Chargers Training Camp: Igor meet Toniu

The San Diego Chargers had just one practice on Sunday afternoon and it brought with it the first sign of second round draft pick Igor Olshansky. The big tattooed defensive lineman out of Oregon signed a six year deal prior to practice and took an active role as full pads were donned. And a highly anticipated battle took place on the field on Sunday as Olshansky met Toniu Fonoti in raw combat.

"He missed a considerable amount of work because of the academic requirements so we are glad to have him here," Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said after practice.

Igor Olshansky, in his first practice with the team, was not spared the formalities normally associated with someone who arrives late to camp. He was an integral part of Sunday's camp and saw plenty of action.

One thing to note was the bond he seemed to be developing with Jamal Williams. The two worked against each other in defensive line drills, practicing moves against each other. After Olshansky would work on his swim move against the big nose guard, Williams would offer advice in slow motion.

Wayne Nunnely could be seen with his hands on his hips watching the pair square off and he let Williams take the lead in directing Olshansky, giving just a few words of encouragement.

The battle we envisioned just yesterday came to fruition on Sunday with Olshansky meeting up with Toniu Fonoti in one-on-one pass rushing drills. Fonoti pummeled him into the ground, taking Olshansky out of the play. They met up again a little later and Fonoti again bested him, but not as severely as the first time out.

Olshansky gave props to the big man after practice but Fonoti was not the only player to soundly beat him on the day.

Rookie offensive tackle Carlos Joseph also held his own against Olshansky, lining up at right defensive end with the second team. Joseph has surprised somewhat with his sound blocking at the point of attack.

Olshansky admitted he was a little rusty since he has not been on the playing field in quite some time but is very eager to show his wares. Although it did not show up today, the big Russian defender believes he will be able to contribute quickly, especially against the run.

"I am pretty diverse in my game," said Olshansky. "I can play anywhere on the line. I consider myself a good run stuffer and I am still trying to develop my pass rush. I played both (defensive end and tackle) equally. I felt I could pass rush better anywhere inside."

En-lightning news:

Word is out of the Dallas Cowboys camp that Marcellus Wiley had to tinkle and went in between two bags of footballs he held up around himself just on the edge of the field. The problem is there was a huge crowd in attendance at the Cowboys complex in Oxnard, California.

Malcom Floyd was not at practice as he flew up to Sacramento to be with an ailing family member. Floyd has continued to dominate in the early part of camp and it will be tough for him to remain focused. We wish him and his family the best.

Randall Godfrey missed practice due to the birth of his son. It was the reason his interview with us was so quick on Saturday (to follow soon).

Doug Flutie had swelling in his knee and did not practice. "Give it some time to let it subside," Schottenheimer said.

Jerton (pronounced Jir-tahn) Evans has had a rough go of things. He lost three family members in the last two months and was over in Europe when one happened. He has been distracted but has shown up to work hard at practice. He has had a smattering of support drop by to see him since mini-camp.

Ken Veal was favoring his left leg during warm-ups. He was not in full pads and would leave the field to do other exercises, not participating in the workout.

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