Chargers camp: Ready for Sunday

The Chargers were in shells again on Friday as pads become a thing of the past for much of the next two weeks. Keeping the team out of pads will ensure their health and stamina as the Bolts play three games over a 12 day span. The buzz wasn't quite on par with Thursday's practice but gameday is Sunday and the energy saved will be vented then.

  • Drayton Florence and Rob Milanese got into a little tussle. Jamal Williams stepped in and Milanese had his feathers ruffled further as he attempted to move away from the big D-lineman. Williams, unforgiving as ever, was able to calm the situation down quickly.

    Florence wasn't done, however. After a completion from Drew Brees to Eric Parker, Florence spun the receiver down to the ground.

    A purposeful Marty Schottenheimer strode over from the other side of the field as the team was lining up for the next play. He called a halt to the play and pulled aside Florence for a flogging. After having words with Florence play continued as normal.

    "The defense is starting to step up and make some plays," receiver Kassim Osgood said. "They are setting the tempo."

  • Parker caught two deep balls, beating the tandem of Quentin Jammer and Clinton Hart deep in the secondary.

    Jammer rebounded nicely tipping a pass from Philip Rivers in red zone work. The pass ended up in the hands of Jerry Wilson but the safety was out of bounds.

  • Terrence Kiel had one of his most active days. He batted a pass down in the morning and was in the backfield for a sack in the afternoon session.

    "A lot of the guys are active right now," said Kiel. "Everyone is excited about the first home game."

  • Looking ahead to the game, the plan is for the starters to go a quarter and maybe a little more than that. The only player who will be pulled prior to that is LaDainian Tomlinson. Schottenheimer expects him to take a half dozen snaps.

    Shawne Merriman will play at least a quarter but his time will be limited because the team also needs to get Ben Leber on the field.

    "We all know he is going to play, but how much he plays is up to him," fellow linebacker Steve Foley said.

    Merriman still has to prove he can provide the coverage responsibilities necessary for a linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.

    "I am catching up to the speed and getting my wind back," said the rookie. "I was getting my comfort zone back."

    He didn't set any expectations on how much he will play, conceding that it is up to the coaches but he is eager to get on the field.

    Interestingly, Merriman seems more concerned about some of the non-physical aspects of the game heading into Sunday.

    "As much as I can," Merriman said of how much he will play. "The coaches expect me to learn as much as I can as quick as I can which I have. They want to get me on the field but I had to be mentally prepared to get out there."

    When he does get out on the field, Schottenheimer will be staying clear of him.

    "If I see him coming towards the sidelines I am getting out of the way," the coach said. (He will have) a lot of adrenaline running into people and knocking them down and probably some of our own guys knocked down."

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