Coach Turner Takes Charge

The Chargers defense is ready to hit, full-pads style. Practice got more physical today as the team wrapped up day two and prepared for Monday's full-pad practice. On offense, All-Pro Antonio Gates got some help in the passing game as a pair of rookies stepped up and made Philip Rivers' job look easy.

Parking on Murphy Canyon eased slightly as the crowd lightened. The fans welcomed the breeze, not present on day one, and the Chargers continued to excel without him.

Philip Rivers demonstrated why, as he and the other quarterbacks took the backfield throwing passes to the wide receivers. Rookie Craig Davis made Rivers' job look easy. The ball seemed to effortlessly land in his hands. Versatile rookie, Legedu Naanee got in on the act as well, dominating between the hashes. Kassim Osgood made some nifty catches downfield but droped some catchable balls as well.

The cornerbacks were in the corner of the practice field running interception drills. The two corners looking to be the teams number one, Antonio Cromartie and Drayton Florence, both looked ready to work. Cromartie applied experience in the next session, where the cornerbacks faced the wide receivers one on one. He made an interception while shadowing Mark Simmons, a second-year pro out of Kansas. Cromartie visualized game time, taking the ball to the end zone.

Vincent Jackson was focused against Quinton Jones as he hauled in a pass that Jones had batted into the air. Antonio Gates and Eric Weddle went a few rounds of one on one, with Gates winning every time.

Next, the offense and defense split to opposite fields, and punter Mike Scifres ran the length of the field between them. When the teams met back up, Scifres and Brian Monroe practiced kicking the ball back and forth. The defense taunted the offense during the scrimmage. They pulled jerseys more aggressively than Saturday and tagged tougher; they are ready to pound.

Norv Turner yelled to be heard. Most of practice he was audible from the fences. Turner was displeased with a sloppy route by Naanee. He scolded the rookie: "You gotta get out there!"

Off the field, the Chargers girls set up shop signing autographs for fans. On the field, San Diego native Kendra Wilkinson of The Girls Next Door fame, came out to show her support for the AFC West Champions.

Practice ended 15 minutes early. The fans who were lined up at the fence chanted "L.T.," which started the football, poster, and jersey signings.

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