Training Camp Report: 7/29

The Chargers held open practice for the second consecutive day Sunday and's Anthony Gentile was at the morning session to provide a breakdown. Who stood out on defense? Which running back saw an increased workload? Read on for those answers and a practice recap.

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Defense turns up the pressure

Most of the big plays Sunday belonged to the defense. Throughout the morning practice, the Chargers' defense brought a consistent pass rush pressure while the offense struggled to find its rhythm.

Two 2012 draft picks, DL Kendall Reyes and C David Molk, started practice off in the customary one-on-one pass rush drill, and it was the Chargers' seventh-round pick Molk that prevailed in the three-play sequence. On the last play of the drill, Molk drove second-rounder Reyes into the ground, drawing cheers from his offensive teammates.

Johnson and Phillips make impact in team blitz session

The defensive front dialed up its pressure during the team blitz period and closed in on Philip Rivers on multiple occasions. LBs Jarret Johnson and Shaun Phillips pressured Rivers early in the session, and later on Eric Weddle got into the backfield unblocked on consecutive plays for a pair of would-be sacks.

Cason intercepts Rivers, Spikes drops pick in 11-on-11

The defensive trend continued in the 11-on-11 team period, as Antoine Cason jumped a hitch route by WR Michael Spurlock on the second play and intercepted a Rivers pass. Later in the session, Takeo Spikes dropped a sure interception and quickly countered crowd taunts with 10 pushups in the middle of the field. Not too many highlights in the passing game came from the offense, with the exception of an impressive diving catch by WR Vincent Brown on a Rivers deep ball.

Ingram brings energy and big plays

Rookie LB Melvin Ingram provided a spark throughout the morning practice. Ingram had the crowd buzzing with a backfield hit on RB Curtis Brinkley during the inside run drill and displayed his athletic ability in breaking up a screen during the 11-on-11 team session.

Brown sees increased workload in running, passing game

While most the offense struggled, RB Ronnie Brown was one of the few bright spots offensively. Brown evaded a tackler in the backfield with a nice spin move during the inside run period, and the former first-round pick took a majority of the first-team snaps during the 9-on-9 passing session. Rookie backs Edwin Baker and Michael Hayes also displayed speed during the inside run period, each breaking long gains outside.

Malone showcases leg during special teams session

One of the most impressive displays belonged to P Robert Malone, who delivered a number of booming punts during the special team sessions. WR Roscoe Parrish was on the receiving end of most of those kicks and also saw action in the offense's three-receiver sets with Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem sidelined.

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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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