The tenor and tempo of the Charger's most recent camp outings have not been to Coach Schottenheimer's liking, and today was no different. After starting individual group drills, Schottenheimer was so under whelmed with the collective effort that he pushed the jumbo reset button. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 dollars. The team started again by stretching and going back to redo the day's assignments.">

The tenor and tempo of the Charger's most recent camp outings have not been to Coach Schottenheimer's liking, and today was no different. After starting individual group drills, Schottenheimer was so under whelmed with the collective effort that he pushed the jumbo reset button. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 dollars. The team started again by stretching and going back to redo the day's assignments.">

Charger's Camp Report Saturday August 2, 2003

<b>"Take a Mulligan"</b><br><br> The tenor and tempo of the Charger's most recent camp outings have not been to Coach Schottenheimer's liking, and today was no different. After starting individual group drills, Schottenheimer was so under whelmed with the collective effort that he pushed the jumbo reset button. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 dollars. The team started again by stretching and going back to redo the day's assignments.

Let's hope he does not have to do the same once the real bullets start to fly in pre-season.

During the individual drills, LeMarcus McDonald displayed good recovery and redirection while both Jordan Kramer and Jude Waddy started off with drops in the tip drills. Vernon Fox and Ryan McNeil looked good in the individual drills with McNeil making a one handed grab. McNeil has a great presence and ability to know when to break on the ball.

The cornerbacks welcomed Sammy Davis back into the mix. He looked like his top gear was missing, but certainly like this ankle injury is not going to hold him back from fighting for a starting job. Tay Cody, who also returned from a brief sabbatical, had an early drop, but overall looked very good today. Hanik Milligan and Cedric Henry have had better outings.

Mike Scifres and Darren Bennett saw significant work today in individual work and special teams practice with the entire punt team. There is no question about Scifres' leg strength, but rather his ability to perform consistently and get the ball to turn over. Bennett was consistent, especially when kicking into the wind. Scifres punts display greater altitude and hang time. Camp Carson afforded a brisk breeze out of the north, just enough to keep the heat in check and give the kickers a challenge. With the wind at their back, Scifres and Bennett got off tunderboomers. Kicking into the zephyr they were not pretty. Bennett hit a 59 yarder (4.7 second hang time), a 56 yarder (3.8 second hang time) and a 51 yarder (3.9 second hang time). Scifres answered with a 67 yard boomer (5.4 second hang time), a 54 yard (4.8 second hang time), and a 52 yard (4.1 second hang time). Scifres 67 yard effort almost burnt up on re-entry. Not only could the coverage team camp out underneath it, there was enough time to erect a tent and start a fireside sing-a-long.

Kicking into the wind, both Bennett and Scifres had similar hang times but compromised yardage. The biggest negative was on the other end of their kicks. Brian Sump saw all the duty today as punt returner. Tim Dwight was not suited up but was back with Sump to mentor and coach. If Sump is looking to secure a WR/returner slot, today's performance did everything but help. Sump muffed and drop two kicks and muffed but held on to another. I am sure the wind was impacting his ability to field the ball, but dropping the ball assures that the coaching staff never gets wowed by his speed. Carlos Polk and Jerry Wilson received kudos for their coverage.

In the QB and receiver skelly drills, Seth Burford made decent completions to Sump and Kassim Osgood. Drew Brees displayed increased velocity and connected with Tim Baker. Osgood was paired up against Drayton Florence and took Florence to task with a surgical up and out on the left side of the field. Florence looked like he tweaked his knee in trying to react to the completion, but he returned to the drills without further issue. Osgood has a very quick initial move and gets separation, beating both Florence and Davis more than once.

Onome Ojo had a nice grab over the middle on a post route. Ojo leverages his height very effectively, and secured a nice grab on a toss up the right sideline.

Doug Flutie completed a pass on the right side lines to Sump, resulting in one of the better catches Sump had on the day. Sump actually beat Davis but dropped the pass when the safety came over to help.

Matt Wilhelm missed an interception that clearly should have been an easy grab. He was around the ball all day, but dropped two picks that were "must haves". Donnie Edwards let Matt hear it after the second clank.

Cleo Lemon started off with an incompletion thrown into the simulated line. He redeemed himself shortly thereafter with a very crisp completion to Josh Norman right up the middle, letting Norman demonstrate his soft hands. Norman's biggest miss for the day was a smart pass from Lemon. While it was nice to see Stephen Alexander back on the field today, his third day of practice in a row, Norman was the TE of note.

Burford hit Grant Mattos on a short pass underneath. Burford at least got past his first read, but not much further than that.

David Boston did not suit up for today's practice, so there is no Hulk report to make.

Chatman was overthrown and Donnie Edwards make a nice interception, showcasing his ability to disrupt pass routes and hang on to the ball. Pinnock had a drop and a completion out of the backfield. His first drop was clearly frustrating.

What would a Cam Cameron offense be without at least one reverse? Reche Caldwell ran a reverse to make sure we did not forget that page of the playbook.

Once 11 on 11 drills commenced, the starting squad is beginning to take shape. Jammer and Cody manned the cornerback positions, with Leber, Moreno, and Edwards. The vets Lassiter and McNeil were working at the safeties. Florence, Milligan, and Fox saw work in the nickel package. Wiley, Williams, Fisk and Dingle were the starting defensive line. Raylee Johnson was still missing because of tendonitis.

Jerry Wilson jumped a route on the left side and picked off Doug Flutie. Carlos Polk won the award for having the highest volume setting and amperage. Polk also broke up a pass play and was a disruption in the offensive backfield.

For a workout that started off on two left feet, Marty had to at least feel better about the finishing point. A number of backs and receivers worked on receiving skills after the session, including the new roster addition Jeremy McDaniel. Expect to see the quality to improve next week, along with Sammy Davis getting back to full speed.

Jeff Sturgis

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