Chargers Minicamp: Day One Afternoon

The highlight of every camp is the one-on-one battles that take place between quarterback, wide receiver and defender. The drills come in many ways, from 7-on-7 to full squad scrimmage to actual one-on-ones and Friday had a touch of it all. Who had the upper hand could eventually land a player on the San Diego Chargers squad.

In full squad scrimmage drills, only Doug Flutie and Cleo Lemon spent time at quarterback.

Flutie log:

Throws a tight ball to Eric Parker along the sidelines for a completion over the arms of Steve Foley in coverage.

Throws a ball over the middle to LaDainian Tomlinson but Ben Leber dove to get a hand on the ball and knock it away. He was cheered with exuberance by his fellow defenders.

Nails a throw to Antonio Gates who slips underneath Jerry Wilson and behind Donnie Edwards.

Throws to Mattos who is denied by Sammy Davis. Davis got a hand in on the ball as Mattos raced towards the sidelines. Quentin Jammer made another stick on a receiver on the play and knocked him off his route. It was a common occurrence at camp on Friday.

Delivers a ball high to Kevin Dyson and Dyson tried to go up and get it as Kwamie Lassiter and Kevin House converged on him. Both pulled up before delivering a knockout blow and Dyson missed the catch. The defenders then chided Dyson, saying he would have been theirs had it been real. Dyson played it off with a laugh and commented back.

Lemon log:

Settled for an underneath route to Justin Peelle with Stephen Cooper reacting well to the ball and House close by.

Fantastic touch on a ball to Eric Parker towards the sidelines as Hanik Milligan made it over in time to make a play on the ball but was muscled off by Parker. Milligan was all over him at the time of the reception as both went to the ground, ball securely in Parker's hands.

Fires a crossing route to Brock Edwards about five yards out as Zeke Moreno makes a play on the ball to knock it down. Moreno immediately runs to his teammates to get in on the high-five excitement.

Hits an underneath route to Doug Chapman as Justin Riley is painfully slow to react to. Riley gets consoled by the coaching staff for not picking up the play quicker.

Goes back to Edwards over the middle and this time it is Matt Wilhelm who has the ball in his sights and knocks it down.

A new target and the result is similar. Tries to hit Ruvell Martin 20 yards out towards the left hash but the ball sails high and House gets a few fingers on it to knock it up in the air. With cheers from the onlooking defenders, anyone close dives in an attempt to make the interception but without success.

Quotes of the day:

"If you go in thinking you wont be the top team, you are defeated already. I think we will be one of the top teams." -- LaDainian Tomlinson.

"It should be exciting. Emotions should be cranked up. I am looking forward to it." – Philip Rivers speaking on the fans coming to camp this weekend.

"I am excited about the 3-4 defense. It is easier to get linebackers with rush skills. The versatility of the defense gives you multiple rushers." – Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer on the 3-4 defense.

When asked how behind he was, Roman Oben responded by stating it was not how much he was behind, but "how much I am willing to work."

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