The hot topic and Charger of affection was clearly number 91, Shawne Merriman. He showed his raw skill with explosion off the snap and stayed true to his word of wanting to learn as fast as possible by talking to the coaches after each snap.
The soon to be linebacker lined up primarily at defensive end, working on what he knows best. With the playbook just making its first indention in his hands, Merriman shadowed Steve Foley for much of the night, gathering any tidbit of advice that dropped off the shoulder pads.
With Ben Leber out of the lineup for at least two weeks, Merriman has a chance to overcome his rookie mistakes and enthusiasm – he slipped on one drill, dropped a pass on another and had to take ten pushups and was called offsides on a hard count – and turn it into productivity.
"I do everything 100 percent, even if it was a mistake," Merriman said after practice.
"There is a lot to learn but there is time to learn," admitted lineman Luis Castillo who is fighting his own battle to pick up the Chargers defense.
"He has a lot catching up to do," linebacker Donnie Edwards said. "Hopefully he can understand the defense and start helping out."
They did mention that they caught most of them, which prompted head coach Marty Schottenheimer to quip, "Think how much better you will be when you can see it clearly."
"I'm just taking it one day at a time and trying to prepare myself for the season," Florence said with a smile.