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Philip Rivers, Charlie Whitehurst and Brad Sorensen received instruction from quarterbacks coach Frank Reich, while the recently acquired Nathan Enderle got handoff duty with the running backs. Enderle spent virtually the entire individual period running toss-pitch drills, with little chance to showcase his passing skills.
Receivers Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd proved consistent, blowing through their change-of-direction exercises with ease and precision. Mike Willie, on the other hand, struggled to match their performances. Willie fumbled the ball early on during a blocking drill.
Throughout the first three periods of team drills, the defense brought the heat and put pressure on the offensive line. Jarret Johnson was back in with the first string after sitting out the last five practices.
Looking to make a break for it during a running drill, Edwin Baker was stopped short by sophomore safety Sean Cattouse. The collision was audible and cringe-worthy.
Johnny Patrick had a standout performance, notching two pass breakups deep in the end zone. One of the few players who has kept stride with Danny Woodhead, Patrick continues to prove himself a serious contender in the unsettled secondary.
Ladarius Green had three receptions during team drills, in addition to a touchdown catch he made during the final round of practice.
All three completions came from Whitehurst, who had a successful day in his own right. Feeling pressured from the defense during one play, Whitehurst was able to find rookie WR Keenan Allen downfield for a sizeable gain.
--Rookie TE Ben Cotton found a favorable connection over the middle with Sorensen, catching all three passes Sorensen hurled his way during a seven-on-seven drill.
--King Dunlap was back in action. In fact, there wasn't a single Charger watching from the sidelines in sweats.
--Donald Butler remained a vocal presence, yelling to Rivers before the practice, "Wake your ass up!"
--Robert Meachem gave another subpar performance, dropping a clean toss from Whitehurst during seven-on-sevens and eliciting a lot of complaints from the crowd.
--Rookie NT Byron Jerideau seemed sloppy in the agility drills. Unable to move his knees high enough and fast enough, Jerideau knocked over three of four practice blocks along his way. The second run through was not much better.
--The defense had a false start in a simulated game drill, which was understandable. Less acceptable, however, was the fact that Rivers fumbled the snap on the following play -- it was recovered by Butler. Gain 5 yards, lose a mile.
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Nicolette Harris, a native San Diegan, is a senior at New York University as part of the school's Media, Culture and Communications program.
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