The San Diego Chargers opened up training camp on Saturday, minus number three overall pick Joey Bosa.
Here’s some quick notes on what took place Saturday at the team’s training facility.
Travis Benjamin looks to be the player the team hoped they were getting when they snagged him early on in free agency. Benjamin made two of the days biggest plays, including the catch of the day, a one-handed stab before catching a deep ball for a score later in the session after Philip Rivers got the defense to jump offside.
Melvin Gordon also had a big play, rattling off a touchdown run after it appeared he was stopped for a loss on the play.
Philip Rivers doesn't like to make much of first practice. But he felt RB Melvin Gordon looked like a "more confident guy." Health helps.
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) July 30, 2016
As for rookies, Joshua Perry was as impressive as any player on the field on Saturday. His speed and instincts were great from the time the team stepped on the field. If sacks were allowed in practice, he would have had an easy one of Kellen Clemens. He also recovered a fumble that he would have easily taken the other way for a score.
On top of that, Perry tipped a pass that was intercepted by third-year safety Adrian Phillips.
“This is the time to learn (and) the time to prove why they brought me out here. Every day is going to be about working. I haven’t proved anything and I definitely haven’t earned anything yet so I have to go out there and do that”, Perry told Ricky Henne and Hayley Elwood of the team’s official website.
While one rookie impressed, the absence of Joey Bosa was noticeable. Darius Philon started with the first team at defensive end in his absence.
Over 2,000 fans attended the practice session on Saturday. The team will be at it again on Sunday afternoon, with gates to the facility opening at 2:00 p.m.