SDBoltReport.com's Senior Bowl Blog, Part II

SDBoltReport.com continues its live coverage from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. We kick off today's blog with news from the North Team practice, where the Chargers pulled aside a handful of interesting prospects. Also, find out what Carlos Polk is doing to get San Diego's special teams back on track.

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The Butler Will Do It (Jan. 25, 6:10 p.m.)


LB Donald Butler
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Carlos Polk, a two-time winner of San Diego's special teams player of the year award, if back with the team as an assistant coach working with the linebackers and special teams. Like the rest of the coaching staff, he is in Mobile, Ala., this week for the Senior Bowl.

"I'm looking for anybody who can tackle," Polk said. "We need to get [our special teams] going."

Polk believes the special teams will get a boost by the return of Donald Butler, a third-round pick in 2010 who missed his rookie season with a knee injury.

"Butler will help big time," Polk said. "He's not just good on special teams, though. He is going to be real good on defense as well."

That's good news for Chargers fans, as current inside linebackers Kevin Burnett, Stephen Cooper and Brandon Siler are all slated for free agency.

Chargers Pull Aside Five Prospects (Jan. 25, 10:37 a.m.)


DT Christian Ballard
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The San Diego Chargers brought the full contingent to Tuesday morning's North Team practice. Norv Turner and the offensive staff sat on the east side of the field to scout the offensive players; Greg Manusky & Co. sat on the west side to scout the defense; and A.J. Smith and some of his assistants watched the action from the press box.

San Diego scouts were busy after the practice chatting up players. Assistant GM Randy Mueller spoke with Iowa DL Christian Ballard. College scout Jim Jauch met with Stanford's 60-minute man, Owen Marecic.

Chargers representatives also met with some wide receivers, including Nebraksa's Niles Paul and Boise State's Titus Young. Receiver figures to be an offseason need with Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee all looking at free agency.

Nebraska RB Roy Helu Jr. also met with the Chargers.

Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.


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