SDBR's Training Camp Report: 7/31

The Chargers were back at work again Wednesday and a couple of recent high draft picks stood out for their strong performances. Get the latest notes on their work -- and a look at a couple of the team's defensive leaders -- in this new training camp report.

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--Manti Te'o was heavily scrutinized during the NFL Combine for a less-than-stellar 40 time (4.82 seconds), a number that was a major factor in allowing the Chargers to snag him in the second round. But during training camp, Te'o has been impressing with his quickness. In practice on Wednesday, he contained Fozzy Whittaker on a downfield route and knocked the ball out of the air.

Whittaker, for what it's worth, is having a strong camp as well and is pushing for the No. 3 running back position.

--With the departure of veterans Takeo Spikes, Quentin Jammer and Shaun Phillips, Donald Butler has become the obvious captain of the defense. His voice can be heard from anywhere on the field at all times during practice. Butler has finished second on the team in total tackles for the past two years. Based on his performance at camp, expect him to finally take over as the leading tackler.

--Dwight Freeney appears to be healthy again. The pass-rushing specialist took part in some individual drills on Wednesday and showed off his famous spin-move with no signs of lingering leg pain.

--King Dunlap has now missed two consecutive practices. Max Starks has been filling in with first team at left tackle. Starks appeared to be the favorite to win the job after signing in May, but Dunlap was enjoying a strong camp and appeared primed to push for the top perch on the depth chart. The longer Dunlap sits, the better for Starks.

--Larry English continues to work with the first team as Jarret Johnson sat out his fifth straight practice. English is in the midst of his best camp ever. He looked extremely focused on Wednesday, making a nice adjustment in coverage to come down with an interception.

--The Chargers announced they have cut quarterback Mike Hermann, who struggled in the first four days of camp. They replaced him with Nathan Enderle, a fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2011.

The Chargers also signed Tony Burnett, a rookie out of USC. Burnett was voted the Trojans' special teams player of the year in 2012. To make room for Burnett, the Chargers waived Injured cornerback Kenny Okoro. If not claimed off waivers, the team will move him to the "Reserved-Injured" list.



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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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