The Los Angeles Chargers had their first practice in pads on day three of training camp in Costa Mesa, California. The amount of talent that the roster carries was put on full display from both known stars to some lesser-known guys.
Artavis Scott, WR #10: The speedster from Clemson is an extremely exciting player to watch. He has made a ton of great plays in all three days of camp thus far. The battle for the two wide receiver spots behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin is going to be very intriguing, while Geremy Davis was taking reps at WR4. I believe the spot is wide open and will be an intense competition. Scott showed his ability to get out of his routes quickly and turn the ball up field.
Nasir Adderley, FS #32: I believe the Delaware product could turn out to be a huge steal from this draft (drafted in second round). Nasir is taking reps with the third-string as of now, but that’s sort of expected this early while he takes time to fully adjust to the defensive schemes.
Adderley has made some plays that show why a lot of scouts loved him so much, with his impressive range and ball skills combined with his natural speed and athleticism. If you want to learn a little more about Nasir, we did a spotlight on him here.
Adderley will have to compete for that starting spot currently held by Rayshawn Jenkins, but I believe he has the tools to be a legitimate playmaker in the NFL.
Nasir Adderley closed an a good ball from Easton Stick intended for Jason Moore and broke it up perfectly . Showing his insane range and ball skills. Think he was a steal and will make big plays for this Chargers defense
— Will Struthers (@willstruthers10) July 27, 2019
Hunter Henry, TE #86: Hunter Henry has been standing out mostly due to the fact that he looks 100 percent healthy. Henry is moving really well and has continued to show his amazing ability to seemingly always find the soft spot in the defense and come down with the ball. Hunter and Philip Rivers definitely have a great connection. Don’t be surprised if Henry emerges as a top tight end in the league this year.
Andre Patton, WR #15: Andre Patton has spent the previous two seasons on the Chargers’ practice squad, but he made some great catches on Saturday. As I previously stated, this wide receiver battle is going to be fun to watch, there are a few guys that have shown some great playmaking skills so far (Patton, Scott, Jason Moore, Justice Liggins).
Defense: This Chargers defense was great last season, taking into account how banged up some key guys were. They have looked healthy and fast thus far in training camp, with the defensive backs making plays literally all over the field.
Michael Davis was taking reps at the starting cornerback spot opposite of Casey Hayward. It will be another good battle for that spot between Davis and Trevor Williams, who both have been extremely solid.
The linebackers have looked solid with the returns of Kyzir White and Denzel Perryman, with the new addition of veteran Thomas Davis leading the defense and making some great plays of his own.
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Offense: With Melvin Gordon still holding out, it’s been interesting to see how the running backs are being utilized in the 11 vs. 11 drills. So far, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson have been splitting first-team reps, and both have continued to run hard.
There was a lot of motion in the running plays today, including a few jet sweeps that got guys like Travis Benjamin going full speed to the outside. This opens up the run game more and could alleviate some pressure from the backs.
The quarterbacks and receivers both had great days; Tyrod Taylor is throwing the ball really well and while Easton Stick has made some rookie mistakes, he’s also made some great throws and been patient with his reads. Philip Rivers has looked just as sharp as always.
Rivers tossing a dime to Keenan Allen on a great route pic.twitter.com/3xofACCh6m
— Will Struthers (@willstruthers10) July 27, 2019
Play of the day: Taylor threw a beautiful ball down the left sideline that connected with wide receiver Liggins for a 40-yard touchdown. The ball hit Liggins perfectly in stride and it was great to see the backup quarterback deliver a good toss.
Injury Updates: The first three days have been pretty injury-free, with just a few guys getting banged up.
WR Dylan Cantrell, WR Fred Trevillion, DE Josh Corcoran and FB Derek Watt did not practice for the Chargers. Anthony Lynn said Watt had a little soreness so they rested him on Saturday. LB Jatavis Brown (PUP) will hopefully be back in the third week of training camp, per Lynn.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) July 27, 2019