplayed, but it would be nice to know when they’d be coming back. Also a hamstring is not an injury I’m very familiar with, it seems like it can be anywhere from a week to a whole season that a hamstring injury can sideline a guy… So is there any real way of knowing other then just waiting for the preseason games?

    • boltingindiego

      taylor still recovering from a torn acl and freeney tweaked his knee.

    • arnie

      At this point i couldn’t tell you. Since those guys will be needed, and probably make the roster, better safe than sorry.

  • Donandresdk

    Great work first of all.
    Can you tell more about how Cox is doing. After last year with Jammer and Casin I am really excited to see our new man in action. Does he seem like a big upgrade? A man that you can leave alone with the best WR’s in the league?

    • arnie

      I’ll be honest, he got juked a few times, and ended up on his butt. Like a pro, that didn’t last long. he made up for it by batting down a few passes, and turned into a blanket for rest of the afternoon. meaning WR were covered. yeah WR won’t be leaving him in the dust…definite upgrade.

  • Stefanie Smith

    CB Steve Williams: Arnie–did you see positive or negative on him? He looked pretty good in his tapes.

    Also, did you see Freeney land in that helicopter? And did you see LT? Man, they really looked like they were having fun with LT.

    • arnie

      i apologies, i didn’t see Steve to much, or i just wasn’t paying attention to him. I’ll make a note on my Next go round.
      No i didn’t see Freeney land, But i did hear how the entire crowd reacted when LT showed up. The great thing like in the other reports it was good to see how welcomed he was by the new HC, so much so, i was shocked when he went over to talk to the team with McCoy, after practice wrapped.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    I think Shareece Wright is just as good as Derek Cox our even better.

    • Stefanie Smith

      That could very well be true, but I believe Telesco signed him to a multi-year deal, so they are committed now to Cox. He’s not going anywhere.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        Yeah I don’t want Cox to go anywhere, I believe in him.
        And he should prove to be better than what we’ve had in the past.

        • arnie

          They are. Cox and Wright are a definite “upgrade” over what we had.

  • Nick in PB

    Thanks Arnie for another great post. Love the way you break things down. Props to you!

    • arnie

      i’m just happy to share withe Bolt Beat family.

  • s1cott5

    hey arnie i was wondering if you had seen much of michael hill in the first couple days and what your impression is??

    • arnie

      Yeah, i’d have to say he’s kinda’ average. the front runners are Mathews Woodhead an Fozzy. Baker is right in there, but Brown seems to have an edge. Hill has made some nice runs, but so far he just looks pedestrian. Remember to take anything i say with a grain of salt, because i could be dead wrong.

  • RZ

    This is great! Especially for us Fans far away..Thank you Arnie!! GO BOLTZ!!!

  • Bill Nichols

    Thanks brother Ernie, not sure what I would do without you and Arnie feeding us info. Sounds like the D is going to be our bread and butter, with the added help in the secondary, sacks should go up, and we did a good job stuffing the run alst year, that too will improve. I have faith in the offense, mostly because of Rivers, and McCoy, I think they will get on the same page quickly and we should be striking like the proverbial lightening. I had high hopes for Royal last year, sounds like he is going to add some much needed offense this year. Is he also running back kicks during drillis?? Thanks again. Bolt Up!!

    • arnie

      No problem Bill. Royal is rotating with players like Allen, Goodman, Josh Johnson and meachum….McCoy is rotating guys around like i’ve never seen before.

  • Antonio

    Tell me atine which of the UDFA has a oportunity to make the final cut

  • Antonio

    Its arnie not atine sorry

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