Chargers open training camp

Opening day of training camp kicked off on a typical, sunny San Diego afternoon. Both bleachers were filled at Chargers Park and the fence around the practice field was lined with fans. One of the biggest stories during the first full-team practice of 2007 was the Chargers having all of their draft picks signed, sealed and delivered in time for training camp for the first time this millennium.

Head Coach Norv Turner looked comfortable in his first public appearance with his new team. He ran the offensive and defensive squads through some light plays. For those looking forward to seeing some big hits, the pads will come out for the first time in Monday's practice.

Rookie Craig Davis lined up with the first team offense, as Eric Parker sat out with a toe injury. It seems like Philip Rivers is warming up to Davis, as the two connected on several completions. Hopefully, Davis can step right in and fill the void left by vacated Keenan McCardell, who just signed with the Houston Texans.

Second-year cornerback Antonie Cromartie, the self-proclaimed fastest player on the Chargers, was wearing his new jersey -- No. 31, the reverse of his No. 13 from Florida State. Perhaps he's looking to return to the playmaking form he showed in college, and if so, he seemed to be off to a good start as he was one of the first players on the field, spending time fielding balls from the JUGS machine.

After the defensive linemen finished a round of drills, Luis Castillo stayed behind with rookie Keith Grennan, giving the young defensive end some additional help and advice. Hopefully, Castillo's tips can help Grennan, who's currently third on the depth chart behind Jacques Cesaire and Derreck Robinson. All in all, the atmosphere around opening day of training camp seemed quite positive. This team appears loaded and looks ready to build on last season's success.

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