Luis Castillo showed off some quick moves and registered what would have been a sack during 11-on-11 drills. The rookie already seems to be in midseason form.
Castillo, who arrived in town on Thursday, was welcomed with chants of his name when he walked on the field. The first round pick became even more of a fan favorite with his bevy of moves and strong play.
"Go 100 percent and learn the defense right now," Castillo said of his attitude for the weekend. "Everything else will take care of itself."
Malcom Floyd stood out on Saturday, blowing by anyone who faced him. He surprised a few people by burning by Quentin Jammer and Drayton Florence on consecutive plays. The second year man was the star of camp last year before breaking his clavicle.
Jammer had a tough day and was toasted a few times. He simply couldn't stay with the receivers in one-on-one drills and his head seemed to be somewhere else.
Vincent Jackson also had a day to forget. On the last play of the practice, Jackson dropped a sure touchdown and head coach Marty Schottenheimer immediately got in his face to tell him that he should catch those passes in the NFL.
Jackson walked away from the coach to head back to the huddle and the coach followed him and continued to rant at him for another few minutes.
"It's going to be quite a step for him from Northern Colorado to the National Football League, but he's met every challenge before," said Schottenheimer.
The rookie who impressed the most was Darren Sproles. Every time the diminutive back touched the ball, electricity went through the crowd. "Oohs" and "Ahhs" followed him every time the rock touched his hands.
One fan even offered this on Sproles:
"L.T. looks slow compared to Sproles."
More importantly, Sproles may be in for a bigger role than anyone envisioned.
"At this juncture, our hope is what we'll do is find various packages we can use him in," Schottenheimer said.
Kassim Osgood is showing off the skills of a starting wide receiver. The third year receiver, a favorite of A.J. Smith, has been relegated mostly to special teams and certain situations on offense, has been on a mission to make a bigger impact this offseason.
On defense, Jamal Williams drew the most raves from the crowd. He pounded through the drills with raw strength and the applause that followed could be heard across the field.
Wrapping up Williams for the long haul was a major coup for the organization and Coach Nunnely is salivating at the chance to put Williams on the line with Igor Olshansky and Castillo.
The catch of the day went to Eric Parker who snared a pass on an out route near the sidelines. Parker is looking to build on a strong second half of 2004 and is vying to be the starting wide receiver opposite Keenan McCardell.
McCardell, by the way, was dressed but did not appear on the field in any action. He had a hamstring injury that he suffered on Friday and may be out for the weekend.
LaDainian Tomlinson heard his name called as often as he touched the rock, which wasn't often. Still, Tomlinson was ecstatic to be on the field for minicamp with the fans in attendance.
"I am happy I am here at a time when they are really excited about it," he said. "Enjoy the game."
Saturday morning minicamp
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