Chargers Boston, Tomlinson Looking Good

Wide receiver David Boston, the San Diego Chargers main free agent acquisition in the off-season has been everything the team expected. Boston has been tremendous thus far in training camp, consistently burning the Charger corners in practice. Uses his size advantage, Boston has been teaching the inexperienced Chargers secondary a lesson.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has been workmanlike in his approach to the 2003 season and is in the best condition he has been in since becoming a professional. With an improved offensive line, a standout fullback in Lorenzo Neal to open up holes for him, Tomlinson has the opportunity to control the game for the ball-control offense the Chargers intend on utilizing.

Tomlinson has even gone so far as to challenge Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens. Lewis recently stated no back would run for over 100 yards against them this year. With a home game in San Diego, and throwback jerseys being donned, Tomlinson has promised he will do his best to prove Lewis wrong. He simply stated, "Tell him to bring it."

The competition for the team's number-two wide receiver spot has been tough. Incumbent Tim Dwight and second-year pro Reche Caldwell have both been solid in camp thus far, with Dwight possibly holding a slim advantage due to his experience. The spot was virtually locked up by Dwight heading into mini-camp, but Caldwell has seen his stock rise and could very well unseat the veteran if his consistency continues.

Tim Dwight referred to the battle during an interview on the Mighty 1090 when he was asked who would win the job, "Tim Caldwell or Reche Dwight."

Injury Front: David Boston is suffering from a hip pointer that is not considered serious. He is back on the field after a day off and looks to be in solid shape. He has been doing a few extra stretching exercises during practice to keep loose.

Tight-end Stephen Alexander who has missed all of training camp with a strained groin is back in the lineup and looks to be in good shape. "He tells me he feels great," said agent Gary Wichard.

Sammy Davis was back on the field Thursday testing out his heel but did not compete in any contact drills. He sat out the afternoon session Thursday and both drills Friday.

Toniu Fonoti is expected back in a week after straining his triceps.

Marcellus Wiley, the vocal leader of the defense, has been sidelined with a sore hamstring. He is expected to be back on the field early next week.

Doug Flutie returned to practice Friday after running routes for the rest of the quarterbacks Thursday morning and sitting out the drills altogether Thursday afternoon. He was a little rusty, but managed to show off his mobility on several occasions.

Tay Cody sat out the morning practice Friday and the afternoon session Thursday to rest his injured leg. Cody has had a very solid camp amid rumors of a possible trade.

Lane Adkins

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