Training Camp Report: 7/28

The Chargers held their first full-pads practice of camp on Saturday.'s newest writer, Anthony Gentile, was on-hand and offers up a breakdown of all the day's action. Which rookie made an instant impact? Who was Philip Rivers' favorite target? Read on for these details and more.

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Fans come out in record numbers as Chargers open doors

A record-setting crowd filled Chargers Park on Saturday for the team's first open training camp practice. Approximately 5,000 fans came out to watch the Chargers' first full-pads practice of camp.

Practice kicked off with a competitive pass rush drill that pitted a pair of rookies against each other -- linebacker Melvin Ingram and tackle Mike Harris. The quickness of Ingram, the Chargers' first-round pick, got the attention of teammates circled around the drill and started practice with a spark.

Rivers and Lee remain at QB after Boller's surprise exit

The Chargers started Saturday's practice with only two quarterbacks: Philip Rivers and rookie Jarrett Lee, a surprise considering the team signed veteran Kyle Boller on Friday to replace injured backup Charlie Whitehurst. Boller was not at practice because he reportedly retired, ending a one-day stint as a Charger.

Rivers locates new targets in one-on-one passing drill

After a 20-minute period of individual drills started practice, the offense and defense combined for some competition in one-on-one passing drills. Rivers threw his first touchdown of practice on a comeback route to WR Roscoe Parrish. Later, Rivers found rookie WR Phillip Payne in the corner of the end zone on a fade route that drew cheers from the crowd. The period featured a handful of entertaining matchups, including Malcom Floyd lining up across from Quentin Jammer.

Mathews carries load during inside run period

RB Ryan Mathews received the bulk of the carries during the run-oriented team period and broke his first carry of the practice for a 10-yard gain. When the offensive and defensive reserves went live for a series late in the run session, the defense came out on top highlighted by tackles for losses from DE Damik Scafe and FS Sean Cattouse on consecutive plays.

Taylor sees time with first team with Bigby sidelined

One of the biggest position battles of training camp, strong safety, failed to materialize on Saturday as rookie Brandon Taylor took a majority of the first-team defensive snaps while Atari Bigby remained sidelined after suffering an injury Friday. Though the offense provided most of the highlights in the team passing drills, Antoine Cason made a physical play to break up a pass intended for Robert Meachem in the seven-on-seven session, and strong safety Corey Lynch intercepted a Lee pass in the 11-on-nine period.

Gates takes over in red zone passing drills

Practice concluded with a full team red zone session that began with the first-team defense controlling the line of scrimmage on a sequence of inside run plays. Antonio Gates hauled in a pair of one-handed touchdown grabs when Rivers took to the air in the short passing game.

Brown makes the most of his chances

Though Rivers spread the ball around throughout practice, receiver Vincent Brown made a trio of impressive catches that included extending for a pass in traffic over the middle. The second-year receiver, who is battling for time at a crowded position, capitalized on his opportunities.

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Anthony Gentile is a San Diego area journalist and University of San Diego alum. Follow him on Twitter at @_anthonygentile.

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