SDBR's Training Camp Report: 8/10

The Chargers are back at work after laying an egg in their preseason opener. Some players came out with a vengeance while others left a lot to be desired. Find out who did what -- and who has dibs on the roster spot created by Danario Alexander's injury -- in our latest training camp report.

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Talking Tempo

After a 31-10 whooping at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, the energy of practice was surprisingly low. It was somewhat understandable for the first team, which had a good first and only drive, but shocking for the second- and third-team players fighting for roster spots.

Individual Drills

Mike Willie started the day off rough during a receiver drill. His footwork was sloppy going under the hurdle and he had a difficult time corralling the catch. Luckily, Willie settled down and had a successful rest of practice.

Richard Goodman also had a difficult time making catches during a different receiver drill. With Alexander out for the year, Goodman has a realistic shot of making the final 53-man roster.

Special Teams

The team worked on punts -- specifically, avoiding touchbacks. Darrell Stuckey was promoted to special teams captain last season and should remain captain this year. Stuckey was able to down every punt he saw at the 1-yard line.

Team Drills

Bront Bird replaced Manti Te'o at inside linebacker. He'll be there for the remainder of the week, if not longer. Bird did misread a zone coverage with a short field and gave up a touchdown. The coaching staff was visibly upset.

It was a painful period, as both fullbacks went down. First, Chris Gronkowski landed hard on his left leg. Minutes later, LeRon McClain was in visible pain after hurting his ankle. Both players remained sidelined for the rest of practice. The two are the only fullbacks on the roster.

Keenan Allen made an impact on practice, making catches everywhere on the field. With Alexander out, McCoy has turned to Allen to be the next wide receiver to step up. So far, Allen has answered the call. But at the end of practice, he dropped an easy catch. It might be too early to tell what the Chargers are going to get from Allen.

Brandon Taylor was back in full pads and is already making his presence felt. He broke up a pass in the end zone while working with the second team. Taylor May not be ready to play in the season opener, but he's still in a position to be a contributor early this season.

After the slow start, Willie had an overall better day than Dan DePalma. The two are now in serious contention for the final spot at wide receiver.


Ladarius Green was the only Chargers player to score a touchdown in Thursdays game against the Seahawks. Nonetheless, he still feels he has plenty to work on.

"[Catching the touchdown] felt great, but I know I did a lot of things wrong in the game too," he said. "The wrong out-shadowed the good. I don't feel like I have the third string spot secured yet, or any spot for that matter. I just have to keep working and getting better in practice."

Former Chargers nose tackle Jamal Williams was in attendance watching from the sidelines. He had only good things to say about his replacement, Cam Thomas.

"He's grown into his own," said Williams of Thomas. "He learned from great guys, the veterans like Antonio Garay, and now it's his time."


Danny Woodhead remains sidelined. Coach Mike McCoy refused to identify what the injury is that is keeping Woodhead out. Woodhead has been active and working out on a side field.

Manti Te'o was in a walking boot. McCoy announced the injury as a foot sprain that will keep Te'o out for the week and the next preseason game against the Chicago Bears. He was working out his upper body in the beginning of practice. Te'o was not available to reporters after practice.

Antonio Gates, Nick Hardwick and Andrew Gachkar also sat out practice. McCoy said at practice last week the team planned to rotate players in and out to give their bodies breaks.

There was no word on McClain or Gronkowski after practice.

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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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