Training Camp Report: 8/12

The Chargers held the last open practice of training camp Sunday and Anthony Gentile of was there to observe and report. Which young defenders stood out? Which rookie receiver shined against the starting defense? Read on for those answers and a full recap of practice.

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Chargers hold final open practice of camp

The Chargers allowed fans to take in training camp at Chargers Park a last time on Sunday afternoon. The Bolts' final open practice featured action between the first and second units, which created a competitive atmosphere.

Rivers throws heat throughout practice

Philip Rivers came out throwing, hitting Malcom Floyd and Roscoe Parrish for scores in the one-on-one passing drill. In the team period that concluded practice, Rivers made his best throw of the day, a bullet to Robert Meachem on a deep slant route that found its way into a tight window between three defenders.

Reyes provides penetration from defensive front

Rookie Kendall Reyes got into the backfield against the first-team offense on an outside run during the team period and stuffed a carry at the line of scrimmage in the inside-run session. In the passing game, the second-round pick frustrated Rivers with pressure during the 11-on-11 period.

Cattouse nabs interception against first-teamers

The best defensive play of the day came from FS Sean Cattouse, who picked off a Rivers deep ball in the 11-on-11 period. Cattouse cut in front of a streaking Floyd and made a leaping catch along the sideline to the delight of the crowd.

Ingram defends the pass with diverse skills

During the team period, rookie Melvin Ingram helped the first-team defense get a stop with a would-be sack of Jarrett Lee on a fourth-and-8 play. In the same session, Ingram stayed with Le'Ron McClain on a screen pass to record a tackle for loss.

Tempers flare in physical, final team session

On an outside run play, Ingram shoved RB Curtis Brinkley out of bounds and Brinkley returned the favor with a good-natured shove on the way back to the huddle. A few plays later, Ronnie Brown was less friendly to CB Shareece Wright, shoving Wright in the face after he felt the second-year cornerback held on for too long.

Floyd turns on the jets in 11-on-11 session

Floyd showed his speed on a pair of impressive receptions. On the first, the seventh-year receiver took off through the defense after hauling in a slant from Rivers. Later in the session, he got behind the second-team defense for a long score on a deep ball.

Payne makes impressive grabs against starting CBs

Lined up against the first-team defense, undrafted rookie Phillip Payne caught the crowd's eye with a pair of great catches. He grabbed a pass from Charlie Whitehurst on a comeback route with Antoine Cason draped all over him. A few plays later, he made a diving catch near the sideline in front of Quentin Jammer.

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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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