SDBR's Training Camp Report: 8/26

Some of training camp's early stars were to be expected, such as Philip Rivers and Malcom Floyd. Others, such as King Dunlap and Deon Butler, are showing what the spirit of competition is all about. Get caught up on all of Friday's best and worst performances in this new training camp report.

To read our complete coverage of Thursday's practice, click here.

Position Drills

Practice began with the team breaking up into individual drills. Seventh-round pick Brad Sorensen appeared to have taken the No. 3 QB spot over Mike Hermann based solely on yesterday's performance. Sorensen continued to produce Friday, showing solid footwork in the dropback drill. Hermann was still struggling, overthrowing his targets early in the day.

Hard to believe Antonio Gates is going into his 11th season. His cuts were crisp on hitch routes during the catch-and-throw drill.

One-on-One Drills

The secondary went up against the receivers, hoping for better results than Thursday. Derek Cox and the defense held their own, forcing six incompletions. But the 6-foot-1 Cox is all but helpless versus the 6-foot-5 Malcom Floyd, who consistently exploited his height advantage.

Philip Rivers is playing with a newfound confidence. He completed 9-of-10 passes during the drill, including a couple of well timed deep balls.

The defensive and offensive lines went to battle working on pass protection. The highlight of the drill was Larry English going head-to-head with D.J. Fluker, who quickly shut down English to the crowd's excitement. The two would tie for the day, both winning two and losing two matchups.

11 on 11

There was little break between periods at practice. Mike McCoy likes to keep things moving as the players quickly ran into position to start the day's first team period.

Keenan Allen was back after leaving early yesterday with stomach problems. Allen highlighted the period with a 25-yard catch from Rivers.

Going no-huddle, Rivers targeted Danario Alexander on back-to-back plays, which were both completed for significant yardage. Alexander was spotted wearing a brace after receiving treatment on his leg yesterday but showed no signs of pain. Floyd was hit for an additional 30-yard reception, as he continued to cause problems for an undersized secondary.

The first unit's session ended with Marcus Gilchrist shutting down Alexander. Gilchrist looked comfortable at strong safety, where he played at Clemson.

Second-year safety Sean Cattouse caught the first interception of camp by getting under a tipped ball thrown by Sorensen during the third unit's session.

Special Teams Practice

New special teams coach Kevin Spencer was the most vocal coach on the field. The punt protection unit got its first action in training camp. Notable participants included second-round pick Manti Te'o.

The Chargers look to be auditioning Robert Meachem, Keenan Allen and incumbent Eddie Royal to be their opening-day return man with Royal favored to get the start. But Allen's performance was remarkable on Friday. During the punt-return drill, Allen outworked the competition by continuously slipping through every defender.

Final Period

Former Dallas Cowboys TE John Phillips worked with the first unit and started the period off with a 15-yard catch from Rivers. A fantastic throwing performance came to a close for Rivers on the last play of practice, a 45-yard bomb to Dan DePalma.

Charlie Whitehurst had a solid day's work with the second team. He was bailed out with a shovel pass to Danny Woodhead, who saw his reps increase today.


Le'Ron McClain did not participate in practice after suffering an undisclosed injury yesterday. However, he was on the field watching and assisting with drills with the running backs.

Dwight Freeney was back in practice after hurting his leg on Thursday. During the pass-rush drill, he exploded off the line going up against King Dunlap, who held his own. Freeney did not line up for his second rep. He was seen stretching and pounding on his hip and eventually made his way over to the medical staff. Freeney did not return to practice. His injury is still considered to be insignificant.

It was announced that Jonas Mouton suffered a torn ACL yesterday and will be out for the season. Melvin Ingram suffered the same injury earlier this offseason.

Three Good

1. Deon Butler had a heck of a practice, not dropping any passes during the individual drills and snagging a tipped ball during the seven-on-sevens.

2. King Dunlap has made the left tackle position a competition. Still in with the first team, he is impressing everyone so far. His real test comes Saturday with the first full-pad practice.

3. Keenan Allen put on a show returning punts. He may not have impressive speed but he showcased his quickness. Expect Allen to get a shot returning punts during the preseason.

Three Bad

1. Sophomore Mike Harris got beat badly during the pash-rush drill. Harris got thrown into the starting left tackle position last year prematurely before getting benched.

2. Eric Weddle has been nonexistent so far. The secondary is getting manhandled through the first two days of practice.

3. The Chargers did most of their work on the field farthest away from the fans, which did not sit well with those who had to strain their eyes to see the action.

Which receivers will lead the way for the Chargers? Discuss in the message boards.

Brian Ducoffe is in his third year of covering San Diego sports. He has been published on Fox Sports San Diego and University Link Magazine. Follow Brian on twitter @brianducoffe.

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