As part of LA Chargers training camp ahead of preseason Week 2, the Bolts hosted the San Francisco 49ers for a joint practice on Thursday. The joint practice will continue with a second day on Friday.
While it is still a practice, these joint practices present a great measuring stick, perhaps even more so than preseason games. While they are not full-out hitting, more starters play in these practices and get valuable reps against other NFL players.
The first joint practice between the two teams is in the books and there are three winners that stand out above the rest.
The 3 huge winners of the first joint practice of LA Chargers training camp:
3. Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen did not play in the preseason game against the Rams and won't see any playing time in the preseason at all. The Chargers are being cautious with their stars and Allen is one of them.
Thus, this was Allen's first reps against another team since last season. While Charger fans all know how good Allen is, it was nice to see him picking up where he has left off during LA Chargers training camp, even making the 49ers look silly.
The most notable play was a touchdown pass in which former teammate, and workout buddy, Jason Verrett was guarding him. It was not just a run-of-the-mill touchdown, either, it was a deep route that would have been all over the highlight reels in the regular season.
Just look at the route running. We do not even have to tell you how good Allen's route running is but it is remarkable how he can make professional cornerbacks look like college players.
Keenan Allen is a winner just for doing Keenan Allen things. That is how good he is.