Antonio has the rookies eating Cro'

On day six, the rookies started to get their legs under them. But just as they were starting to get comfortable, Antonio Cromartie reminded them how much difference a year's experience can make. Elsewhere, Ron Rivera worked to overcome a lack of experience with his green group. Also, one of the regular stars of training camp got a harsh scolding from Head Coach Norv Turner.

Antonio Cromartie's had extra pep in his step during day six, much to the chagrin of the rookies. He established his vigor in warm-ups and carried it throughout the practice.

Cromartie was aggressive during the one-on-ones with the wide receivers. He intercepted a pass by Billy Volek, intended for Vincent Jackson. Later, Cromartie welcomed rookie Sonny Shackelford to the big leagues when he knocked the former Husky and five-sport athlete to the ground.

The big hit got Shackelford's attention, as he made a rolling catch near the sidelines later on; additionally, Shackelford was on the receiving end of a nifty touchdown toss by Charlie Whitehurst.

Cromartie remained solid during the special teams period, as he was the first one to get downfield and get a hand on the ultra quick Darren Sproles.

The full-squad scrimmage included even more vigorous play, much of it at the expense of the rookies. After a pass from Whitehurst to tight end Scott Chandler, Cromartie was there to lay a lick on the rookie from Iowa.

The linebackers have really taken to new coach Ron Rivera. After rookies Nick Roach and Zach Latimer were given freshman work pushing the blocking sleds to the sidelines to free up field space, Rivera took his crew to the center field to work on coverage skills. When Shawne Merriman dropped the ball, he was given face time with the field for a round of push-ups.

"You know (Rivera) loves me dropping the ball," Merriman said to his legion of fans. "Is it me or is it a conspiracy?"

Undrafted free agent Erik Robertson got the better of Jacques Cesaire during defensive one-on-ones. Cesaire was burdened with a knee brace as a result of the discomfort he experienced during Tuesday's practice. Luis Castillo overpowered Tony Pape, starting outside before slashing back in.

Malcom Floyd seemed to be missing in action, as the only thing he received was an ear full from Head Coach Norv Turner.

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