LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

SAN DIEGO — LaDainian Tomlinson was in the midst of saying goodbye to the NFL when his young son, Daylen, wandered across the dais and tugged on his pant leg, wanting a little attention.

The excitement poured from the Chargers brass in April after drafting outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, whom few expected to be available at the 18th pick.

SAN DIEGO (AP) – With all the offseason changes – and the urgency of getting back to the playoffs – Norv Turner thinks the competition to make the 53-man roster will be the hardest since he took over the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

Atari Bigby, who was working at strong safety with the starting defense as the Chargers began a three-day minicamp at their practice facility in Murphy Canyon on Tuesday, joined the Chargers in March following one season in Seattle. He also played six years in Green Bay after initially being signed as an undrafted free agent by Miami in 2005 and spending a training camp with the New York Jets.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf could spend 15 months locked down in Montana, first in a secure drug treatment facility and then in a pre-release living center as part of a judge’s sentence following Leaf’s guilty plea for breaking into a house and illegally possessing painkillers.

SAN DIEGO —- With the ink still drying on his new three-year contract, veteran Chargers center Nick Hardwick opened minicamp on Tuesday with a renewed focus and the likelihood of new task at hand —- grooming a replacement.

One of the greatest running backs of all time “graduated” from the NFL on Monday, as LaDainian Tomlinson retired in the same classy and graceful fashion in which he conducted himself throughout his 11-year NFL career.

One of the more surprising picks San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith made in the 2011 NFL Draft was when he used a pick acquired from the New York Jets as part of the Antonio Cromartie trade on Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton.

The Chargers signed the receiver/returner this offseason. He wasn’t in Denver’s plans. A second-round draft pick in 2008, Royal was a star in his rookie season under coach Mike Shanahan. However, he fell out of favor in Josh McDaniels’ offense and then didn’t fare much better under John Fox last season. Royal had a whopping 91 catches as a rookie. Yet, he has added just 115 combined in the past three seasons.