SDBR's Training Camp Report: 8/2

The Chargers held practice in front of select season ticket holders on Friday and SDBoltReport.com's Brian Ducoffe was there for an up-close look at the action. Get a drill-by-drill recap and a long-awaited update on Brandon Taylor in this camp report.

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Sitting Out

Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates, Nick Hardwick and Max Starks all were on the sidelines for Friday's practice. The coaching staff gave them a well deserved day off. They participated in warm-ups and assisted with the drills. Expect more players to be rotated in and out of practice in order to keep them fresh and healthy.

Fitting Right In

Coach Mike McCoy has his team moving at break-neck speed through practice. He's been vocal on the field -- a far cry from his predecessor, the reserved Norv Turner.

"You learn something new every day," he said after practice. "Some things come up that you've seen in other places, but you didn't have to make a decision about that certain thing. It's been great. I've got a great staff. It's a great organization and I've got a lot of help. Each person has a responsibility to this organization and I am going to use everybody."

Individual Drills

Newly signed QB Nathan Enderle got his first full day of participation. He started his day throwing in a four-on-four coverage drill and connected deep with Keenan Allen, who had to get up high to make an impressive grab. Enderle has more experience than his predecessor, Mike Hermann, which means he could give Brad Sorensen a run for the third-string quarterback spot.

Run Blocking

The coaching staff was especially happy with first-round pick D.J. Fluker. He was instrumental in today's drills, creating holes for Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown.

Dave Molk started at center in place of Hardwick. He did well handling Cam Thomas on the line.

Sorensen got some work in practicing handoffs with defensive pressure. He had one fumbled snap, but otherwise had a clean practice.

Mano a Mano

Johnny Patrick had another great day at practice, continuing to break up passes. Once this team is able to finally start tackling, expect Patrick to play even better.

Special Teams

Today was one of the first opportunities to get a look at the kickoff and punt units in full simulation. Eddie Royal continues to be the first-string return man. The team worked on every scenario from long kickoffs to squibs.

Nick Novak worked in a couple onside kicks. Coach Kevin Spencer has Allen working with the hands team. He recovered two onside kicks during the period.

End Zone

Danny Woodhead had another good day, finding room to run between the tackles.

Sean Cattouse also continues his stellar training camp. He managed to find his way into the backfield to force a major loss of yards.

Team Drills

The play of the day came on a 55-yard missile launched by Philip Rivers to Royal, who ran into the end zone for a score. Royal and Rivers have hooked up several times through camp, a positive sign. Remember, Royal only had 23 catches for 234 yards all of last season.

Mike Willie burned Greg Gatson on a downfield route. Gatson blew his coverage biting on a fake thrown by Charlie Whitehurst.

Taylor Made

Brandon Taylor, who is on the PUP list, returned to the practice field today. When asked about his performance, Coach McCoy said, "We limited what he had to do today. He went through certain drills and did a nice job. He's getting more and more comfortable. The key thing is confidence."

Melvin Ingram spent all practice working out his knee, running on the field and working with the training staff.

The Good

There was another skirmish between a couple offensive linemen and defensive linemen. You gotta love seeing this fire coming from the offensive line.

Newly signed rookie safety Tony Burnett snagged an interception during team drills. It's good to see these mid-camp moves by the front office paying off in practice.

Ingram is a team player. After practice, he was seen driving the cart around bringing in the water coolers while Donald Butler caught a ride.

The Bad

There is a reason why cornerbacks aren't wide receivers. During a position drill, there were three too many dropped balls by the defensive backs.

Darrell Stuckey had a mental lapse as he stood still, completely oblivious to Willie, who couldn't have been more wide open in the back of the end zone. Whitehurst quickly found him for the score.

Max Starks took snaps at quarterback during a lineman drill. Starks fumbled the ball on the line. Needless to say, he's a much better left tackle than he is a quarterback.



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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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