Training Camp Report: 7/31

The Chargers continued training camp on Tuesday and's Anthony Gentile was at the afternoon practice for a closer look. How did the new QB fare? Which defensive rookie stood out? Which starting unit got the best of the two-minute drill? These answers and more inside.

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After a day off, the Chargers resumed training camp on Tuesday. Before a relatively subdued weekday crowd, the defense dominated the highlights; Philip Rivers continued to develop a rapport with WR Robert Meachem; and a new quarterback made his debut.

Defense prevails in two-minute drill

The most competitive portion of a relatively stagnant practice came at the end -- a simulated two-minute drill matching both starting units against each other. Rivers completed five of six passes against the first-team defense, three to Malcom Floyd, and the offense drove the ball to the 12-yard line with five seconds left. On the final play of the drive, however, Rivers threw desperation pass into the end zone that was intercepted by rookie SS Brandon Taylor. A second-team no-huddle drill followed and the defense came out on top once again, as rookie CB Arthur Hobbs intercepted a Jarrett Lee overthrow to end practice.

O'Connell sees limited action in training camp debut

The Chargers added a local flavor to their quarterback corps by signing Kevin O'Connell on Sunday, and the former San Diego State and La Costa Canyon High grad was in uniform for Tuesday's practice. O'Connell, who is expected to be a fill-in until QB Charlie Whitehurst returns from a knee injury, completed his first three attempts during the one-on-one passing drill and then served as spectator as rookie Jarrett Lee took the second-team snaps.

Brown gets starting nod with Mathews sidelined

Ronnie Brown ran with the first-team offense, filling in for starter Ryan Mathews, who suffered minor injuries in a car accident on Monday night. Brown received a majority of the starters' carries in the inside-run and ground-oriented nine-on-nine sessions and appears to be a significant part of the Chargers' offensive plans. The best run of the day went to third-year RB Curtis Brinkley, who broke an off-tackle carry outside for a long gain.

Reyes shows speed and awareness

Rookie DL Kendall Reyes displayed his blossoming skill-set during both drills and scrimmage action. The second-round pick from Connecticut used speed and athleticism to shake blockers during an individual pass-rush drill. Later, during the nine-on-nine session, he recovered a fumble -- one of four fumbles by the offense during Tuesday's practice.

Meachem returns, continues connection with Rivers

After missing Sunday's practice, Meachem returned to action and resumed a good rapport with Rivers. Meachem caught three touchdown passes from Rivers during the one-on-one passing drill and made another nice catch in traffic for a score -- followed by a one-handed spike -- in the red zone passing session.

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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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