Dyson ready to back up the talk

Kevin Dyson is healthy. And for a San Diego Chargers team that lacks a number one receiver – that is music to their ears. With a one year contract to work on, Dyson is looking to not only contribute but make an impact. What he does this season could turn into a payday after the season and that has been known to propel players to perform at their best.

It is a new year and a new offense and a healthy Achilles to go along with it. Kevin Dyson is still learning the nuances of the offense, brought in on a one year deal at a bargain price. He has a lot to prove, being healthy for just two of his six full seasons.

Last year it was a left Achilles tendon that he tore in a June 4 practice. Ironically, he was rehabbing a hamstring injury from the prior season when the injury occurred. Dyson went on to have surgery and made a brief appearance in one game at the end of 2003 for the Carolina Panthers.

Known for his work ethic, Dyson went back to the rehab track. Something that is all too familiar to the wideout.

And in camp this year he is running fluid routes and not gingerly making cuts but working his regular range of motion. He is healthy.

"Definitely, I feel good," Dyson said with a smile. "I am still getting used to a little bit of things. As long as I am healthy, I feel I'm capable of doing the things I know I am able to do. I feel confident going into the season."

And that includes a veteran role on the team. Dyson has tenure on a very young squad and can impart his knowledge on the younger guys on the team.

Marty Schottenheimer praised his work as a leader, noting it is of the quiet variety.

"I don't talk much," Dyson said with a smile. "Especially coming to a new team you kind of find your place and don't want to say too much. If guys have a question, I definitely give my two cents. I don't go out of my way too much. If I say something to a young guy, I will help him out when I see something that will help his game a little bit but other than that I try and do it on the field.

"I try to make sure I am working hard every play and every day so they see that. Not only myself but Tim and Eric and some of these older guys who have been around so they see that and know how we practice and how to prepare yourself for the NFL."

One of the things that a receiver must deal with is the smack in the secondary, a lesson that generally must be dealt with solo.

The Chargers secondary is more vocal these days, especially after Drayton Florence had four picks in one day of practice. The confidence is showing in how much smack they talk to fellow teammates. When the offense makes a nice catch it is expected and the crowd roars while the offense simply nods, but when the defense comes up with a play, the entire unit cheers and jeers.

In the secondary that can be on any play.

"Anytime a receiver goes over the middle and they drop the ball they call ‘Alligator Arms' regardless of whether or not he had a chance," Dyson said with a laugh. "I don't say too much to them. I just want them to know (missing the catch) won't happen again."

The talk started to heat up when two defensive backs lined up to give Dyson the "Milachi Crunch" on a ball that was delivered high over the middle by Philip Rivers. Dyson said his peace as the hecklers harassed him.

"They talk mess everyday," Dyson confided. "That is part of being a defensive back."

The Chargers hope is by the end of the season, Dyson will be the one talking smack. He doesn't have to do it with his mouth but instead with his stats on the field.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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